WNPA 2022 Better Newspaper Contest winners

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2022 Better Newspaper Contest

Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Oct. 7-9, 2022 Bellingham, WA


2022 Better Newspaper 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

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Contest Facts

JUDGES: South Dakota Press Association BNC Committee Members Matt Winters, Chinook Observer Steve Powell, Bainbridge Island Review Fred Obee, WNPA Janay Collins, WNPA NUMBER OF ENTRIES BY DIVISION Advertising: 231 entries Special Sections: 75 entries News: 1,166 entries Photography: 280 entries Digital: 30 entries General Excellence: 41 entries Number of Participating Newspapers: 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

About this publication

This publication was edited, designed and produced by the WNPA staff, Executive Director Fred Obee and Member Services Director Janay Collins. The betterbnc.com website is provided and hosted by SmallTownPapers (smalltownpapers. com). Printing was donated by the Wenatchee World. We are also indebted to the Newspaper Managers Association, for helping supply out of state judges each year for our contest.


Advertising Ad of the Year Groups 1-4

Second Place

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 Edwards North Valley Lumber Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Third Place

Rainier Powers About Time Port Townsend Leader

Ryan Edwards Rolling Huts Methow Valley News

Second Place

Single Advertiser, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2 First Place

Ryan Edwards National Parks Conservation Association Methow Valley News

Jeremy Fink & Gary Cichowski Chehalis Sheet Metal East County Journal

Michelle Nedved Pend Oreille County Fair The Newport Miner

Third Place

Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team Skyview Dental Columbia Basin Herald

Thanks to our 2022 sponsors!

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Advertising Single Advertiser, Smaller than 1/2 Page Group 4

Group 3

First Place

Michelle Nedved Elkins Resort at Priest Lake The Newport Miner

First Place

Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst 7 Elements The Northern Light

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Bay Properties The Northern Light

Third Place

Melanie Fair Friends of the Lynden Library Lynden Tribune

Second Place

Melanie Fair Petal Pushers Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Canine Divine Pet Grooming Spa The Northern Light

Group 4

First Place

Single Advertiser, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1&2

David Boehmke Butcher Boys The Reflector

First Place

Adrian Catron-Ziegler & Kelly O’Malley-McKee Sandwich Smackdown Skamania County Pioneer

Second Place

Ryan Edwards Twisp River Suites Methow Valley News

Third Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Realogics Sotheby’s Realty, Marie Sinclair Bennett Bainbridge Island Review

Groups 3&4 First Place

Theresa Murray Lynch Creek Farm Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Second Place

Group 3

First Place

Han Bui Miss Chinatown Thank You Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Dana Moreno Senior Picnic 2021 Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Theresa Murray Lifetime Legal Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 4

First Place

David Boehmke Berkshire Hathaway, Jenna Kussman The Reflector

Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Team Imagine Realty Group, Shane Palmer Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Old Fashioned 4th of July The Northern Light

Third Place

Third Place

Branding Ad Groups 1&2 First Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Vashon Pharmacy Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Windermere Real Estate, DeBoer & Stremler The Northern Light Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Peace Arch Park International Sculpture Exhibition The Northern Light

Use of Small Space Groups 1&2 First Place

John Myers Wild Bill’s Longbar Cheney Free Press

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah John L. Scott Real Estate Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Compass Realty Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Third Place

Ileana Martinez Inspire Development Centers Sunnyside Sun Ileana Martinez Tami Graham Massage Sunnyside Sun

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Tracy Long Zenith Gardens Federal Way Mirror

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 Business Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Rhonda Hundertmark Tulip Map La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Kids’ Holiday Greetings Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

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


Advertising Ad Campaign Groups 1&2

Group 3

First Place

Dana Moreno Best of the Basin 2021 Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Terry Hamberg Kittitas Books Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Melanie Fair Triumph Lutheran Church Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Lindsay Smithberg, Molly Omann & Brenda Jorgens John L. Scott Bainbridge Prepares Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Theresa Murray Tuppers Floor Coverings Shelton-Mason County Journal

Groups 3&4 First Place

Group 4

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Blaine by the Sea The Northern Light

First Place

Doug De Visser & Gary Lee Yeager’s Sporting Goods The Northern Light

Second Place

Tim Heitzman Mustard Seed Project Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Whole Pilates The Northern Light

Third 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

Color Ad, Full Page Groups 1-4

Use of Clip Art Groups 1&2

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’MalleyMcKee Stevenson Downtown Association Skamania County Pioneer

First Place

Group 4

First Place

Terry Hamberg Mountain Voices Christmas Concerts Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Baker Creek Place The Northern Light

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Experience Coupeville The Northern Light

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Adventure Terra The Northern Light

Color Ad, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2

Ryan Edwards Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop Methow Valley News Jana Stoner Roslyn Old Town Christmas Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Melanie Fair Lynden Pioneer Museum Lynden Tribune

First Place

Second Place

Lindsay Smithberg & Brenda Jorgens Ace Hardware Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Third Place

Derek Smith Glass Quest Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Dakota Harr & Brenda Jorgens Robin Callahan Designs Bainbridge Island Review Terry Hamberg Kitty City Motorcycle Poker Run Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Dana Moreno Light Up Moses Lake Columbia Basin Herald Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Bay Center Market The Northern Light

