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Tribune a winner in California contest

Photo illustration by Dan Thrift
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The Tahoe Daily Tribune took home three first-place, one second-place, and seven honorable mention awards this week at the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2004 Better Newspapers Contest.

At an awards ceremony held in San Francisco on Saturday, the Tribune pulled down first-place honors for environmental reporting for a package of stories called “Fire in the Sierra,” that ran starting May 28, 2004. The series was coordinated and designed by Tribune staff, but former Tribune reporter Gregory Crofton deserves the bulk of the credit for reporting on the fire threat in the Sierra.

The stories sought to expose fire danger areas for South Lake Tahoe residents and homeowners, and explain how the efforts of local forestry and fire agencies are preemptively fighting catastrophic fire in the basin.

Dan Thrift, longtime Tribune photographer and no stranger to awards, won best illustration for an image that ran with an investigative story about tanning beds and their potential health effects, published Aug. 20, 2004. Thrift, a Photoshop master, shot the photos and created the collage that impressed CNPA judges.

Former sports reporter Jared Green also won a first-place plaque, for a March 2004 story (“Captain blamed for hockey fiasco”) regarding the Sacramento State University hockey team controversy. He won an award in last year’s Nevada Press Association contest for the same story.

Action magazine editor Keith Rugg continued his award-winning ways, taking home a second-place award in the association’s competitive “Arts & Entertainment Coverage” category. The award recognizes the best overall arts and entertainment coverage for the contest period.

The Tribune competed against California daily newspapers under 10,000 circulation.

The Tribune placed in the top 10 percent in seven other categories, including:

— General Excellence

— Public Service (For reporting on the Measure L parcel tax proposal)

— Best Feature Photo (Dan Thrift)

— Best Sports Photo (Dan Thrift)

— Best Editorial Cartoon (Floyd Johnson)

— Columns, Commentary and Criticism (Jim Scripps)

— Environmental or Ag Resource Reporting (Susan Wood)

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