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Free Press wins big at CPA awards

The Grand Junction Free Press Weekly cleaned up at the Colorado Press Association awards this past February — snagging 13 editorial awards in a variety of categories for 2013.

BEST EDUCATION STORY



Grand Junction Free Press Community Editor Caitlin Row took first place for “Raising tech-savvy kids.”



BEST HEALTH FEATURE STORY

Row won twice in this category, first and third — for “Vegan Power: Vegan movement slowly gaining acceptance & converts in the Grand Valley” and “Living gluten-free in the Grand Valley.”

BEST FEATURE STORY

Row took third place for “Touched by suicide: Searching for hope after loss.”

BEST SUSTAINED COVERAGE

Row won third place for the following stories: “Avalon Theatre in peril;” “STALEMATE: No decision made on Avalon upgrades;” “City Council continues conversation on Avalon’s fate;” and “It’s a GO for the Avalon.”

BEST AGRICULTURE STORY

Row won first place for “Farming is his dream: 18-year-old honors his family roots with career in agriculture.”

Former Free Press staff writer Sharon Sullivan took second place for “Harvesting a livelihood — toll of crop freeze has affected local migrant farm workers and farmers.”

BEST SERIES

Sullivan placed second for “Air quality in the Grand Valley,” a four-part series.

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL STORY

Sullivan won twice in this category, first and third — “Check out these ‘Broads’!” and “Residents concerned about drilling proposal in Whitewater.”

BEST BUSINESS NEWS STORY

Sullivan took second place for “‘Buy-cott’ local businesses.”

BEST BUSINESS FEATURE STORY

Sullivan placed first for her story — “Independents vs. box stores: ‘Shop Local’ takes on new meaning.”

BEST SERIOUS COLUMN WRITING

Free Press music columnist Arn McConnell won third place for “A song of forgiveness.”


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