WNPA 2022 Better Newspaper Contest winners

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2 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA About this publication This publication was edited, designed and produced by the WNPA staff, Executive Direc tor Fred Obee and Member Services Director JanayTheCollins.betterbnc.com website is provided and hosted by SmallTownPapers (smalltownpapers. com). Printing was donated by the Wenatchee World.Weare also indebted to the Newspaper Man agers Association, for helping supply out of state judges each year for our contest. Contents Advertising Division ....................................3-6 Special Sections ............................................7-8 News Division ...........................................9-20 General Excellence ...................................10-11 Photography Division ..............................20-23 Digital Division ..............................................23 2022 Better Newspaper Contest Contest Facts JUDGES: South Dakota Press Association BNC Committee Members Matt JanayFredBainbridgeSteveChinookWinters,ObserverPowell,IslandReviewObee,WNPACollins,WNPA NUMBER OF ENTRIES BY DIVISION Advertising: 231 entries Special Sections: 75 entries News: 1,166 NumberGeneralDigital:Photography:entries280entries30entriesExcellence:41entriesofParticipatingNewspapers: 48 CONTEST PERIODS Regular Contest Eligibility: Published April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 Tourism Special Sections Eligibility: Published by May 31, 2022 General Excellence Issues: Published weeks of Sept 12 & Dec 5, 2021, plus Publisher’s choice CIRCULATION GROUPS Circulation Group 1 – up to 2,000 Circulation Group 2 – 2,001 to 3,399 Circulation Group 3 – 3,400 to 6,999 Circulation Group 4 – 7,000 or higher

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 3 Ad of the Year Groups 1-4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Blaine by the Sea The Northern Light Second Place Michelle Nedved Pend Oreille County Fair The Newport Miner Third Place Ryan MethowRollingEdwardsHutsValley News Single Advertiser, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2 First Place Jeremy Fink & Gary Cichowski Chehalis Sheet Metal East County Journal Second Place Ryan NationalEdwardsParks Conservation Association Methow Valley News Third Place Ryan MethowNorthEdwardsValleyLumberValleyNews Group 3 First Place Rainier Powers About Time Port Townsend Leader Second Place Michelle Nedved Pend Oreille County Fair The Newport Miner Third Place Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team Skyview ColumbiaDentalBasin Herald Advertising Thanks to our 2022 sponsors!

4 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA Advertising Single Advertiser, Smaller than 1/2 Page Group 4 First Place Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst 7 TheElementsNorthern Light Second Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Bay Properties The Northern Light Third Place Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Canine Divine Pet Grooming Spa The Northern Light Single Advertiser, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1&2 First Place Adrian Catron-Ziegler & Kelly SkamaniaSandwichO’Malley-McKeeSmackdownCountyPioneer Second Place Ryan MethowTwispEdwardsRiverSuitesValleyNews Third Place Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Realogics Sotheby’s Realty, Marie Sinclair BainbridgeBennett Island Review Groups 3&4 First Place Theresa Murray Lynch Creek Shelton-MasonFarmCounty Journal Second Place Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team Imagine Realty Group, Shane Palmer Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Old Fashioned 4th of July The Northern Light Branding Ad Groups 1&2 First Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Vashon BeachcomberVashon-MauryPharmacyIsland Second Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah John L. Scott Real Estate Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Third Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Compass Vashon-MauryRealtyIsland Beachcomber Group 3 First Place Han Bui Miss Chinatown Thank You Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place Dana ColumbiaSeniorMorenoPicnic2021BasinHerald Third Place Theresa Shelton-MasonLifetimeMurrayLegalCounty Journal Group 4 First Place David BerkshireBoehmkeHathaway, Jenna Kussman The Reflector Second Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Windermere Real Estate, DeBoer & Stremler The Northern Light Third Place Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Peace Arch Park International Sculpture TheExhibitionNorthern Light Use of Small Space Groups 1&2 First Place John Myers Wild Bill’s Longbar Cheney Free Press Second Place Ileana InspireMartinezDevelopment Centers Sunnyside Sun Third Place Ileana Martinez Tami Graham Massage Sunnyside Sun Group 3 First Place Michelle Nedved Elkins Resort at Priest Lake The Newport Miner Second Place Melanie Fair Friends of the Lynden Library Lynden Tribune Third Place Melanie Fair Petal LyndenPushersTribune Group 4 First Place David TheButcherBoehmkeBoysReflector Second Place Tracy FederalZenithLongGardensWayMirror Third Place Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Discover Birch Bay Days The Northern Light Multiple-Advertiser Ad Groups 1&2 First Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Women in Vashon-MauryBusinessIsland Beachcomber Second Place Rhonda Hundertmark Tulip Map La Conner Weekly News Third Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Kids’ Holiday Vashon-MauryGreetingsIslandBeachcomber Groups 3&4 First Place Han Bui Eat. Play. Live. Learn. Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman, Molly Ernst & Louise Mugar Advice from the Pros The Northern Light Third Place Tracy Long & Cindy Ducich High School Sports Calendar Federal Way Mirror Ad Campaign Groups 1&2 First Place Job Wise L Bar Ranch Beef Sunnyside Sun

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 5 Ad Campaign Groups 1&2 Second Place Terry NorthernKittitasHambergBooksKittitas County Tribune Third Place Lindsay Smithberg, Molly Omann & Brenda JohnJorgensL. Scott Bainbridge Prepares Bainbridge Island Review Groups 3&4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Blaine by the Sea The Northern Light Second Place Tim KeyMustardHeitzmanSeedProjectPeninsulaNews Third Place Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Whole Pilates The Northern Light Color Ad, Full Page Groups 1-4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Samson Estates Winery The Northern Light Second Place Melanie Fair Rustlers and Rusty Wagon Lynden Tribune Third Place Michelle Nedved Albeni Falls Building Supply The Newport Miner Color Ad, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1-3 First Place Adrian Catron-Ziegler & Kelly O’MalleyStevensonMcKee Downtown Association Skamania County Pioneer Second Place Lindsay Smithberg & Brenda Jorgens Ace BainbridgeHardwareIsland Review Third Place Derek Smith Glass StanwoodQuestCamano News Group 4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Baker Creek Place The Northern Light Second Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Experience Coupeville The Northern Light Third Place Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Adventure Terra The Northern Light Color Ad, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2 First Place Dakota Harr & Brenda Jorgens Robin Callahan Designs Bainbridge Island Review Second Place Terry Hamberg Kitty City Motorcycle Poker Run Northern Kittitas County Tribune Third Place Terry Roslyn,HambergRonald, Cle Elum Heritage Club Northern Kittitas County Tribune Group 3 First Place Dana Moreno Best of the Basin 2021 Columbia Basin Herald Second Place Melanie TriumphFairLutheran Church Lynden Tribune Third Place Theresa Murray Tuppers Floor Shelton-MasonCoveringsCountyJournal Group 4 First Place Doug De Visser & Gary Lee Yeager’s Sporting Goods The Northern Light Second Place Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Bargain Betty’s Fireworks The Northern Light Third Place Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Railway Cafe The Northern Light Use of Clip Art Groups 1&2 First Place Terry MountainHambergVoices Christmas Concerts Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Ryan Edwards Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop Methow Valley News Third Place Jana RoslynStonerOld Town Christmas Northern Kittitas County Tribune Groups 3&4 First Place Melanie Fair Lynden Pioneer Museum Lynden Tribune Second Place Dana Moreno Light Up Moses Lake Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Bay Center Market The Northern Light Advertising