Terry Hamberg Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club Northern Kittitas County Tribune

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Advertising Newspaper House Ad Groups 1&2 First Place

Derek Smith Unearthing Stories that Keep Us Connected Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Terry Hamberg Buddy’s Buddies Pet Giving Tree Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Ryan Edwards Methow Home Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Kim Fowler 20,000 Pairs of Eyes Shelton-Mason County 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 Waterside The Northern Light

Second Place

Tim Heitzman Mothers We Love Key Peninsula News

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

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Humorous Ad Groups 1-4 First Place

Terry Hamberg Laundry Mutt Self-Service Dog Wash Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Michelle Nedved Sherman Campbell Funeral & Cremation Services The Newport Miner

Third Place

Derek Smith Stanwood Camano 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 Hamberg Roslyn Public Library Grab-n-Go Kits Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Terry Hamberg Cle Elum-Roslyn School District Explore Outdoors Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Birch Bay Waterslides The Northern Light

Second Place

Dave Pierik Crafty Time Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Pirate Daze The Northern Light


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 2021 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Olivia Harnack, Bill Stevenson, Jullene Sager, Lucy Lautenschlager & Roger Harnack State Basketball Whitman County Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Donna Etchey & Rainier Powers Perspectives 2021 Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Kim Fowler, Theresa Murray & John Lester Anniversary Salute Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Olivia Sullivan, Cindy Ducich & Tracy Long Taste of Federal Way Federal Way Mirror

Tourism Special Sections Groups 1&2

Lifestyle/Culture Sections Groups 1&2

First Place

Raquee Rivera, Drew Herman, Robert Smith & Steven Powell Discover Kitsap 2022 Bainbridge Island Review

First Place

Jana Stoner, Terry Hamberg, Michael Richard, Casey Clark & Jim Fossett Upper Kittitas County Builders’ Guide 2022 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Groups 3&4

Groups 3&4

Raquee Rivera & Drew Herman North Olympic Visitor Guide 2022 Sequim Gazette Methow Valley News Staff Methow Valley Winter 2021-22 Methow Valley News

First Place

Donna Etchey, Meg Visger & Port Townsend Leader Staff Getaway Guide 2022 Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Eric LaFontaine, Maddie Coats & Madysen McLain Woodinville Magazine Fall 2021 Woodinville Weekly

Third Place

Columbia Basin Herald Team Columbia Basin Tourism Guide 2022 Columbia Basin Herald

Methow Valley News Staff Methow Home 2022 Methow Valley News Methow Valley News Staff Health & Wellness 2021-22 Methow Valley News

First Place

Donna Etchey, Meg Visger & Josh Hamilton Olympic Peninsula Lifestyle Summer 2021 Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Eric LaFontaine, Maddie Coats & Madysen McLain OutdoorsNW Magazine Winter 2021 Woodinville Weekly

Third Place

Donna Etchey, Rainier Powers & Josh Hamilton Olympic Peninsula Lifestyle Winter 2022 Port Townsend Leader

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Special Sections

Event/Festival Sections Groups 1-4 First Place

Duby Petit, Jennifer Brown, John Williams & Jody Hendrix Anacortes Arts Festival Anacortes American

Second Place

Meg Visger, Donna Etchey & Port Townsend Leader Staff Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Raquee Rivera, Molly Omann & Drew Herman Lavender Season Sequim Gazette

Community Guide Sections Groups 1-4 First Place

Special Section Covers Groups 1&2 First Place

Raquee Rivera Best of Bainbridge Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Joe Novotny Methow Valley Winter 2021-22 Methow Valley News

Third Place

Daralyn Anderson, Amy Drayer & Analise Hannah Destination 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

Columbia Basin Herald Team Adams County Magazine 2022 Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Methow Valley News Staff Methow Made Methow Valley News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Tracy Long & Laura Theimer Auburn Residents Guide 2022 Auburn Reporter

Melanie Fair Play Whatcom 2021 Lynden Tribune Grant Gunderson, Doug De Visser, Ian Haupt, Patrick Grubb & Louise Mugar Mount Baker Experience Fall 2021 The Northern Light

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News 2022 SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2022 NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2022 FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

First Place Patrick Webb Chinook Observer Second Place Justin Johnson Shelton-Mason County Journal Third Place Connor Benintendi Lynden Tribune

First Place Evan Caldwell Stanwood-Camano News

First Place Patrick Webb Chinook Observer

News Story, Long Group 1

Group 4

First Place

Heather Spaulding Explosion on Orcas recorded 20 miles away Journal of the San Juan Islands

Second Place

Conor Wilson Lack of transit, housing fuels local labor shortage Snoqualmie Valley Record

Third Place

Anne Basye Farmland tree planting to save salmon La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Second Place Kelly Moyer Camas-Washougal Post-Record Third Place Dee Camp Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle First Place

Henry Stewart-Wood Officer’s use of force is detailed ahead of trial Auburn Reporter

First Place

Jessie Stensland Outrage over firings 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

