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Delta County Independent earns five awards

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"Perfect timing - a great moment to capture" the judges said about a Tamie Meck photo that earned first place in the Colorado Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented during the CPA's annual convention in Denver May 13-14.

The photo of rodeo action titled "Head over heels over Cherry Days" was submitted in the sports category for newspapers of similar circulation across Colorado, including The Aspen Times, The Villager (Greenwood Village) and Canyon Courier (Evergreen).

Meck placed second for the news story, "Audit shines light on Paonia's financial woes." The judges commented, "This writer's use of vocabulary and writing style pulled this story to the top immediately. Her ability to get facts into the story without readers feeling overwhelmed was a plus."

Pat Sunderland, managing editor, placed second for a health feature about the school district's concussion protocol.

The top spots for "Best Agriculture Story" in Class 4 both went to the Delta County Independent. Tamie Meck placed first with "Head, heart, hands, health guide Clock triplets," and Sunderland took second with "Local growers cash in on hemp."

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