6 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA Newspaper House Ad Groups 1&2 First Place Derek UnearthingSmithStories that Keep Us Connected Stanwood Camano News Second Place Terry Buddy’sHambergBuddies Pet Giving Tree Northern Kittitas County Tribune Third Place Ryan MethowMethowEdwardsHomeValley News Group 3 First Place Kim 20,000FowlerPairs of Shelton-MasonEyesCounty Journal Second Place Dana Moreno 80 Years in July Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Meg Visger & Donna Etchey Less than a Cup of Coffee Port Townsend Leader Group 4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar TheWatersideNorthern Light Second Place Tim KeyMothersHeitzmanWeLovePeninsulaNews Third Place Tracy Long & Cindy Ducich Holiday Greetings Federal Way Mirror Most Original Idea Groups 1-4 First Place Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah BARC Pump Track Project Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Second Place Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Dank of America The Northern Light Third Place Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team Gary Mann Realty, Tara Zerbo Columbia Basin Herald Humorous Ad Groups 1-4 First Place Terry LaundryHambergMuttSelf-Service Dog Wash Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Michelle Nedved Sherman Campbell Funeral & Cremation TheServicesNewport Miner Third Place Derek StanwoodSmithCamano News Advertising Stanwood Camano News Youth-Oriented Content Groups 1&2 First Place Casey Clark & Michael Richard Windermere Real Estate Trick or Treat Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Terry RoslynHambergPublicLibrary Grab-n-Go Kits Northern Kittitas County Tribune Third Place Terry Hamberg Cle Elum-Roslyn School District Explore NorthernOutdoors Kittitas County Tribune Groups 3&4 First Place Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Birch Bay Waterslides The Northern Light Second Place Dave Shelton-MasonCraftyPierikTime County Journal Third Place Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Pirate Daze The Northern Light Advertising

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 7 Special Sections Topical, In-Paper Sections Groups 1&2 First Place Casey Clark, Michael Richard, Jim Fossett, Terry Hamberg & Jana Stoner Cle Elum Roundup 2021 Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Daralyn Anderson, Elizabeth Shepherd & Analise Hannah Island Child Vashon-Maury2021Island Beachcomber Third Place Olivia Harnack, Bill Stevenson, Jullene Sager, Lucy Lautenschlager & Roger Harnack State WhitmanBasketballCounty Gazette Groups 3&4 First Place Donna Etchey & Rainier Powers Perspectives 2021 Port Townsend Leader Second Place Kim Fowler, Theresa Murray & John Lester Anniversary Shelton-MasonSaluteCounty Journal Third Place Olivia Sullivan, Cindy Ducich & Tracy Long Taste of Federal Way Federal Way Mirror Tourism Special Sections Groups 1&2 First Place Raquee Rivera, Drew Herman, Robert Smith & Steven DiscoverPowellKitsap 2022 Bainbridge Island Review Second Place Raquee Rivera & Drew Herman North Olympic Visitor Guide 2022 Sequim Gazette Third Place Methow Valley News Staff Methow Valley Winter 2021-22 Methow Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Donna Etchey, Meg Visger & Port Townsend Leader GetawayStaffGuide 2022 Port Townsend Leader Second Place Eric LaFontaine, Maddie Coats & Madysen WoodinvilleMcLain Magazine Fall 2021 Woodinville Weekly Third Place Columbia Basin Herald Team Columbia Basin Tourism Guide 2022 Columbia Basin Herald Lifestyle/Culture Sections Groups 1&2 First Place Jana Stoner, Terry Hamberg, Michael Richard, Casey Clark & Jim Fossett Upper Kittitas County Builders’ Guide 2022 Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Methow Valley News Staff Methow Home 2022 Methow Valley News Third Place Methow Valley News Staff Health & Wellness 2021-22 Methow Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Donna Etchey, Meg Visger & Josh Hamilton Olympic Peninsula Lifestyle Summer 2021 Port Townsend Leader Second Place Eric LaFontaine, Maddie Coats & Madysen OutdoorsNWMcLain Magazine Winter 2021 Woodinville Weekly Third Place Donna Etchey, Rainier Powers & Josh OlympicHamiltonPeninsula Lifestyle Winter 2022 Port Townsend Leader

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 8 Special Sections Event/Festival Sections Groups 1-4 First Place Duby Petit, Jennifer Brown, John Williams & Jody AnacortesHendrixArts Festival Anacortes American Second Place Meg Visger, Donna Etchey & Port Townsend Leader WoodenStaffBoat Festival Port Townsend Leader Third Place Raquee Rivera, Molly Omann & Drew SequimLavenderHermanSeasonGazette Community Guide Sections Groups 1-4 First Place Columbia Basin Herald Team Adams County Magazine 2022 Columbia Basin Herald Second Place Methow Valley News Staff Methow Made Methow Valley News Third Place Tracy Long & Laura Theimer Auburn Residents Guide 2022 Auburn Reporter Special Section Covers Groups 1&2 First Place Raquee Rivera Best of BainbridgeBainbridgeIslandReview Second Place Joe MethowNovotnyValley Winter 2021-22 Methow Valley News Third Place Daralyn Anderson, Amy Drayer & Analise DestinationHannah Vashon 2022-23 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Groups 3&4 First Place Matthew Tangemen, Doug De Visser, Ian Haupt, Patrick Grubb & Louise Mugar Mount Baker Experience Summer 2021 The Northern Light Second Place Melanie Fair Play Whatcom 2021 Lynden Tribune Third Place Grant Gunderson, Doug De Visser, Ian Haupt, Patrick Grubb & Louise Mugar Mount Baker Experience Fall 2021 The Northern Light