Patrick Webb One last wish for a dying grandma Chinook Observer

Third Place

News Story, Short Group 1

Group 4

Kienan Briscoe Innovations in aerospace Lynnwood Times

First Place

Anne Basye Heat hurts some farmer harvests La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Group 3

First Place

Third Place

Natalie Johnson Reactions to coach’s suspension include protest Methow Valley News Marcy Stamper County residents report CenturyLink outages Methow Valley News

Group 3

Second Place

Ted Olinger More than a food bank Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place Matthew Nash Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Brandon Hansen Drought impacting the last drop on area farms Chewelah Independent

Second Place

Second Place Laura Jean Schneider Port Townsend Leader

Mike De Felice Mom charged in death of daughter Port Orchard Independent Diana Zimmerman Volunteers step up to raise sunken boat Wahkiakum County Eagle

Group 2

First Place

Matthew Nash City, Catholic church partner on pedestrian crosswalk Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Charles Featherstone Tragedy in Moses Lake Columbia Basin Herald Laura Jean Schneider Rescue saves 85 animals from hoarding situation Port Townsend Leader

First Place

Patrick Grubb Border reopening no magic pill The Northern Light

Second Place

Rick Bannan Groups host hunt for veterans at wildlife refuge The Reflector

Third Place

Steve Hunter Unity for Ukraine rally calls for Putin to end war Kent Reporter

Breaking News Story Group 1 First Place

Job Wise Fire at Nutrien forces evacuations Sunnyside Sun

Mary Jennings Aid to Ukraine Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Evan Caldwell Saving the bell Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Third Place

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Brian Soergel Boom rocks city Edmonds Beacon Brian Soergel Death of an officer Edmonds Beacon


General Excellence Group 1 First Place Mukilteo Beacon

David Pan & Debbie Magill

Second Place Edmonds Beacon Brian Soergel

Third Place Sunnyside Sun Sunnyside Sun Staff

Group 2 First Place VashonMaury Island Beachcomber Elizabeth Shepherd, Jenna Dennison, Shelbi Hart, Analise Hannah & Daralyn Anderson

Second Place Sequim Gazette

Sequim Gazette Staff

Third Place Chewelah Independent

Andrea Arnold, Jared Arnold, Geno Ludwig, K.S. Brooks & Brandon Hansen

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General Excellence Group 3 First Place Chinook Observer

Matt Winters, Luke Whittaker, Brandon Cline, Jeff Clemens, Patrick Webb & Cate Gable

Second Place Shelton-Mason County Journal John Lester, Justin Johnson, Gordon Weeks, Matt Baide, Kim Fowler, Dave Pierik & Theresa Murray

Third Place Lynden Tribune Bill Helm

Group 4 First Place Federal Way Mirror

Cindy Ducich, Olivia Sullivan, Andy Hobbs & Carol Greiling

Second Place Auburn Reporter

Robert Whale, Henry Stewart-Wood, Andy Hobbs & Carol Greiling

Third Place Kent Reporter

Steve Hunter, Andy Hobbs, Marie Skoor & Carol Greiling

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News Breaking News Story Group 2 First Place

Groups 3&4 M. David Meyer Ethics and equity of vaccine passports Northwest Asian Weekly

Cathy Kane Three survive avalanche scare in White Pass area East County Journal

Second Place

Evan Caldwell State of emergency Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Kira Erickson Young seal rescued 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 Whittaker Weekend tragedy Chinook Observer

Third Place

Olivia Sullivan Man saved from car after driving into water Federal Way Mirror

Health or Medical Story Group 1 First Place

David Pan Letting people 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 Reynolds Special meaning on World Heart Day La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Andy Nystrom Forensic anthropology is in her bones Mercer Island Reporter

Second Place

Marcy Stamper Smoke, fire have unhealthy effects on people Methow Valley News

Third Place

Matthew Nash New option to help tame tremors from afar Sequim Gazette

Second Place

First Place

Cameron Sheppard Child dies from asthma attack at clinic Auburn Reporter Jessie Stensland Hospital board fires CEO as money woes highlighted Whidbey News-Times

Environmental Story Group 1

Third Place

Nolan Baker Nooksack River adjudication is likely The Northern Light

Business News Story Group 1 First Place

Kelly Moyer Upping al fresco Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

First Place

Kelly Moyer Teens tackle toxic algae Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Anne Basye La Conner birders will make Christmas count La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Sienna Boucher Environmentally friendly tactics for burning Journal of the San Juan Islands

Group 2

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 hard Methow Valley News

Second Place

First Place

Marcy Stamper Beavers reclaim, reshape the Methow landscape Methow Valley News

Second Place

Alex Bruell For Mt. Rainier’s resident wolverine, it’s paradise The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Philip Watness Warmer temperatures 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 Camp Judge dismisses mine owners’ defenses Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Jeff Clemens Green crab erupt in Willapa Bay Chinook Observer

Group 4

First Place

Rick Bannan Port of Kalama announces lease will end The Reflector

Nick Belcaster Planned revival of the North Cascades grizzly The Northern Light

Matthew Nash Eateries seek support, workers during crisis Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Mary Jennings Businesses bouncing back Stanwood Camano News

