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Times Weekly is again named best

Aspen Times Staff Report

For the fifth year in a row, The Aspen Times has been named the best weekly newspaper in Colorado.

The Times Weekly Edition, competing against all the large circulation weeklies in the state in the Colorado Press Association’s annual contest, won the overall General Excellence Award.

The Times also won the “sweepstakes” awards for the best reporting and news coverage and the best photography and design.

“This is the best year we’ve ever had in the newspaper contest,” said Andy Stone, the Times editor in chief. “We have a great staff and they do great work under a whole lot of pressure.

“We put out five daily editions and one weekly every week. I think it’s astonishing that the staff even manages to get all that work done. The fact that they do it with prize-winning style and class is the icing on the cake.

“We think we put out a damn good paper. It’s great to have other newspaper professionals agree.”

Stone added, “I’m only sorry there aren’t prizes for the guys who print the paper. Our press crew does a great job too. Have I forgotten anybody?”

In addition to the three major awards, the Times staff took home 20 individual awards in weekly competition, plus three more awards in competition in the daily category.

The Times Daily Edition competes against papers with circulations of up to 100,000.

In the weekly competition, the Times captured five first-place prizes, nine second-place awards and six third-place awards.

The newspaper’s strongest showing was in the Photo and Design competition.

Times photographer Dan Bayer won four awards: first place for Best News Photograph, second for Best Feature Photograph, third for Best Sports Photograph and second for Best Photo Essay.

Times Photo Editor Michael Brands (now on assignment in Central America) grabbed a first-place award for photo essay and a second place for news photo.

Glenwood Independent photographer Roy Willey (a former Times photographer) took third place in the feature photo competition.

In the design competition, the Times production department, headed by Bryan Gonzales, took first place for overall editorial layout and design.

In addition, Assistant Production Manager Tony Medley took first place for Best Single Page Design.

In the Editorial competition, Times staffers picked up eight awards.

Reporter Scott Condon took second place for Best News Story.

Times editor Janet Urquhart won a third-place prize for Best Feature Story.

Reporter Jeremy Heiman took third place for Best Sports Story.

Former Times reporter Bob Ward, now working in Utah, won second place for Best Deadline Reporting.

Another former Times staffer, Melissa Schmitt, now working in California, won first prize for Best Business Story.

Times editor Andy Stone won a second-place award for Best Humorous Column, as well as a second-place for Best Headline Writing.

The Times editorial staff also won a third-place prize for Best Sustained Coverage.

In the Advertising competition, ad sales representative Lisa Yorker won a second-place prize for Best Use of Color in an Ad.

The Times also won the overall award for Best Advertising Layout and Design.

Times classified manager Laurie Vagneur took second place for Best Classified Section.

In the daily competition, photo editor Brands picked up a third place for Best News Photo.

Times Daily Edition columnist Su Lum won second place for Best Serious Column, while Hal Clifford took first place for Best Humorous Column.


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