9 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA News 2022 SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR First Place Patrick ChinookWebbObserver Second Place Justin Shelton-MasonJohnson County Journal Third Place Connor Benintendi Lynden Tribune 2022 NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR First Place Evan Stanwood-CamanoCaldwell News Second Place Kelly Camas-WashougalMoyer Post-Record Third Place Dee Omak-OkanoganCamp County Chronicle 2022 FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR First Place Patrick ChinookWebbObserver Second Place Laura Jean Schneider Port Townsend Leader Third Place Matthew Nash Sequim Gazette News Story, Long Group 1 First Place Heather ExplosionSpauldingonOrcas recorded 20 miles away Journal of the San Juan Islands Second Place Conor Wilson Lack of transit, housing fuels local labor Snoqualmieshortage Valley Record Third Place Anne FarmlandBasyetree planting to save salmon La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Brandon Hansen Drought impacting the last drop on area farms Chewelah Independent Second Place Natalie ReactionsJohnsontocoach’s suspension include protest Methow Valley News Third Place Marcy CountyStamperresidents report CenturyLink outages Methow Valley News Group 3 First Place Jessie OutrageStenslandoverfirings at WhidbeyHealth Whidbey News-Times Second Place Ralph Schwartz No easy fixes to Bellingham’s car theft problem Cascadia Daily News Third Place M. David Meyer Little Saigon cleanup Northwest Asian Weekly Group 4 First Place Henry Officer’sStewart-Wooduseofforceis detailed ahead of trial Auburn Reporter Second Place Ted MoreOlingerthana food bank Key Peninsula News Third Place Kienan LynnwoodInnovationsBriscoeinaerospaceTimes News Story, Short Group 1 First Place Anne Basye Heat hurts some farmer harvests La Conner Weekly News Second Place Mike De Felice Mom charged in death of daughter Port Orchard Independent Third Place Diana VolunteersZimmermanstepupto raise sunken boat Wahkiakum County Eagle Group 2 First Place Matthew Nash City, Catholic church partner on pedestrian SequimcrosswalkGazette Second Place Mary Jennings Aid to StanwoodUkraineCamano News Third Place Evan StanwoodSavingCaldwellthebellCamano News Group 3 First Place Patrick Webb One last wish for a dying grandma Chinook Observer Second Place Charles Featherstone Tragedy in Moses Lake Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Laura Jean Schneider Rescue saves 85 animals from hoarding PortsituationTownsend Leader Group 4 First Place Patrick Grubb Border reopening no magic pill The Northern Light Second Place Rick GroupsBannanhosthunt for veterans at wildlife refuge The Reflector Third Place Steve Hunter Unity for Ukraine rally calls for Putin to end Kentwar Reporter Breaking News Story Group 1 First Place Job FireWiseatNutrien forces evacuations Sunnyside Sun Second Place Brian EdmondsBoomSoergelrockscityBeacon Third Place Brian EdmondsDeathSoergelofanofficerBeacon

10 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA Group 1 First Place BeaconMukilteo David Pan & Debbie Magill Second Place BeaconEdmonds Brian Soergel Third Place Sunnyside Sun Sunnyside Sun Staff Group 2 First Place BeachcomberMauryVashon-Island Elizabeth Shepherd, Jenna Dennison, Shelbi Hart, Analise Hannah & Daralyn Anderson Second Place GazetteSequim Sequim Gazette Staff Third Place IndependentChewelah Andrea Arnold, Jared Arnold, Geno Ludwig, K.S. Brooks & Brandon Hansen General Excellence

Third Place Lynden Tribune Bill Helm Group 4 First Place Federal Way Mirror Cindy

ReporterAuburn Whale, Henry Stewart-Wood, Andy Hobbs & Carol Greiling Steve Hunter, Andy Hobbs, Marie Skoor & Carol

Greiling General Excellence

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WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 11 Group 3 First Place ObserverChinook Matt Winters, Luke Whittaker, Brandon Cline, Jeff Clemens, Patrick Webb & Cate Gable Second Place CountyShelton-MasonJournal

Third Place Kent Reporter

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John Lester, Justin Johnson, Gordon Weeks, Matt Baide, Kim Fowler, Dave Pierik & Murray Ducich, Olivia Sullivan, Andy Hobbs & Carol Greiling

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WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 12 News Breaking News Story Group 2 First Place Cathy Kane Three survive avalanche scare in White Pass Eastarea County Journal Second Place Evan Caldwell State of StanwoodemergencyCamano News Third Place Kira YoungEricksonsealrescued near Mutiny Bay South Whidbey Record Groups 3&4 First Place Laura Jean Schneider Fire on Protection Island a wakeup call to protect wildlife Port Townsend Leader Second Place Luke ChinookWeekendWhittakertragedyObserver Third Place Olivia Sullivan Man saved from car after driving into water Federal Way Mirror Health or Medical Story Group 1 First Place David LettingPanpeople know ‘It’s OK to not be OK’ Mukilteo Beacon Second Place Diane Craig When breast cancer is a triple threat Journal of the San Juan Islands Third Place Bill SpecialReynoldsmeaning on World Heart Day La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Andy ForensicNystromanthropology is in her bones Mercer Island Reporter Second Place Marcy Smoke,Stamperfirehave unhealthy effects on people Methow Valley News Third Place Matthew Nash New option to help tame tremors from afar Sequim Gazette Groups 3&4 First Place M. David Meyer Ethics and equity of vaccine passports Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place Cameron Sheppard Child dies from asthma attack at clinic Auburn Reporter Third Place Jessie HospitalStenslandboardfires CEO as money woes WhidbeyhighlightedNews-Times Environmental Story Group 1 First Place Kelly TeensMoyertackle toxic Camas-WashougalalgaePost-Record Second Place Anne Basye La Conner birders will make Christmas count La Conner Weekly News Third Place Sienna EnvironmentallyBoucher friendly tactics for burning Journal of the San Juan Islands Group 2 First Place Marcy BeaversStamperreclaim, reshape the Methow MethowlandscapeValley News Second Place Alex Bruell For Mt. Rainier’s resident wolverine, it’s TheparadiseCourier-Herald Third Place Philip WarmerWatnesstemperatures sustain wildfire risk Skamania County Pioneer Group 3 First Place Sophia Aldous Priest River fish die due to heat wave The Newport Miner Second Place Dee JudgeCampdismisses mine owners’ defenses Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Third Place Jeff GreenClemenscraberupt in Willapa Bay Chinook Observer Group 4 First Place Nick PlannedBelcasterrevival of the North Cascades grizzly The Northern Light Second Place Rick Bannan Port of Kalama announces lease will end The Reflector Third Place Nolan NooksackBakerRiver adjudication is likely The Northern Light Business News Story Group 1 First Place Kelly Camas-WashougalUppingMoyeralfresco Post-Record Second Place Anne Basye The MV Dorado has left the building La Conner Weekly News Third Place Anne Basye Hard to eat out or in if the food isn’t delivered La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Marcy Stamper Hiring woes hit Methow Valley marketplace Methowhard Valley News Second Place Matthew Nash Eateries seek support, workers during crisis Sequim Gazette Third Place Mary BusinessesJenningsbouncing back Stanwood Camano News Group 3 First Place M. David Meyer AAPI restaurants suffer and pine for relief Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place Joseph Update:ClaypooleWeedinOkanogan County Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Third Place Julia IntalcoLernerrestart hampered by federal statutes Cascadia Daily News Group 4 First Place Rick Bannan The Oak Tree rises again The Reflector Second Place Grace McCarthy NYC firm advancing in negotiations with TheAlcoaNorthern Light