Group 3

First Place

M. David Meyer AAPI restaurants suffer and pine for relief Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Joseph Claypoole Update: Weed in Okanogan County Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Julia Lerner Intalco restart 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 Alcoa The Northern Light

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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 Smith COVID can’t dull the joy of being a new teacher Port Orchard Independent

Second Place

Colleen Smith English students inspire new learning strategies Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Cedar Hat, Eagle Feather ceremony La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Daniel Warn District faces 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 us’ Shelton-Mason 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 Bruemmer Pandemic fuels increase 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 Smith Transportation needs top city’s 2022 wish list Port Orchard Independent

Group 2

First Place

Alex Bruell Councilor responds 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 Kelly Sparks fly as fire commissioner is removed Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Janice Nesamani Talking trade with Ambassador Tai Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Joseph Claypoole District launches investigation into allegations Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Group 4

First Place

Olivia Sullivan Councilmember slams the vaccinated Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Kienan Briscoe Council rejects mayor’s DEI Commission picks Lynnwood Times

Third Place

Patrick Grubb Officials plead 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

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Second Place

Colleen Smith Kevin Taylor found not guilty Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Brian Soergel COVID test scammer Edmonds Beacon

Group 2

First Place

Alex Bruell Investigators find police shooting is justified The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Charges filed after Halloween crash The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Alex Bruell Breaking down Washington police reform The Courier-Herald

Group 3

First Place

Dee Camp Man charged with murder in couple’s deaths Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Brian Kelly Burglary suspect hit with Taser Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Brian Kelly Guilty: Jury reaches quick decision at trial Port Townsend Leader

Group 4

First Place

Olivia Sullivan Federal Way man recovering after hit and run Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Steve Hunter Mother’s fight leads to $4.4M settlement Kent Reporter

Third Place

Olivia Sullivan Couple kidnapped from Dash Point State Park Federal Way Mirror

Social Issue Story Group 1 First Place

David Pan Mukilteo’s Asian Americans speak out Mukilteo Beacon

Second Place

Bob Smith Mayor threatens to take county to court Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Mike De Felice Staff shortages impact care at Veterans Home Port Orchard Independent


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 Nash Juneteenth, alleged hate crime bring 140 to protest Sequim Gazette

Group 3

First Place

Karina Andrew Cost, accessibility of child care raises concerns Whidbey News-Times

Second Place

Kai Uyehara 72-hour parking rule hits home to homeless Cascadia Daily News

Third Place

Janice Nesamani Unleashing the power of the AAPI vote! Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

First Place

Kienan Briscoe Rebuilding a life Lynnwood Times

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan City says no to county’s needle exchange program Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Chris Rurik Homeless in 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 Bruell Candidate responds 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

Laura Jean Schneider McDonald’s ‘mom’ dies of COVID Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Second Place

Rick Lewis Holston sweeps to Mat Classic title Methow Valley News

Third Place

Steven Powell Top of the mound, top of the world Bainbridge Island Review

Dee Camp Gebbers, L&I settle COVID case Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Group 4

First Place

Kienan Briscoe ‘We ain’t cancelling church!’ Lynnwood Times

Second Place

Groups 3&4 First Place

Brian Kelly Where is the Love? In the end zone Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Hailey Palmer Stump’s jumper 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

Rick Bannan Students protest mask mandates The Reflector

Third Place

Kienan Briscoe Vaccine billionaires Lynnwood Times

Art Reviews Group 1 First Place

Ken Stern “You Don’t Belong Here” La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

First Place

Kelly Moyer Safety is the most important thing Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

David Pan Mukilteo is finally full open Mukilteo Beacon

Third Place

MaryRose Denton COVID-19 commemorative quilt displayed La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

Bob Smith Mediascape: YouTube and paid streaming services Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Ken Stern “The Medic” La Conner Weekly News

Groups 2-4 First Place

Kirk Boxleitner “Hunting Bigfoot” Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Enumclaw council returns, but without masks The Courier-Herald Evan Caldwell A walking miracle Stanwood Camano News

Group 3

Gordon Weeks COVID claims beloved driver Shelton-Mason County Journal

Rick Lewis Beijing bound Methow Valley News

Second Place

Marcy Stamper Long-haul COVID-19 victim Methow Valley News

Second Place

First Place

First Place

Third Place

Kai Curry “Love is Blind” Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Kai Curry & Stacy Nguyen “Cowboy Bebop” Northwest Asian Weekly

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News

News of the Weird Groups 1&2

Third Place

Audrey Rogers Around the world and then some Port Townsend Leader

First Place

Brian Soergel Edmonds falls in love with a killer Edmonds Beacon

Group 4

Second Place

First Place

Bill Stevenson & Jullene Sager Colfax’s haunted hospital Whitman County Gazette

Olivia Sullivan AJ’s coming home Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Second Place

Natalie Johnson Naked driver hits vehicles, dog, cow Methow Valley News

Steve Hunter Kent man finally reunited with his Afghan family Kent Reporter

Groups 3&4

Third Place

First Place

Kienan Briscoe Red Cross NW volunteer, Deb Phelps Lynnwood Times

Patrick Webb Bigfoot believer steps up to critics Chinook Observer

Second Place

General Feature Story, Short Group 1

Sebastian Moraga New life, new name for local kitty The Quincy Valley Post-Register

