For the seventh year in a row, The Aspen Times Weekly has been named the best weekly newspaper in the state of Colorado. |

For the seventh year in a row, The Aspen Times Weekly has been named the best weekly newspaper in the state of Colorado.

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Times Weekly was awarded the “Sweepstakes Award for General Excellence,” competing against all the large-circulation weekly newspapers in the state. The Times has won the General Excellence award every year since 1994.In addition to the overall General Excellence Sweepstakes, the Times won the sweepstakes awards for Editorial content and for Photo & Design.The Times also won a special “Best of Show” award for its overall design. While most of the awards in the annual Colorado Press Association contest are given in separate categories for daily and weekly newspapers and are further broken down by circulation categories, the Best of Show awards are separated simply into Photo & Design, Editorial and Advertising. This means that the Times’ design was judged to be the best of any newspaper in the state, regardless of size.”It’s an extraordinary honor to get that award,” said Times Publisher Mitch Bettis. “It meant that the judges felt our weekly’s design was better than any of the big papers in the state – the Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Post, you name it. It’s an incredible tribute to our design crew.”The Aspen Times Daily also picked up a number of awards in the competition for daily newspapers with circulations between 10,000 and 100,000.Ross Kribbs took a first-place award for Best News Photograph. Jen Sehnal and B. New won first place for Best Color Ad. B. New and Amy Rogers won first place for Best Ad Campaign. Laurie Vagneur won first place for Best Classified Section. And the newspaper’s ad staff won first place for overall Best Advertising Layout & Design. Other valley papers A number of other Roaring Fork Valley newspapers – all owned by Swift Newspapers of Reno, Nev. – also were honored in the annual contest.The Snowmass Sun, competing in the medium-sized weekly category, won two individual awards. Madeline Osberger won a first-place prize for Best Business Story, and she teamed up with Carolyn Sackariason to win a second-place award in the Best Deadline News Reporting competition.In competition for dailies with circulations of less than 10,000, both the Glenwood Independent and the Glenwood Post won numerous awards. (The two papers are now combined as the Glenwood Post Independent, but for the period covered by the contest, the papers were separately owned and operated.)The Glenwood Post won 14 individual awards, plus the sweepstakes award for Editorial content. Those included first-place awards for Dennis Webb, Dale Shrull, Tamie Meck and the advertising staff.The Glenwood Independent picked up nine individual awards, including first-place prizes for Dale Strode, Heather McGregor, Jim Files, Roy Willey, Julie Carruta, the design staff and the editorial staff.In the competition among medium-sized weeklies, the Rifle Citizen Telegram won 11 separate awards, plus the Advertising Sweepstakes.Competing in the same large-weekly class as The Aspen Times, the Western Slope Sunday picked up two individual awards – both for pieces written by Dale Shrull: a third place for Editorial Writing and a first place for Serious Columns. Times Weekly awards In addition to the Best in Show, the General Excellence award and the Editorial and Photo & Design sweepstakes awards, the Times Weekly won a total of 22 awards, they included:First-place awards: Scott Condon (two awards), Best News Story and Best Business Story; Tim Mutrie, Best Sports Story; Allyn Harvey, Best Feature Story; Andy Stone, Best Headlines; Dan Bayer, Best Photo Essay; Josh Lewis, Best Informational Graphic; Editorial staff, Best Public Service Series; Design staff, Best Editorial Layout and Design.Second-place awards: Allyn Harvey, Business Story; Andy Stone, Serious Column; Michael Brands (two awards), Feature Photo and Photo Essay; Dan Bayer, Sports Photo; Ad staff, Advertising Layout & Design; Editorial board, Editorial Writing.Third-place awards: Michael Brands, News Photo; Dan Bayer, Sports Photo, Bonnie Mineo, Page Design; Chris Cheo, Black & White Ad; B. New, Newspaper Promotion.

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