13 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA News Business News Story Group 4 Third Place Henry Stewart-Wood Ashes to ashes, humans to soil Auburn Reporter Education Story Group 1 First Place Bob COVIDSmithcan’t dull the joy of being a new PortteacherOrchard Independent Second Place Colleen Smith English students inspire new learning Islands’strategiesSounder Third Place Bill CedarReynoldsHat,Eagle Feather ceremony La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Daniel DistrictWarnfaces public outcry over reopening Nisqually Valley News Second Place Michael Dashiell Mask dispute postpones school board meeting Sequim Gazette Third Place Steven Powell It’s not a fairytale, it’s a school Bainbridge Island Review Group 3 First Place Gordon Weeks ‘She’s ghosted Shelton-Masonus’County Journal Second Place Gordon Weeks Most masks come off in schools Shelton-Mason County Journal Third Place M. David Meyer ‘Invisible’ course at Bellevue College Northwest Asian Weekly Group 4 First Place Krisa PandemicBruemmerfuelsincrease in homeschooling Key Peninsula News Second Place Olivia Thiessen Do parents have a say over education? Lynnwood Times Third Place Sebastian Rubino High School teacher embarks on trip to Poland The Reflector Government Story Group 1 First Place David Pan No laws broken during candidate’s meeting Mukilteo Beacon Second Place Kelly Moyer Fire Department merger ‘not sustainable’ Camas-Washougal Post-Record Third Place Bob TransportationSmith needs top city’s 2022 wish list Port Orchard Independent Group 2 First Place Alex CouncilorBruellresponds to reports The Courier-Herald Second Place Steven Powell Video on police-court facility is ‘propaganda’ Bainbridge Island Review Third Place Michael Dashiell Mayor’s T-shirt draws criticism, support Sequim Gazette Group 3 First Place Brian SparksKellyflyas fire commissioner is removed Port Townsend Leader Second Place Janice TalkingNesamanitradewith Ambassador Tai Northwest Asian Weekly Third Place Joseph DistrictClaypoolelaunches investigation into allegations Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Group 4 First Place Olivia CouncilmemberSullivan slams the vaccinated Federal Way Mirror Second Place Kienan CouncilBriscoerejects mayor’s DEI Commission picks Lynnwood Times Third Place Patrick OfficialsGrubbplead for help with Point Roberts The Northern Light Crime & Court Story Group 1 First Place Mike De Felice Sheriff’s Deputy cleared of wrongdoing Port Orchard Independent Second Place Colleen Smith Kevin Taylor found not guilty Islands’ Sounder Third Place Brian EdmondsCOVIDSoergeltestscammerBeacon Group 2 First Place Alex InvestigatorsBruell find police shooting is justified The Courier-Herald Second Place Ray ChargesMiller-Stillfiledafter Halloween crash The Courier-Herald Third Place Alex BreakingBruelldown Washington police reform The Courier-Herald Group 3 First Place Dee ManCampcharged with murder in couple’s deaths Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Second Place Brian BurglaryKellysuspect hit with Taser Port Townsend Leader Third Place Brian Guilty:KellyJury reaches quick decision at trial Port Townsend Leader Group 4 First Place Olivia FederalSullivanWayman recovering after hit and run Federal Way Mirror Second Place Steve Mother’sHunterfight leads to $4.4M settlement Kent Reporter Third Place Olivia CoupleSullivankidnapped from Dash Point State Park Federal Way Mirror Social Issue Story Group 1 First Place David Mukilteo’sPan Asian Americans speak out Mukilteo Beacon Second Place Bob MayorSmiththreatens to take county to court Port Orchard Independent Third Place Mike De Felice Staff shortages impact care at Veterans Home Port Orchard Independent

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 14 News Social Issue Story Group 2 First Place Ashley Lodato Lively conversations about dying Methow Valley News Second Place Marcy Stamper LBHS teaches empathy and inclusivity Methow Valley News Third Place Matthew Juneteenth,Nashalleged hate crime bring 140 to Sequimprotest Gazette Group 3 First Place Karina Andrew Cost, accessibility of child care raises concerns Whidbey News-Times Second Place Kai 72-hourUyeharaparking rule hits home to homeless Cascadia Daily News Third Place Janice UnleashingNesamanithepower of the AAPI vote! Northwest Asian Weekly Group 4 First Place Kienan LynnwoodRebuildingBriscoealifeTimes Second Place Olivia Sullivan City says no to county’s needle exchange FederalprogramWay Mirror Third Place Chris HomelessRurikin high school Key Peninsula News Election Story Groups 1&2 First Place Steven Powell Hiding pro-growth debate Bainbridge Island Review Second Place Kelly Moyer Far beyond typical politics Camas-Washougal Post-Record Third Place Alex CandidateBruellresponds to renewed criticism The Courier-Herald Groups 3&4 First Place Don Gronning Late census info complicates redistricting The Newport Miner Second Place Mario Lotmore Binda fails to provide required documentation Lynnwood Times Third Place M. David Meyer Mayoral candidates split over style Northwest Asian Weekly Sports News Story Groups 1&2 First Place Rick MethowBeijingLewisboundValley News Second Place Rick HolstonLewissweeps to Mat Classic title Methow Valley News Third Place Steven Powell Top of the mound, top of the world Bainbridge Island Review Groups 3&4 First Place Brian WhereKellyisthe Love? In the end zone Port Townsend Leader Second Place Hailey Stump’sPalmerjumper seals state title Cascadia Daily News Third Place Ian Haupt & Janell Kortlever Blaine boys basketball to bi-district playoff The Northern Light COVID-19 Coverage Group 1 First Place Kelly SafetyMoyeristhe most important thing Camas-Washougal Post-Record Second Place David MukilteoPanis finally full open Mukilteo Beacon Third Place MaryRose COVID-19Dentoncommemorative quilt displayed La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Ray EnumclawMiller-Stillcouncil returns, but without masks The Courier-Herald Second Place Evan Caldwell A walking miracle Stanwood Camano News Third Place Marcy Long-haulStamperCOVID-19 victim Methow Valley News Group 3 First Place Laura Jean McDonald’sSchneider‘mom’dies of COVID Port Townsend Leader Second Place Gordon Weeks COVID claims beloved driver Shelton-Mason County Journal Third Place Dee Gebbers,CampL&I settle COVID case Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Group 4 First Place Kienan Briscoe ‘We ain’t cancelling church!’ Lynnwood Times Second Place Rick StudentsBannanprotest mask mandates The Reflector Third Place Kienan LynnwoodVaccineBriscoebillionairesTimes Art Reviews Group 1 First Place Ken “YouSternDon’t Belong Here” La Conner Weekly News Second Place Bob Mediascape:Smith YouTube and paid streaming PortservicesOrchard Independent Third Place Ken La“TheSternMedic”ConnerWeekly News Groups 2-4 First Place Kirk Shelton-Mason“HuntingBoxleitnerBigfoot”County Journal Second Place Kai Northwest“LoveCurryisBlind”Asian Weekly Third Place Kai Curry & Stacy Nguyen “Cowboy NorthwestBebop”Asian Weekly

