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February 27, 2013
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Eagle Valley Enterprise earns top Colorado Press Association award

The Eagle Valley Enterprise won the Editorial Sweepstakes Award for Class II weekly newspapers at the Colorado Press Association annual convention in Denver last weekend.

The editorial sweepstakes honor is given to the newspaper in each circulation category to recognize top writing honors. The Enterprise won eight writing awards and eight design/photography awards in the 2012 Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Colorado Press Association. The newspaper collected eight first-place awards, five second-place awards and three third-place awards.

The Enterprise's 16 award winners were:

• First place - Best Feature Story: Pam Boyd and Derek Franz for "Going with the Flow" about local fire spinner Lauren Schmidt.

• First place - Best Business News Story: Pam Boyd for "Trash Talk" about the state of the local economy as reflected by statistics from the Eagle County Landfill.

• First place - Best Informational Graphic: Amanda Swanson for "Prom: Priceless or just pricey?" depicting the costs of various prom essentials.

• First place - Best Feature Photograph: Dominique Taylor for a front-page photo from the Eagle Canine Carnival.

• First place - Best Headline Writing: Pam Boyd and Derek Franz

• First place - Best Environmental Story: Derek Franz for "Access Issues" featuring a float trip down the Colorado River with Eagle County officials examining potential open space land parcels.

• First place - Best Health Enterprise Story: Derek Franz for "Starting Hearts," a story about automatic electronic defibrillator training.

• First place - Best Feature Page Design: Amanda Swanson

• Second place - Best Sports Story: Derek Franz for "Making the Calls" about local officials who moonlight as high school football referees.

• Second place - Best News Story: Pam Boyd for "Trash Talk."

• Second place - Best Feature Page Design: Amanda Swanson

• Second place - Best Overall Layout and Design: Amanda Swanson, Pam Boyd and Derek Franz.

• Second place- Best Business Feature Story: Pam Boyd for "Good things come in small packages" showing the communitywide economic impact made by small business owner Mollie Hay of InKaHoots.

• Third place - Best News Page Design: Amanda Swanson.

• Third place - Best Informational Graphic: Amanda Swanson for "Salaries, salaries, salaries" depicting administration office salary trends for Eagle County Schools.

• Third place - Best Education Story: Derek Franz for "Making History Come Alive," detailing Gypsum Creek Middle School student participating in a Civil War re-enactment at Maloit Park in Minturn.

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