First Place

Third Place

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Joel Martin Headlines and captions (Ride of passage) Columbia Basin Herald

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Bob Smith Escaping Ukraine’s horrors Port Orchard Independent

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Bill Reynolds Swinomish member provides food sovereignty La Conner Weekly News

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Ashley Lodato Podcast series explores some stock answers Methow Valley News

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Alex Bruell Stories, healing and reflection at The Moving Wall The Courier-Herald

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Leslie Kelly Death with dignity Bainbridge Island Review

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Patrick Webb The stuntman Chinook Observer

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M. David Meyer Amidst uncertainty, Asians find ‘home’ through guns Northwest Asian Weekly

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Bill Reynolds Teen uses codes to shed light on town’s past La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

David Pan Diamond Knot serves up Thanksgiving meals Mukilteo Beacon

Group 2

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Steven Powell Climb every mountain Bainbridge Island Review

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Peggy Wendel Tackling life’s currents Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Natalie Johnson Recycled rock and roll Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Cheryl Schweizer Couple celebrates platinum anniversary Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Finding love and magic in Camelot’s courtyard Federal Way Mirror


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

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Anne Basye Gordon Skagit Farm featured by Martha Stewart La Conner Weekly News

Colette Weeks Harvest at sea Anacortes American

Colleen Smith Island elders take on the world Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

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Colleen Smith A healthy infatuation Islands’ Sounder

Laura Jean Schneider Local goats don’t kid around with invasive plants Port Townsend Leader Laura Jean Schneider Local wildcats adapt to human presence Port Townsend Leader

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Bob Smith Olalla’s ‘little slice of heaven’ Port Orchard Independent

Groups 3&4

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Matt Baide Cat program brings comfort to inmates Shelton-Mason County Journal

Joanna Bastian From bees to bottle Methow Valley News

History Feature Story Group 1

Matthew Nash The fibers of family Sequim Gazette

First Place

Brian Soergel 9/11, A sadness couched in hope Edmonds Beacon

Group 3

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Second Place

Marcy Stamper Bouquets in bloom Methow Valley News

Second Place

Third Place

Joanna Bastian Along the Methow River, a garden for the ages Methow Valley News

Third Place

Group 2

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Second Place

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Ashley Lodato Christmas tree hunting in the wild Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Steve Hunter Kent couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary Kent Reporter

Second Place

Sebastian Moraga The (stained) glass is always half full The Quincy Valley Post-Register

Third Place

Sophia Aldous Volunteer barkeep mixes show stopping cocktails The Newport Miner

Business Feature Story Group 1 First Place

Cameron Sheppard Restaurant makes a true farm-to-table experience Snoqualmie Valley Record

Second Place

Doug Flanagan Couple commits to full-time farm life Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Jaya Flanary Jack’s BBQ opening on State Street Cascadia Daily News Luke Whittaker Big risks, big clams Chinook Observer

Colleen Smith Happy 100th Moran State Park Islands’ Sounder Bill Reynolds An Inn made La Conner the place to stay La Conner Weekly News

Sophia Aldous Verizon slams door on local retail The Newport Miner

Group 4

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Group 2

First Place

Kira Erickson Picker finds a toolbox full of Pacific NW history South Whidbey Record

Emily Feek Home Farm offers farmer attractions for others The Northern Light

Second Place

Kienan Briscoe Thanksgiving turkey farmer Lynnwood Times

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Bo John Brusco Stories from Esther’s Place Lynnwood Times

Jim Fossett A WWII veteran’s unforgettable story Northern Kittitas County Tribune Emily Matthiessen Gone but not forgotten Sequim Gazette

Group 3

First Place

Patrick Webb Gordy and the sloth Chinook Observer

Animal Feature Story Groups 1&2 First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Daniel Warn Rescued crow becomes Rainier man’s lifesaver Nisqually Valley News Briana Alzola Anacortes lab takes 3rd in competition Anacortes American

Third Place

Gordon Weeks Connecting legendary novelist to Hoodsport Shelton-Mason County Journal Dee Camp Early Okanogan had its own Turkey Drop Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Peggy Wendel Soaring back Stanwood Camano News

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News History Feature Story Group 4 First Place

Georgia Costa Mount Baker Theatre celebrates 95 years The Northern Light

Second Place

Sebastian Rubino Woodland mill still operational after 146 years The Reflector

Third Place

Grace McCarthy Railway Cafe celebrates 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 Loudin Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Bill Reynolds “The Spotted Owl” La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Sports Feature Story Group 1

Group 2

Kienan Briscoe Lynnwood actor lands lead role in feature film Lynnwood Times Sebastian Rubino TV news corruption exposed in new novel The Reflector

Doug Flanagan Football helps Camas teen cope with mental health Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Bill Reynolds Lost Gonzaga blanket found its way home La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Calico Cupboard general manager was on a roll La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Philip Watness Windsurfers train in Stevenson for 2024 Olympics Skamania County Pioneer