15 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA News News of the Weird Groups 1&2 First Place Brian EdmondsSoergelfalls in love with a killer Edmonds Beacon Second Place Bill Stevenson & Jullene Sager Colfax’s haunted hospital Whitman County Gazette Third Place Natalie Johnson Naked driver hits vehicles, dog, cow Methow Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Patrick Webb Bigfoot believer steps up to critics Chinook Observer Second Place Sebastian Moraga New life, new name for local kitty The Quincy Valley Post-Register Third Place James CarolingSloanevent comes close to laying an egg Port Townsend Leader News Headlines Groups 1&2 First Place Evan HeadlinesCaldwelland captions Stanwood Camano News Second Place Briana HeadlinesAlzolaand captions Anacortes American Third Place Ric HeadlinesHallockand captions East County Journal Groups 3&4 First Place Patrick HeadlinesWebband captions Chinook Observer Second Place Joel HeadlinesMartinand captions (Ride of passage) Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Joel HeadlinesMartinand captions (Right on ‘cue) Columbia Basin Herald General Feature Story, Long Group 1 First Place Bob EscapingSmithUkraine’s horrors Port Orchard Independent Second Place Doug MakingFlanaganamore beautiful Washougal Camas-Washougal Post-Record Third Place Bill SwinomishReynoldsmember provides food sovereignty La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Ashley PodcastLodatoseries explores some stock answers Methow Valley News Second Place Alex Stories,Bruellhealing and reflection at The Moving TheWallCourier-Herald Third Place Leslie Kelly Death with dignity Bainbridge Island Review Group 3 First Place Patrick Webb The ChinookstuntmanObserver Second Place M. David Meyer Amidst uncertainty, Asians find ‘home’ through NorthwestgunsAsian Weekly Third Place Audrey Rogers Around the world and then some Port Townsend Leader Group 4 First Place Olivia Sullivan AJ’s coming home Federal Way Mirror Second Place Steve Hunter Kent man finally reunited with his Afghan KentfamilyReporter Third Place Kienan Briscoe Red Cross NW volunteer, Deb Phelps Lynnwood Times General Feature Story, Short Group 1 First Place David Pan Traffic signal, crosswalks have special meaning Mukilteo Beacon Second Place Bill TeenReynoldsusescodes to shed light on town’s past La Conner Weekly News Third Place David DiamondPanKnot serves up Thanksgiving meals Mukilteo Beacon Group 2 First Place Steven Powell Climb every mountain Bainbridge Island Review Second Place Peggy StanwoodTacklingWendellife’scurrentsCamanoNews Third Place Natalie RecycledJohnsonrockand roll Methow Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Cheryl Schweizer Couple celebrates platinum anniversary Columbia Basin Herald Second Place Olivia FindingSullivanloveand magic in Camelot’s courtyard Federal Way Mirror

