Editor's note: This story was updated on April 15 to include more information about the contest and awards.
The Montrose Daily Press won 24 awards at the Colorado Press Association's annual conference in Aurora Saturday night.
Among those awards, the Montrose Daily Press was recognized by the CPA for "Editorial Sweepstakes," "Photo and Design Sweepstakes," and "General Excellence" honors as the best newspaper in its class in the 2018 CPA Better Newspaper Contest. The awards dinner was held at the Hyatt Regency in Aurora. The 2018 contest period was Sept. 1, 2017- Aug. 31, 2018. Members of the Missouri Press Association judged all entries.
"I'm thrilled to see the hard work of our staff recognized by the Colorado Press Association," Montrose Daily Press managing editor Justin Tubbs said.
"I'm very proud of our editorial team," said publisher Dennis Anderson. "Having their hard work recognized by the industry is quite an accomplishment. We will continue to strive to provide Montrose with excellent community journalism."
The Montrose Daily Press competes against other newspapers in the small daily class, daily newspapers up to 6,000 in circulation.
• Best multimedia to Monica Garcia and Matt Lindberg for the "Montrose Vibes" podcast episode, featuring community member Jim Elder.
• Best series to Katharhynn Heidelberg for "A death in Parlin,” concerning the murder of Jacob Millison.
• Best agricultural story to Katharhynn Heidelberg for “Hops cropping up.”
• Best health story to Monica Garcia for "Courage for Cove,” a young Montrose boy battling cancer. The judge found it “Very touching feature story and nicely written. Great lede.”
• Best sports story to Matt Lindberg for “Nobody like Coach Mo,” Mike “Mo” Scarry. The judge wrote:
“Readers of the Montrose Daily Press should be proud to call this paper their own. Stories such as 'Nobody Like Coach Mo' likely appealed to a wide variety of readers as it reaches the die-hard sports fans and the lovers of a good feature. Job well done.”
• Best story/photo combo to Katharhynn Heidelberg and Sydney Warner for “The slice of life,” featuring Dave Frank, who competed on the History Channel’s “Knife or Death.”
• Best sustained coverage to Katharhynn Heidelberg for her coverage of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors. “This was a terrific story with lots of humanity. I'm sure your readers followed this closely,” the judge commented. “You did a good job of covering the nuts and bolts of the investigation while providing the very people oriented followups.”
• Best feature page design to Monica Garcia and Matt Lindberg, for “Climbing above,” illustrating a story about veteran and climber Steven Baskis.
• Best news photo to Sydney Warner, for a photo of Women’s Equality Day.
• Best sports photo to Sydney Warner, for “Baseball huddle.” The judge wrote: “I’ve been in sports photojournalism for years and this is by far one of the most memorable photos that I have ever seen. Excellent job of showing a unique perspective and capturing the personality of the players on the baseball team.”
• Advertising special section for "Montrose Strong."
• Best news story to Katharhynn Heidelberg for “Litany of grief,” when family members affected by the Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors investigation spoke at a public event.
• Best breaking/deadline reporting to Katharhynn Heidelberg for "FBI mum on Sunset Mesa raid.”
• Best agricultural story to Andrew Kiser for "A hoppy good time." The judge wrote: “Good choice to lead with specific vendor's story … struck a good balance, offering detail without overwhelming a casual reader.”
• Best environmental story to Katharhynn Heidelberg for "River at risk."
• Best health story for "Strong-hearted.”
• Best business story to Katharhynn Heidelberg for "Auto sellers decry executive order."
• Best glossy editorial special section for "Montrose Strong." The judge remarked: “I really enjoyed the local reporting and local imagery. The action shots added to the story. I love the growth of the community and how it is preserved here.”
• Best news photo to Sydney Warner for “On a rail.”
• Best sports photo to Sydney Warner for “Wizards excitement.”