Second Place

Peggy Wendel Return for redemption Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Ashley Lodato Stronger than before Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Briana Alzola Sailing team done for fall, awaits spring Anacortes American Evan Caldwell Back on track Stanwood Camano News

First Place

Kienan Briscoe Mexican folk dance performance in Lynnwood Lynnwood Times

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 Webb Naselle’s smallest player has the biggest heart Chinook Observer

Third Place

Rebecca Pettingill MLHS alum Omori discusses career Columbia Basin Herald

Mike De Felice Dealing with sadness through song Port Orchard Independent

Second Place

Connor Benintendi Lynden says goodbye to Jerry Kok Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Third Place

Group 4

Nancy Treder Water polo coach’s splash of success Bainbridge Island Review

Connor Benintendi A ‘surreal’ experience Lynden Tribune

Charles Featherstone Lind artist reinvents the wheels Columbia Basin Herald Laura Jean Schneider Modernist adornments reflect a colorful life Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

First Place

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Rick Lewis Primed for the Paralympics Methow Valley News

Personality Profile, Long Group 1

Groups 3&4

Andrew Hamlin Asian futures, without Asians Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Doug Flanagan Cassie Templer is only member of girls bowling team Camas-Washougal Post-Record

First Place

First Place

Alex Bruell Author pens update on Judith Mawson The Courier-Herald

Bill Reynolds Selfless legacy of late La Conner softball coach La Conner Weekly News

Sebastian Rubino Wrestling coaches adjust to COVID-19 outbreaks The Reflector

Sports Personality Profile Group 1 First Place

David Pan Moon humbled by appointment Mukilteo Beacon Bill Reynolds John Stephens’ 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

Doug Flanagan The comeback kid Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Alex Bruell At 105, Elma is full of memories, laughs The Courier-Herald

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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 Haupt Getting off the beach The Northern Light

Second Place

Ted Olinger RoxAnne Simon 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 Reynolds Holding the Baby Yoda balloon at Macy’s Parade La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Colleen Smith Sheriff ’s office welcomes Rion Brandt Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Bob Smith Spelling bee 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

Groups 3&4 First Place

Gordon Weeks Turning 100 on Valentine’s Day Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers Groups 1-4 First Place

Evan Caldwell & Peggy Wendel Growing forward Stanwood Camano News

James Sloan Volunteer is graffiti artist’s worst nightmare Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Karina Andrew Veteran wins spotlight for ‘burrito walk’ photography Whidbey News-Times

Third Place

Third Place

Comprehensive Coverage, Single Writer Group 1 First Place

Kelly Moyer Drug detox center in Prune Hill neighborhood Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Kelly Moyer Physician assistant opposes COVID-19 precautions Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

David Pan Local area real estate market Mukilteo Beacon

Group 2

First Place

Kira Erickson Black bear sightings South Whidbey Record

Second Place

Kira Erickson & Jessie Stensland Deer Lagoon Grange South Whidbey Record Bill Helm, Cal Bratt & Elisa Claassen Flood ravages Whatcom County Lynden Tribune

Investigative Reporting Groups 1-4 First Place

Jessie Stensland Investigation clears school Superintendent Whidbey News-Times

Second Place

Brock Hires School board votes to sanction Moser Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Daniel Warn Administrator subject of investigations Nisqually Valley News

Sports Page Design Groups 1-4 First Place

Jaya Flanary One Step from the Top Cascadia Daily News

Mary Jennings Exploring Camano Island history Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Cathy Kane Morton School District bond East County Journal

Third Place

Third Place

Groups 3&4 First Place

Dee Camp Cold Springs fire Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Connor Benintendi Triple Crown Town Lynden Tribune 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

Grace McCarthy Whatcom County floods The Northern Light

Second Place

Brandon Cline School bond homework Chinook Observer

Third Place

Third Place

Third Place

Peggy Wendel Swimming across the bay for grandma Stanwood Camano News

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Ric Hallock Goodwin Enjoys the Good Life East County Journal Ric Hallock Schools Gear Up Program East County Journal


News Feature Page Design Groups 3&4 First Place

Randy Wrighthouse Ghost Boats Chinook Observer

Second Place

Joel Martin Thought for Food Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Brian Kelly LaughinGnome Pottery Port Townsend Leader

Front Page Design Groups 1&2 First Place

Briana Alzola & Colette Weeks Lack of Housing Anacortes American

Second Place

Ric Hallock S’more the Merrier East County Journal

Third Place

Briana Alzola & Colette Weeks Bursting with Happiness Anacortes American

Groups 3&4 First Place

Bill Helm We’re No. 1! Lynden Tribune

Second Place

Brian Kelly Dyed in the Wool Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Joel Martin Eye on Traffic Columbia Basin Herald

Editorial Group 1

First Place

Ken Stern Buying into affordable housing La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Bob Smith Electing candidates is serious business Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Diane Craig Karma in a caring community Islands’ Sounder

Group 2

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Bertha Cooper Wardrobe maleficence Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still My first Father’s Day The Courier-Herald

Lisa Bryan Getting along with others Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Elizabeth Shepherd Charlie’s choice Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Group 3

