The Del Norte Triplicate won three first-place awards and one second-place honor in the annual statewide competition of the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Two pictures by Photo Editor Bryant Anderson won first-place awards, as did a story by Sports Editor Robert Husseman. Former staff writer Emily Jo Cureton took second place for investigative reporting.
The Triplicate competed in the CNPA's 2012 Better Newspaper Contest category for nondailies with circulation of 4,301 to 11,000. The awards were announced last weekend.
One of Anderson's first-place photos, published last May 5, was a close-up of a salmon hatchling squirting out of a pipe at the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery after its tiny fin was clipped and a coded wire was inserted into its snout for later tracking by fish and game officials. It won for Best Feature Photo.
The other, published April 3, 2012, was of skateboarder Allen Vess, then 19, flying through the air at the Crescent City Skate Park on the first sunny day after a long rainy spell. It won for Best Sports Photo.
Husseman took first place in the Best Sports Story category for his article about Ethan James, then 11, who played Little League baseball despite physical maladies that include cerebral palsy.
In "He's all heart," published last May 19, Husseman interspersed accounts of a baseball game with descriptions of how Ethan faces - and often overcomes - many challenges off the field. Wearing a leg brace in the game, Ethan hit, stole bases and pitched his Sutter Coast Hospital Padres team to victory.
To read the story and see photos of the game, go to triplicate.com and click on "Ethan James" in the search field.
Cureton took second place in Investigative Reporting for her coverage of Sutter Coast Hospital's attempted move toward "regionalization," which is opposed by prominent local doctors and has ignited a furor among residents concerned that the facility may down-size if it loses its local Board of Directors.
Cureton left the Triplicate in November, and hospital issues are now covered by staff writer Adam Spencer. To read the coverage, go to triplicate.com and click on "regionalization."
Also in the CNPA competition, Spencer received a Certificate of Achievement in the Best Feature Story category for his article, "The accidental tourist,"about a Japanese sailor stranded in Crescent City while awaiting boat repairs, published last Aug. 28.
Anderson got a Certificate of Achievement in the Photo Essay category for his pictures of performers in the Del Norte High Spring Dance Concert published last May 17.
"I'm especially pleased that the Triplicate was honored for several aspects of newspapering," said Editor Richard Wiens, noting the awards covered photography, storytelling and investigative journalism.
Triplicate Publisher Michele Postal added: "I applaud the folks in our newsroom who won the awards and every employee in each department of the Triplicate for their commitment to produce a quality newspaper for our community. Their passion shines through."
The CNPA has produced an online 16-page section listing all of the statewide awards and including several first-place stories and photos. Husseman's article about Ethan James is featured on the cover of the section, which can be viewed by going to cnpa.com and clicking on "The Tab" on the right side of the home page.