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 16 News General Feature Story, Short Groups 3&4 Third Place James Sloan Cape George’s latest icon Port Townsend Leader Lifestyle Feature Story Group 1 First Place Bob Olalla’sSmith‘little slice of heaven’ Port Orchard Independent Second Place Colleen Smith Island elders take on the world Islands’ Sounder Third Place Colleen Smith A healthy infatuation Islands’ Sounder Group 2 First Place Marcy MethowBouquetsStamperinbloomValleyNews Second Place Joanna Bastian Along the Methow River, a garden for the ages Methow Valley News Third Place Ashley ChristmasLodatotree hunting in the wild Methow Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Steve Hunter Kent couple celebrates 75th wedding KentanniversaryReporter Second Place Sebastian Moraga The (stained) glass is always half full The Quincy Valley Post-Register Third Place Sophia VolunteerAldousbarkeep mixes show stopping ThecocktailsNewport Miner Business Feature Story Group 1 First Place Cameron RestaurantSheppardmakesa true farm-to-table Snoqualmieexperience Valley Record Second Place Doug CoupleFlanagancommits to full-time farm life Camas-Washougal Post-Record Third Place Anne GordonBasyeSkagit Farm featured by Martha LaStewartConner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Colette AnacortesHarvestWeeksatseaAmerican Second Place Joanna Bastian From bees to bottle Methow Valley News Third Place Matthew Nash The fibers of family Sequim Gazette Group 3 First Place Jaya Jack’sFlanaryBBQopening on State Street Cascadia Daily News Second Place Luke Whittaker Big risks, big clams Chinook Observer Third Place Sophia VerizonAldousslamsdoor on local retail The Newport Miner Group 4 First Place Emily Feek Home Farm offers farmer attractions for others The Northern Light Second Place Kienan ThanksgivingBriscoeturkey farmer Lynnwood Times Third Place Bo John Brusco Stories from Esther’s Place Lynnwood Times Animal Feature Story Groups 1&2 First Place Daniel RescuedWarncrow becomes Rainier man’s lifesaver Nisqually Valley News Second Place Briana AnacortesAlzolalab takes 3rd in competition Anacortes American Third Place Peggy StanwoodSoaringWendelbackCamano News Groups 3&4 First Place Laura Jean Schneider Local goats don’t kid around with invasive PortplantsTownsend Leader Second Place Laura Jean Schneider Local wildcats adapt to human presence Port Townsend Leader Third Place Matt Baide Cat program brings comfort to inmates Shelton-Mason County Journal History Feature Story Group 1 First Place Brian Soergel 9/11, A sadness couched in hope Edmonds Beacon Second Place Colleen Smith Happy 100th Moran State Park Islands’ Sounder Third Place Bill Reynolds An Inn made La Conner the place to stay La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Kira PickerEricksonfindsa toolbox full of Pacific NW SouthhistoryWhidbey Record Second Place Jim Fossett A WWII veteran’s unforgettable story Northern Kittitas County Tribune Third Place Emily Matthiessen Gone but not forgotten Sequim Gazette Group 3 First Place Patrick Webb Gordy and the sloth Chinook Observer Second Place Gordon ConnectingWeekslegendary novelist to Hoodsport Shelton-Mason County Journal Third Place Dee EarlyCampOkanogan had its own Turkey Drop Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 17 News History Feature Story Group 4 First Place Georgia Costa Mount Baker Theatre celebrates 95 years The Northern Light Second Place Sebastian WoodlandRubinomillstill operational after 146 years The Reflector Third Place Grace RailwayMcCarthyCafecelebrates caboose’s centennial The Northern Light Arts Feature or Story Group 1 First Place Brian Soergel Busy art, busy artist Edmonds Beacon Second Place Diane Craig Frank Islands’LoudinSounder Third Place Bill “TheReynoldsSpotted Owl” La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Alex AuthorBruellpens update on Judith Mawson The Courier-Herald Second Place Peggy StanwoodReturnWendelforredemptionCamanoNews Third Place Ashley MethowStrongerLodatothanbeforeValleyNews Group 3 First Place Andrew Hamlin Asian futures, without Asians Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place Charles Featherstone Lind artist reinvents the wheels Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Laura Jean Schneider Modernist adornments reflect a colorful life Port Townsend Leader Group 4 First Place Kienan MexicanBriscoefolkdance performance in Lynnwood Lynnwood Times Second Place Kienan LynnwoodBriscoeactor lands lead role in feature film Lynnwood Times Third Place Sebastian Rubino TV news corruption exposed in new novel The Reflector Sports Feature Story Group 1 First Place Doug FootballFlanaganhelpsCamas teen cope with mental Camas-Washougalhealth Post-Record Second Place Bill LostReynoldsGonzaga blanket found its way home La Conner Weekly News Third Place Bill CalicoReynoldsCupboard general manager was on a LarollConner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Philip WindsurfersWatnesstrain in Stevenson for 2024 SkamaniaOlympics County Pioneer Second Place Briana Alzola Sailing team done for fall, awaits spring Anacortes American Third Place Evan Caldwell Back on StanwoodtrackCamano News Groups 3&4 First Place Connor Benintendi A ‘surreal’ experience Lynden Tribune Second Place Connor Benintendi Lynden says goodbye to Jerry Kok Lynden Tribune Third Place Sebastian Rubino Wrestling coaches adjust to COVID-19 TheoutbreaksReflector Sports Personality Profile Group 1 First Place Doug Flanagan The comeback Camas-Washougalkid Post-Record Second Place Bill SelflessReynoldslegacy of late La Conner softball coach La Conner Weekly News Third Place Doug CassieFlanaganTempler is only member of girls bowling Camas-Washougalteam Post-Record Group 2 First Place Rick PrimedLewisfor the Paralympics Methow Valley News Second Place Nancy Treder Water polo coach’s splash of success Bainbridge Island Review Third Place Tyler Shuey La Tour sets sight on state title North Kitsap Herald Groups 3&4 First Place Lisa Bryan & Tina McKail Lacrosse and leukemia — Bo Clark’s long game Key Peninsula News Second Place Patrick Naselle’sWebbsmallest player has the biggest heart Chinook Observer Third Place Rebecca Pettingill MLHS alum Omori discusses career Columbia Basin Herald Personality Profile, Long Group 1 First Place Mike De Felice Dealing with sadness through song Port Orchard Independent Second Place David Pan Moon humbled by appointment Mukilteo Beacon Third Place Bill JohnReynoldsStephens’ road ends with retirement La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Alex Bruell For Miss Washington Teen, it’s ‘Life 2.0’ The Courier-Herald Second Place Alex Bruell At 105, Elma is full of memories, laughs The Courier-Herald

18 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA News Personality Profile, Long Group 2 Third Place Ashley Lodato A matter of biology Methow Valley News Group 3 First Place Nick Twietmeyer Port Townsend WWII vet looks back on 100th Port Townsend Leader Second Place M. David Meyer SPD Chief Diaz wrestling as liberation Northwest Asian Weekly Third Place Patrick Webb Zen and the art of a peninsula poet Chinook Observer Group 4 First Place Ian GettingHauptoff the beach The Northern Light Second Place Ted RoxAnneOlingerSimon is paying it forward Key Peninsula News Third Place Krisa Bruemmer & Lisa Bryan Dr. William Roes retires, sort of Key Peninsula News Personality Profile, Short Group 1 First Place Bill HoldingReynoldstheBaby Yoda balloon at Macy’s LaParadeConner Weekly News Second Place Colleen Smith Sheriff’s office welcomes Rion Brandt Islands’ Sounder Third Place Bob SpellingSmithbee goal-setter writes her first book Port Orchard Independent Group 2 First Place Alex Bruell Built to quilt The Courier-Herald Second Place Questen Inghram Portrait: The ‘magic of Michael’ Anacortes American Third Place Peggy SwimmingWendelacross the bay for grandma Stanwood Camano News Groups 3&4 First Place Gordon Weeks Turning 100 on Valentine’s Day Shelton-Mason County Journal Second Place James VolunteerSloanis graffiti artist’s worst nightmare Port Townsend Leader Third Place Karina VeteranAndrewwinsspotlight for ‘burrito walk’ WhidbeyphotographyNews-Times Comprehensive Coverage, Single Writer Group 1 First Place Kelly Moyer Drug detox center in Prune Hill neighborhood Camas-Washougal Post-Record Second Place Kelly PhysicianMoyerassistant opposes COVID-19 Camas-Washougalprecautions Post-Record Third Place David Pan Local area real estate market Mukilteo Beacon Group 2 First Place Kira SouthBlackEricksonbearsightingsWhidbeyRecord Second Place Mary ExploringJenningsCamano Island history Stanwood Camano News Third Place Cathy MortonKaneSchool District bond East County Journal Groups 3&4 First Place Dee ColdCampSprings Omak-Okanoganfire County Chronicle Second Place Grace WhatcomMcCarthyCounty floods The Northern Light Third Place Brandon Cline School bond homework Chinook Observer Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers Groups 1-4 First Place Evan Caldwell & Peggy Wendel Growing StanwoodforwardCamano News Second Place Kira Erickson & Jessie Stensland Deer Lagoon Grange South Whidbey Record Third Place Bill Helm, Cal Bratt & Elisa Claassen Flood ravages Whatcom County Lynden Tribune Investigative Reporting Groups 1-4 First Place Jessie InvestigationStenslandclears school Superintendent Whidbey News-Times Second Place Brock SchoolHiresboard votes to sanction Moser Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Third Place Daniel AdministratorWarn subject of investigations Nisqually Valley News Sports Page Design Groups 1-4 First Place Jaya Flanary One Step from the Top Cascadia Daily News Second Place Connor Benintendi Triple Crown Town Lynden Tribune Third Place Steven Powell State Swim Meet Bainbridge Island Review Feature Page Design Groups 1&2 First Place Jana Stoner & Jim Fossett Youth Essay Contest Winner Northern Kittitas County Tribune Second Place Ric GoodwinHallockEnjoys the Good Life East County Journal Third Place Ric SchoolsHallockGear Up Program East County Journal

