The Jackson Hole News&Guide took home 18 awards at the 2018 Top of the Rockies contest, a regional competition that accepts submissions from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming media outlets.

The News&Guide falls in the 10,000-and-under circulation category, which pitted the paper against other outfits like the Durango (Colorado) Herald and the Longmont (Colorado) Times-Call.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the hard work our reporters and designers do, day in and day out,” News&Guide Editor Johanna Love said. “This is the first time we have had our work directly compared with other Rocky Mountain newsrooms, and we are pleased with the results.”

The News&Guide swept the “A&E and Food: Single Story” category, with Isa Jones taking first place with her story, “The Moose turns 50,” Tom Hallberg taking second for a package of arts and entertainment coverage in Teton County, and Erika Dalhby winning third for “Walker’s new paintings reflect new life.”

Emily Mieure won three awards: first place for legal enterprise reporting for “Sheriff maintains file on Village cold case,” third place in general legal reporting for a series on a coroner’s inquest, and third place in news reporting-single story for “Nalley’s parents still mourn loss of their only child.”

Education reporter Kylie Mohr won second place in general education reporting for a series of stories on education in Teton County.

Mieure, Mohr, Melissa Cassutt and John Spina also won second and third places for public service reporting. The red-ribbon winner was a four-part series on government turnover; the third-place winner covered the May 2017 specific purpose excise tax race.

Clark Forster won third place for general sports reporting for his story, “Fab 5 leave storied legacy,” and for a package of his “Spitballin’ ” columns.

Dahlby took first place in ag and environmental reporting for the four-part series, “Calf to Case,” which ran in the summer of 2017. Mike Koshmrl took third place in the same category for a package of stories on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Dahlby also took home a blue ribbon in science and technology enterprise reporting for a series on snow science, and second place in A&E and food enterprise reporting for her story, “#foodstagram.”

Koshmrl, along with Colleen Valenstein and Kathryn Holloway, took first place for the special section “Headwaters.” Holloway also won second place in feature page design and third for front-page design.

Winners were announced Friday at the Denver Press Club as part of the Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 conference in Denver. The SPJ Colorado professional chapter hosted the competition. This was the first year the News&Guide entered the contest.

This story was edited online to correct the name of one of the newspapers in same awards category. — Eds.


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