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Editorial Cartoon Groups 1-4 First Place

Len Baublitz Democracy Methow Valley News

Michelle Nedved We regret divisive editorial cartoon The Newport Miner

Second Place

Matt Winters Time has come to rein in fireworks noise, chaos Chinook Observer

Third Place

Jessie Stensland Road projects shows city’s priorities askew Whidbey News-Times

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Third Place

Group 4

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Brad Skiff Invasive species Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Brad Skiff The Big Brush Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

First Place

Don Nelson Editorial pages Methow Valley News

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

Second Place

Elizabeth Shepherd Editorial pages Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Ken Stern Editorial pages La Conner Weekly News

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News General Interest Columns Group 1 First Place

First Place

Cate Gable Coast Chronicles Chinook Observer

Ken Stern Musings — On the Editor’s Mind, December 2021 La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Mel Damski If I Ran the Zoo La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Ken Stern Musings — On the Editor’s Mind, February 2022 La Conner Weekly News

Group 4

Second Place

Third Place

Group 2

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Bill Helm At the Helm Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Groups 3&4

Robert Whale Whale’s Tales Auburn Reporter

Third Place

Solveig Torvik Hello 2021 Methow Valley News Solveig Torvik Hello 2022 Methow Valley News

First Place

Ray Miller-Still Our Corner The Courier-Herald Don Nelson No Bad Days March 2022 Methow Valley News

Frank Schuchman Frankly Speaking Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

First Place

Kirk Ericson These Times Shelton-Mason County Journal

Don Nelson No Bad Days April 2021 Methow Valley News

Second Place

Topical Columns Groups 1&2

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Samantha Pak On the Shelf Northwest Asian Weekly

Phyllis Henry Coast to Coast Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Carolyn Wiley Devil’s Head Diary Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Chris Rurik Into the Wild Key Peninsula News Mark Woytowich On The Trail Shelton-Mason County Journal

Photography B/W Feature, Portrait or Pictorial Photo Groups 1-4 First Place

Michael Dashiell Starlings in search of supper Sequim Gazette

Second Place

TeAire Baier Slippery Gulch 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 Dashiell Wrestling donut Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Roger Harnack Mutton bustin’ Whitman County Gazette

Third Place

Roger Harnack Steer wrestling Whitman County Gazette

Photo Essay Group 1

Group 3

First Place

First Place

Andrew Hamil & Ileana Martinez Christmas in Sunnyside Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

David Pan A drive-by celebration for Kamiak’s Class of 2021 Mukilteo Beacon

Third Place

Brian Soergel July 4 in Edmonds Edmonds Beacon

Luke Whittaker Through rain, 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 Chan Celebrating the Year of the Tiger Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

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Group 2

First Place

Jared Wenzelburger Detective Jeremy Brown’s memorial service The Reflector

K.S. Brooks Children’s Arts Festival a big hit with kids Chewelah Independent

Second Place

Steve Mitchell Back in the saddle Methow Valley News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Family bonding at the annual boogie The Courier-Herald

Tina McKail & Caleb Galbreath Home Fourth of July parade Key Peninsula News Ed Johnson, Chris Rurik & Tina McKail Out & About November 2021 Key Peninsula News

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Photography Photographer of the Year Groups 1-4 First Place Luke Whittaker Chinook Observer

Second Place Evan Caldwell Stanwood Camano News

Third Place Matt Baide Shelton-Mason County Journal

Breaking News Photo Groups 1&2 First Place

Job Wise Slaying the dragon Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Roger Harnack Flames erupt near Cheney Cheney Free Press

Third Place

Marissa Conklin When it pours the river floods La Conner Weekly News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Luke Whittaker Weekend tragedy Chinook Observer

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Second Place

Bill Helm Families displaced in Sumas Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Al Camp Okanogan blaze Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle


Photography General News Photo Group 1 First Place

Ken Stern A perfect parade on a perfect day La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Sarah Walls Record weight 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 Watness Ribbon cutting for brewery’s new building Skamania County Pioneer

Group 3

First Place

Hailey Hoffman Ukrainian-American children at the Peace Arch Cascadia Daily News

Second Place

Laura Jean Schneider Big horses, big love Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Hailey Hoffman Washington Bulb Company workers unionize Cascadia Daily News

Group 4

First Place

Chuck Kinzer Lummi carvers bring totem pole to Birch Bay The Northern Light

Second Place

Richard Sturgill Blessing of the Fleet honors those lost at sea The Northern Light

Third Place

Ian Haupt Blaine students 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 wall Sunnyside Sun

Third Place

Brian Soergel Baking in the heat Edmonds Beacon

Group 2

First Place

Chris Johnson Snow fun for the dog East County Journal

Second Place

Steve Mitchell Above it all Methow Valley News

Third Place

Evan Caldwell A monster splash Stanwood Camano News

Group 3

First Place

Luke Whittaker Fireworks backflip Chinook Observer

Second Place

Luke Whittaker Clammers stalk 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 Haupt Runners race from Peace Arch Park The Northern Light

Third Place

Rick Bannan Chauncey at 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 Matthiessen Stitching together the colorful pieces Sequim Gazette

