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PI wins state press award

DENVER ” The Glenwood Springs Post Independent was recognized with a statewide award and several staffers won individual awards at the annual Colorado Press Association convention over the weekend.

The Post Independent was given the Service to the First Amendment award for its coverage and fight to have a murder case file unsealed in July 2007. The award recognized the reporting and editorializing efforts the newspaper did while addressing the First Amendment issues surrounding the decision to seal the murder case file of Jesus Hernandez de Jesus.

He eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of his 20-year-old nephew, Ricardo Navarrete-Prudencio, at the Ponderosa Cabins in West Glenwood on June 25.

The Post Independent filed a lawsuit motion to have the file unsealed, and 9th Judicial District Judge Daniel Petre agreed to do so on Aug. 1.

The Service to the First Amendment award was accepted by managing editor Dale Shrull at a luncheon on Friday at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.

One Colorado newspaper is recognized annually for its First Amendment efforts, commitment to a free press and the public’s right to know.

Post Independent staffers also won individual awards at Friday’s Colorado Associated Press banquet and Saturday’s Colorado Press Association ceremony.

Shrull won a total of seven individual awards, four from the Colorado Press Association and three from the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters organization.

In the Associated Press contest on Friday night, Shrull won first-place awards in news columns and news story, and second place in the sports story category. For that contest, the Post Independent competes in the division for daily newspapers with circulation between 10,000 to 100,000.

In the Colorado Press Association contest, the Post Independent won a total of 10 individual awards in the Class 5 division for daily newspapers with circulation between 8,000-20,000. Also, Rifle’s The Citizen Telegram and Carbondale’s The Valley Journal won two awards each in the Class 2 division for weeklies with circulation between 1,750-4,000. All three newspapers are operated by Colorado Mountain News Media. The Colorado Press contest was judged by journalists from Minnesota. The awards were handed out at ceremonies at the Brown Palace.

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