Arkansas Valley Publishing’s four newspapers in Salida, Buena Vista, Leadville and Fairplay took home a total of 17 awards from the 2012 Colorado Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Saturday in Denver.
The Mountain Mail
The Mountain Mail received four awards for the redesign of its website and one for its special section on Salida High School’s new building. The paper competes in the Class 6 category for daily papers with circulations up to 6,000.
Technical Director Yogi Hasselbrink and Webmaster Holly Russell won first place in both the Best Website-Daily-Community and Best Website-Daily-Interactivity categories. They also won third place in the Best Website-Daily-Design category.
The staff won third place in the Best Website-Daily-Content categories and Best Editorial Special Section categories. Contributing writers to the special section included: James Redmond, Merle Baranczyk, Cailey McDermott, Joe Stone, Arlene Shovald, Sean McAndrew, Paul Goetz, Ashlyn Stewart and Jessica Wierzbinski.
The Herald Democrat
The Herald Democrat in Leadville received six awards. The paper competes in the Class 3 category for weekly papers with circulations between 2,001 and 4,000.
Danny Ramey and Marcia Martinek won first place in Best Sustained Coverage for reporting on the U.S. 24 sinkhole.
Ramey, Martinek and Carol Werckman won first place in Best Deadline News Reporting for their story about the Treasure Fire.
Martinek won first place in Best Editorial Writing and third place in Best Deadline News Reporting for her story about a high-speed chase in July.
Ramey won first place in Best Sports Event Story for his story about a Leadville zip line.
The paper also won first place in Best Public Service for its Get the Lead Out campaign. Recipients of the award included Martinek, Werckman, Mary Franz, Karen Rinehart and Ann E. Wibbenmeyer.
The Flume received six awards. The paper competes in the Class 3 category for weekly papers with circulations between 2,001 and 4,000.
Tom Locke won second place in Best Investigative Story Package and third place in Best Series for a package about the 2011 investigation of the Hartsel fire chief.
Laura Van Dusen won first place in the Best Feature Story category for her story of Anne Blythe Speas’ life.
Mike Potter won first place in Best News Story and Best Agriculture Story for his work about the Intermountain Humane Society investigation and the trial of Vern Wagner, respectively. Potter also won third place in Best News Story for his story about Walter Kendall’s plea deal.
The Chaffee County Times
The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista received one award, taking second place in the Best Feature Story category for Casey Kelly’s story from the 2012 Gold Rush Days.
The paper competes in the Class 3 category for weekly papers with circulations between 2,001 and 4,000.