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 19 News Feature Page Design Groups 3&4 First Place Randy Wrighthouse Ghost ChinookBoatsObserver Second Place Joel ThoughtMartinfor Food Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Brian LaughinGnomeKelly Pottery Port Townsend Leader Front Page Design Groups 1&2 First Place Briana Alzola & Colette Weeks Lack of AnacortesHousingAmerican Second Place Ric EastS’moreHallocktheMerrierCountyJournal Third Place Briana Alzola & Colette Weeks Bursting with Happiness Anacortes American Groups 3&4 First Place Bill We’reHelmNo. 1! Lynden Tribune Second Place Brian Kelly Dyed in the Wool Port Townsend Leader Third Place Joel Martin Eye on ColumbiaTrafficBasin Herald Editorial Group 1 First Place Ken BuyingSterninto affordable housing La Conner Weekly News Second Place Bob ElectingSmithcandidates is serious business Port Orchard Independent Third Place Diane KarmaCraiginacaring community Islands’ Sounder Group 2 First Place Bertha SequimWardrobeCoopermaleficenceGazette Second Place Ray Miller-Still My first Father’s Day The Courier-Herald Third Place Elizabeth Shepherd Charlie’s Vashon-Maurychoice Island Beachcomber Group 3 First Place Michelle Nedved We regret divisive editorial cartoon The Newport Miner Second Place Matt Winters Time has come to rein in fireworks noise, Chinookchaos Observer Third Place Jessie Stensland Road projects shows city’s priorities askew Whidbey News-Times Group 4 First Place Margot Griffiths Help save historic Icelandic landmark The Northern Light Second Place Stevan Harrell The local challenges of climate change The Northern Light Third Place Lisa GettingBryanalong with others Key Peninsula News Editorial Cartoon Groups 1-4 First Place Len MethowDemocracyBaublitzValley News Second Place Brad Omak-OkanoganInvasiveSkiffspecies County Chronicle Third Place Brad Skiff The Big Omak-OkanoganBrush County Chronicle Editorial Pages Groups 1-4 First Place Don MethowEditorialNelsonpagesValley News Second Place Elizabeth Shepherd Editorial Vashon-Maurypages Island Beachcomber Third Place Ken LaEditorialSternpagesConnerWeekly News

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 20 News General Interest Columns Group 1 First Place Ken MusingsStern— On the Editor’s Mind, December La2021Conner Weekly News Second Place Mel Damski If I Ran the Zoo La Conner Weekly News Third Place Ken MusingsStern— On the Editor’s Mind, February 2022 La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Don Nelson No Bad Days April 2021 Methow Valley News Second Place Ray Miller-Still Our Corner The Courier-Herald Third Place Don Nelson No Bad Days March 2022 Methow Valley News Group 3 First Place Cate ChinookCoastGableChroniclesObserver Second Place Kirk Shelton-MasonTheseEricsonTimes County Journal Third Place Bill Helm At the LyndenHelmTribune Group 4 First Place Robert AuburnWhale’sWhaleTalesReporter Second Place Phyllis Henry Coast to Coast Key Peninsula News Third Place Carolyn Wiley Devil’s Head Diary Key Peninsula News Topical Columns Groups 1&2 First Place Frank NorthernFranklySchuchmanSpeakingKittitasCounty Tribune Second Place Solveig Torvik Hello Methow2021Valley News Third Place Solveig Torvik Hello Methow2022Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Samantha Pak On the NorthwestShelfAsian Weekly Second Place Chris Rurik Into the Wild Key Peninsula News Third Place Mark Woytowich On The Shelton-MasonTrail County Journal Photography B/W Feature, Portrait or Pictorial Photo Groups 1-4 First Place Michael StarlingsDashiellinsearch of supper Sequim Gazette Second Place TeAire SlipperyBaierGulch egg toss Whitman County Gazette Third Place Emily Matthiessen Gone but not forgotten Sequim Gazette B/W Sports Photo Groups 1-4 First Place Michael SequimWrestlingDashielldonutGazette Second Place Roger WhitmanMuttonHarnackbustin’County Gazette Third Place Roger Harnack Steer WhitmanwrestlingCounty Gazette Photo Essay Group 1 First Place Andrew Hamil & Ileana Martinez Christmas in Sunnyside Sunnyside Sun Second Place David Pan A drive-by celebration for Kamiak’s Class of Mukilteo2021 Beacon Third Place Brian Soergel July 4 in EdmondsEdmondsBeacon Group 2 First Place K.S. Children’sBrooksArts Festival a big hit with kids Chewelah Independent Second Place Steve Mitchell Back in the saddle Methow Valley News Third Place Ray FamilyMiller-Stillbonding at the annual boogie The Courier-Herald Group 3 First Place Luke ThroughWhittakerrain,silt and oyster spat Chinook Observer Second Place Luke Whittaker Big risk, big clams Chinook Observer Third Place Han Bui, Assunta Ng, Rick Wong & Max CelebratingChan the Year of the Tiger Northwest Asian Weekly Group 4 First Place Jared DetectiveWenzelburgerJeremyBrown’s memorial service The Reflector Second Place Tina McKail & Caleb Galbreath Home Fourth of July parade Key Peninsula News Third Place Ed Johnson, Chris Rurik & Tina McKail Out & About November 2021 Key Peninsula News

