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Top awards for Times Weekly

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The Aspen Times Weekly has again been named the best large-circulation weekly newspaper in the state of Colorado.

The Times won the General Excellence award as the best weekly newspaper with a circulation of 4,000 or more at Saturday’s Colorado Press Association annual convention in Denver.

This marks the eighth straight year that the Times has captured the General Excellence award.

In addition to General Excellence, the Times also won awards for having the best newswriting and reporting in its class and for the best photography and design.

Times writers, reporters, photographers and designers also won a number of awards ranging from Best News Story to Best Advertising Campaign.

The newspaper’s editorial cartoonist, Chris Cassatt, won a special award as the best editorial cartoonist in any daily newspaper in the state, regardless of circulation. In winning that prize, Cassatt bested editorial cartoonists from the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post, who finished in second and third place in the competition.

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The Times Weekly’s individual awards included:

– Allyn Harvey, Best News Story, first place.

– Allyn Harvey, Best Feature Story, first place.

– Scott Condon, Best Business Story, first place.

– Andy Stone, Best Humorous Column, first place.

– Michael Brands, Best News Photograph, first place.

– Sallie Shatz, Best Feature Photograph, first place, and Best Sports Photograph, second place.

– Barbara New, Best Advertising Campaign, second place.

– Jesse Davis, Best Advertising Campaign, third place.

– Editorial staff, Best Sustained Coverage, first place (for coverage of Aspen’s recent problems with declining ski business).

– Editorial and production staff, Best Special Section, second place (for Race for the Cure).

– Production staff, Best Editorial Layout and Design, third place.

– Classified department, Best Classified Section, second place.

The Aspen Times Daily Edition also won a number of awards in competition against daily papers with circulations ranging from 10,000 to 100,000.

Those awards included:

– Janet Urquhart, Best Humorous Column, second place.

– John Chmielewski, Best Small Space Ad, second place.

– Advertising production staff, Best Advertising Special Section, second place.

– Advertising production staff, Best Advertising Campaign, third place.

– Advertising production staff, Best Advertising Layout and Design, third place.

The Aspen Times was not the only newspaper from the Roaring Fork Valley to win honors in the press association contest.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent, competing against all daily newspapers with circulation under 10,000, won the overall award for Best Photography and Design, as well as a host of individual awards.

Those awards included second place in Best News Story for Donna Daniels; third place in Best Humorous Column writing for Heidi Rice; and first place in Best Single Page Design for Roy Willey.

Post Independent photographer Jim Noelker won five awards, including the prestigious Best In Show for photography, an award given to the best photo entry by any paper, daily or weekly, regardless of circulation.

Noelker’s other awards included Best News Photograph, first place; Best Feature Photograph, second place; and Best Photo Essay, first and second place.

The Post Independent also won awards for Best Sustained Coverage, Best Special Section, Best Editorial Layout and Design, Best Advertising Layout and Design and Best Advertising Special Section.

The Snowmass Sun also won a number of awards, competing in the class for weekly newspapers with circulation between 1,750 and 4,000.

Those awards included, Madeleine Osberger and Carolyn Sackariason, Best Public Service, third place; Michelle Fox, Best Editorial Layout and Design, first place, and Best Single Page Design, third place; and second place in Best Special Section for the paper’s staff.

The Carbondale Valley Journal also received a number of awards, including Karl Terry, Best Humorous Column, second place; Best Editorial Writing, second place, for the paper’s editorial board; and Best Special Section, third place, for the paper’s staff.

Noelker also won two awards for his work in the Valley Journal: Best Feature Photograph, third place, and Best Sports Photograph, third place.

The Rifle Citizen Telegram also did extremely well in the contest, tying for the overall prize for newswriting and reporting for weekly papers with circulations between 1,750 and 4,000.

The Citizen Telegram also won awards for Best News Story, Best Feature Story, Best Deadline Reporting, Best Sustained Coverage, Best Editorial Layout and Design and Best Informational Graphic.

All five papers – The Aspen Times, Glenwood Post Independent, Snowmass Sun, Valley Journal and Citizen Telegram – are part of Colorado Mountain News Media, which is owned by Swift Newspapers.

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