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Groups 3&4 First Place

Luke Whittaker Big risk, big clams Chinook Observer

Second Place

Hailey Hoffman 72-hour parking rule hits home to homeless Cascadia Daily News

Third Place

Don Gronning Clocks a better hobby for Newport man The Newport Miner

Color Pictorial Photo Group 1 First Place

Sarah Walls Another fall migration on the wing La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Sarah Walls A snowfall of snow geese La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Nancy Crowell Magical Golden Valley sunrise La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Evan Caldwell Birds are calling Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

David Welton Rainbow ferry South Whidbey Record

Third Place

Ann McCreary All clear Methow 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


Photography Color Sports Action Photo Group 1

Third Place

Al Camp Stampede race Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Andrew Hamil Mustang Lay’lee Dixon goes for a layup Sunnyside Sun

Color Sports Feature Photo Groups 1&2

Third Place

Andrew Hamil Greyhound girls fall to Prosser Sunnyside Sun

First Place

Chris Johnson Making faces East County Journal

Second Place

Group 2

Steve Mitchell Doggie dash brings smiles to the trail Methow Valley News

First Place

Steve Mitchell Finishing kick Methow Valley News

Third Place

Chris Johnson Future hoopster East County Journal

Second Place

Evan Caldwell Mat Classic Stanwood Camano News

Groups 3&4

Third Place

Michael Dashiell Wolves top Roughriders Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4

First Place Al Camp of the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle swept the color sports action category in groups 3&4. This rodeo rider took first.

First Place

Al Camp Airborne Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Al Camp Softball catch Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Don Gronning Waiting to run The Newport Miner

Second Place

Patrick Webb One player’s face Chinook Observer

Third Place

Justin Johnson All smiles at first base Shelton-Mason County Journal

Digital Newspaper Website Groups 1-4 First Place

Steven Powell, Tyler Shuey & Nancy Treder BainbridgeReview.com Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Han Bui NWAsianWeekly.com Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Michelle Havist LaConnerWeeklyNews.com La Conner Weekly News

Online Ad Groups 1-4 First Place

John Williams Tracy’s Furniture Summer Clearance Anacortes American

Second Place

John Williams Tracy’s Furniture Pre-4th of July Event Anacortes American

Third Place

John Williams FC Flooring Anacortes American

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 Mayor Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Colette Weeks Farmers Market 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 Spooktacular The Northern Light

Special Interest Website Groups 1-4 First Place

Alyniece McGee, Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Pacific Coast Weddings The Northern Light

WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 8, 2022, BELLINGHAM, WA 23


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for fixing the culvert. Hurst & Sons LLC plans to hire PACE Engineers after the culvert is fixed to look at its drainage, Romack said. It will then know whether it can replace the three damaged mobile homes or will need to remove them. “We’re just at the county’s mercy here,” he said. “You can’t really blame them either. It was a flood event and, what can you do?” It is unclear what the original drainage plans for the mobile home park were. The Chelan County Community Development Department

has been unable to locate the original conditional use permit from when the park was created in 1997, said Lynn Machado, Community Development Department manager. A Notice To Title document from 2003 does say the park is supposed to have its own private storm drainage system. It also says that the successive property owners of the park would be responsible for the maintenance of the storm drainage system.

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Mobile home park owners consider drainage options after flood WENATCHEE — The company that owns the mobile home park on Boodry Street impacted by August floods is waiting on Chelan County to repair a culvert before it decides on its next steps. On Aug. 10, three homes were destroyed as a culvert beneath Squilchuck Road sent water shooting down a hillside, pushing mud and debris into the mobile home park below. Hurst & Sons LLC of Port Orchard, has owned the Squilchuck Creek CommuCommu

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By nevonne mCdanielS World staff writer WENATCHEE — Confluence Health and the Chelan County PUD are dropping the United Way of North Central Washington from their charitable giving payroll deduction programs. Announcements issued Friday by two of the region’s largest employers cited concerns about United Way’s financial and operational upheaval of the past two years, which reduced the number of local charities receiving money from the pass-through organization. In July, United Way CEO Charity Bergman said four of its traditional 12 partner agencies would receive grants this year. The amount distributed would total $62,000, a drop from the $225,000 provided last year. The reason for the change, she said, was a new focus on providing basic needs — food, drink, shelter and clothing, while the agency refocused and rebuilt its coffers. The agency’s tax records reflected a drop in community contributions in the past two years. The plan in the works for this fall was to beef up community outreach efforts and reverse the trend. Courtney Ward, who has been serving as United Way board chair since July, said Friday that is still the plan, describing the decisions by the PUD and Confluence as unfortunate. “We are shifting to a new model and we didn’t have a chance to regroup with either one,” she said. “Confluence is a major contributor. The impact is not minimal. But we are moving in a direction to diversify our portfolio in that regard. We are sustainable for the interim while we solidify other donors.” The board at Confluence Health decided it could not wait any longer for things to improve. “After concerns regarding account accountability and transparency in its operations were reported two years ago, the United Way of NCW made public commitments to better manage the resources they were entrusted,” said Andrew Canning, Confluence Health’s marketing and

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