21 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA Photography Breaking News Photo Groups 1&2 First Place Job SlayingWisethe dragon Sunnyside Sun Second Place Roger FlamesHarnackeruptnear Cheney Cheney Free Press Third Place Marissa Conklin When it pours the river floods La Conner Weekly News Groups 3&4 First Place Luke ChinookWeekendWhittakertragedyObserver Second Place Bill FamiliesHelmdisplaced in Sumas Lynden Tribune Third Place Al OkanoganCamp Omak-Okanoganblaze County Chronicle ofPhotographertheYear Groups 1-4 First Place Luke ChinookWhittakerObserver Second Place Evan NewsStanwoodCaldwellCamano Third Place Matt CountyShelton-MasonBaideJournal

22 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA Photography General News Photo Group 1 First Place Ken Stern A perfect parade on a perfect day La Conner Weekly News Second Place Sarah RecordWallsweight zucchini La Conner Weekly News Third Place Nancy Crowell A bright night on the channel La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Don Nelson Fighting fire by air Methow Valley News Second Place Matthew O. Stephens Jurassic parking Cheney Free Press Third Place Philip RibbonWatnesscutting for brewery’s new building Skamania County Pioneer Group 3 First Place Hailey Ukrainian-AmericanHoffman children at the Peace CascadiaArch Daily News Second Place Laura Jean Schneider Big horses, big love Port Townsend Leader Third Place Hailey WashingtonHoffmanBulb Company workers unionize Cascadia Daily News Group 4 First Place Chuck LummiKinzercarvers bring totem pole to Birch Bay The Northern Light Second Place Richard BlessingSturgilloftheFleet honors those lost at sea The Northern Light Third Place Ian BlaineHauptstudents arrive for in-person classes The Northern Light Color Feature Photo Group 1 First Place Andrew Hamil All treats, no tricks Sunnyside Sun Second Place Andrew Hamil Off the SunnysidewallSun Third Place Brian BakingSoergelinthe heat Edmonds Beacon Group 2 First Place Chris Johnson Snow fun for the dog East County Journal Second Place Steve MethowAboveMitchellitallValley News Third Place Evan Caldwell A monster splash Stanwood Camano News Group 3 First Place Luke Whittaker Fireworks backflip Chinook Observer Second Place Luke ClammersWhittakerstalk the surf Chinook Observer Third Place Bill Helm The groom has cold feet Lynden Tribune Group 4 First Place Olivia Sullivan Seniors celebrate final week before graduation Federal Way Mirror Second Place Ian RunnersHauptrace from Peace Arch Park The Northern Light Third Place Rick ChaunceyBannanat DOGPAW clean up event The Reflector Color Portrait Photo Groups 1&2 First Place Matthew O. Stephens Fairchild dogs show off skills Cheney Free Press Second Place Steve Mitchell ‘49er Days junior royalty Methow Valley News Third Place Emily StitchingMatthiessentogetherthe colorful pieces Sequim Gazette Groups 3&4 First Place Luke Whittaker Big risk, big clams Chinook Observer Second Place Hailey 72-hourHoffmanparking rule hits home to homeless Cascadia Daily News Third Place Don ClocksGronningabetter hobby for Newport man The Newport Miner Color Pictorial Photo Group 1 First Place Sarah AnotherWallsfall migration on the wing La Conner Weekly News Second Place Sarah Walls A snowfall of snow geese La Conner Weekly News Third Place Nancy MagicalCrowellGolden Valley sunrise La Conner Weekly News Group 2 First Place Evan Caldwell Birds are StanwoodcallingCamano News Second Place David SouthRainbowWeltonferryWhidbey Record Third Place Ann McCreary All Methowclear Valley News Groups 3&4 First Place Emily Feek Home Farm U-Pick & Events The Northern Light Second Place Dee Camp A piece of pedaling heaven Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Third Place Gordon Weeks Good morning, Shelton Shelton-Mason County Journal Color Sports Action Photo Group 1 First Place Andrew Hamil Benitez victory at Mat Classic Sunnyside Sun

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 23 Newspaper Website Groups 1-4 First Place Steven Powell, Tyler Shuey & Nancy BainbridgeBainbridgeReview.comTrederIslandReview Second Place Han NorthwestNWAsianWeekly.comBuiAsianWeekly Third Place Michelle LaLaConnerWeeklyNews.comHavistConnerWeeklyNews Online Ad Groups 1-4 First Place John AmericanAnacortesSummerTracy’sWilliamsFurnitureClearance Second Place John Tracy’sWilliamsFurniture Pre-4th of July AnacortesEvent American Third Place John Williams FC AnacortesFlooringAmerican Online Photo Essay Groups 1-4 First Place Hailey Hoffman The Betties are ‘breaking hearts and body parts’ Cascadia Daily News Second Place Methow Valley News Staff & Contributors Firefighting on several fronts Methow Valley News Third Place Natalie Johnson Rubber ducky, you’re the one Methow Valley News Video Groups 1-3 First Place Ruth Bayang, Assunta Ng, Nuk Suwanchote, Minh Le, John Liu & George Liu Seattle celebrates 1st Asian NorthwestMayor Asian Weekly Second Place Colette FarmersWeeksMarket opening day Anacortes American Third Place Colette Weeks Sea cucumbers harvested at sea Anacortes American Group 4 First Place Bo John Brusco Local Eats: Zuri’s Donutz Lynnwood Times Second Place Bo John Brusco Local Eats: Taqueria Puebla Lynnwood Times Third Place Ruth Lauman C Street Halloween Carnival TheSpooktacularNorthern Light Special Interest Website Groups 1-4 First Place Alyniece McGee, Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Pacific Coast Weddings The Northern Light DigitalPhotographyColor Sports Action Photo Group 1 Second Place Andrew MustangHamilLay’lee Dixon goes for a layup Sunnyside Sun Third Place Andrew GreyhoundHamilgirls fall to SunnysideProsser Sun Group 2 First Place Steve MethowFinishingMitchellkickValley News Second Place Evan Caldwell Mat StanwoodClassicCamano News Third Place Michael Dashiell Wolves top Roughriders Sequim Gazette Groups 3&4 First Place Al Omak-OkanoganAirborneCamp County Chronicle Second Place Al Omak-OkanoganSoftballCampcatch County Chronicle Third Place Al StampedeCamp Omak-Okanoganrace County Chronicle Color Sports Feature Photo Groups 1&2 First Place Chris EastMakingJohnsonfacesCountyJournal Second Place Steve DoggieMitchelldashbrings smiles to the trail Methow Valley News Third Place Chris EastFutureJohnsonhoopsterCountyJournal Groups 3&4 First Place Don TheWaitingGronningtorunNewportMiner Second Place Patrick Webb One player’s face Chinook Observer Third Place Justin Johnson All smiles at first base Shelton-Mason County Journal Al Camp of the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle swept the color sports action category in groups 3&4. This rodeo rider took first.

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