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Editor's Notebook, Jim Scripps

While it might seem a little bit strange for the Sierra Sun to compete against newspapers in Nevada for press association accolades, this Truckee newspaper has been doing it for years, along with several newspapers around the Lake Tahoe basin – even other California newspapers.

This year we landed a few prizes for our work in Truckee, in the weekly category of newspapers between 4,000 and 20,000 circulation.

The annual Nevada Press Association met in Reno on Saturday. Included in the program was an awards dinner presentation. Here are the awards the Sierra Sun took home:

Photographer Colin Fisher, who just celebrated a year at the newspaper (and will celebrate a birthday on Monday), took home a first-place prize for Best Spot News Photo Coverage, for his picture of the Christmas fire in Glenshire.

He also won first place for a Best Sports Photo, chronicling a snowy and muddy Truckee High School game last season.

Lindsey Rhynard, who spent summer 2002 at the Sierra Sun as photo intern, won third place in the Best Sports Photo category for a series of photographs about the Rubicon Jeep rally, which comes to Truckee each summer.

Former Sun Sports and Outdoors Reporter Matt Riddle scored four awards, including first place and honorable mention in the Best Local Sports Feature category, second place for Best Local Sports Column and a third place in the Best Local Sports Story category.

Former Sierra Sun columnist Guy Coates (“Windows on History”) was honored with a second-place prize for Best Local Non-Staff Column. About Coates, the judges wrote, “Here’s a ‘guy’ that knows his community and does an excellent job sharing it with his readers. I almost felt as if I was there.” We couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, Guy is in the process of moving to Arizona. We hope he gets involved with his new local newspaper.

Sierra Sun production staffer Jessica Moreland received honorable mention for design work with Mountain Homes, our weekly real estate guide.

The whole staff of the Sierra Sun also received awards for its combined efforts, including: first place for Best Editorial Page (Many of the entries sent for judging included columns by local favorite Jim Porter, author of “Law Review”). honorable mention in the Best Special Section – Editorial category for our Election 2002 guide (On-site production manager Wendy Mason deserves credit for the design), and finally a third-place award for Community Service, for the “Gifts For Good” project, for which the Sun teamed up with the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, raising tens of the thousands of dollars for redistribution locally (Sun Publisher Jody Poe and TTCF President Lisa Dobey collaborated for the project).

In two years, the Sierra Sun has seen a near total turnover in staff, several redesigns and an added day to our weekly circulation schedule. We continue to strive to cover Truckee better, including a more aggressive Web presence (www.sierrasun.com). Please let us know what you would like to see for the future Sierra Sun. Awards stroke our collective ego, but they aren’t as important to us as satisfying our readers.

Jim Scripps is editor of the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at editor@sierrasun.com.


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