File photo by Marcy Stamper
Marcy Stamper’s tranquil photo took third place in the pictorial category.

The Methow Valley News collected 36 awards — including 16 first-place awards — for writing, photography, design, advertising design, special publications and website content at the recent Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) annual convention in Olympia.

The contest time period was for newspapers and special publications published from April 2016 through March 2017. Awards are presented in four groups according to their circulation. The Methow Valley News is in group 2 (circulation of 2,501 to 5,000). Judging this year was by members of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

The News won 27 awards last year.

WNPA is a newspaper trade organization which represents about 100 community newspapers in Washington state. News publisher and editor Don Nelson finished his second and final term as president of WNPA at the Olympia convention.

The Methow Valley news winners are listed below (awards are for group 2 newspapers unless otherwise specified).

• Most effective use of small space for advertising (groups 1 and 2): Darla Hussey, third place, “Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos.”

• Tourism/community guide special sections: Made in the Methow, first place; Methow Valley Winter 2016-17, second place.

• Lifestyle/culture special sections: Living With Alzheimer’s, first place; Living With Fire, second place; Methow Home, third place.

• Best special section cover (groups 1 and 2): Darla Hussey, first place, Methow Valley Winter; Darla Hussey, third place, Methow Valley Summer.

• Best short news story: Ann McCreary, first place, “Uneasy riders.”

• Best health or medical story: Marcy Stamper, third place, “Low immunization rate worries health officials.”

• Best environmental story: Freelancer Sam Liebl, first place, “Battling the beetle invasion;” Ann McCreary, second place, “Large-scale restoration.”

• Best business news story: Don Nelson, third place, “Charting the Methow Valley’s eclectic economy.”

• Best business feature story: Ann McCreary, third place, “Looking for a home on the range.”

• Best education story: Marcy Stamper, first place, “Safe navigation in the wide-open digital world;” Marcy Stamper, second place, “Outdoor classroom.”

• Best government reporting: Marcy Stamper, first place, “Legislative efforts produce mixed results;” Ann McCreary, third place, “Newhouse in absentia at public meeting.”

• Best comprehensive coverage of a single issue: Ann McCreary, forest health series of stories.

• Best long general feature story: Marcy Stamper, first place, “Help from all over.”

• Best short general feature story: Ann McCreary, second place, “Bailing twine a fatal attraction for osprey;” Ann McCreary, third place, “Lofty solitude.”

• Best lifestyle feature story: Marcy Stamper, third place, “Firearms training.”

• Best long personality profile: Ann McCreary, first place, “Saving something for themselves.”

• Best story on the arts: Ann McCreary, second place, “Beest takes wing in Twisp Commons Park.”

The award-winning front page from Jan. 25, 2017.

• Best front page design: Darla Hussey, third place, Jan. 25, 2017, women’s march.

• Best sports news story: Don Nelson, third place, “Simply XCellent.”

• Best sports feature story (groups 1 and 2): Mandi Donohue, first place, “Rarified atmosphere.”

• Best sports personality profile (groups 1 and 2): Ann McCreary, third place, “State’s wildlife officer of the year.”

• Best editorial pages (groups 1 and 2): Methow Valley News, first place.

• Best general interest column or blog: Don Nelson, first place, “No Bad Days.”

• Best color feature photo: Ashley Lodato, first place, “Badass Wolverine Run.”

• Best color pictorial (groups 1 and 2): Marcy Stamper, third place, “Sea of tranquility.”

• Best website (groups 1, 2, 3 and 4): Methow Valley News.

• Best online photo essay (groups 1 and 2): Darla Hussey and Don Nelson, first place,  ’49er Days parade; Mandi Donohue, Ann McCreary and Don Nelson, second place, “July 4, 2016 in Twisp.”

Hussey wins WNPA’s Bradley award

Darla Hussey, the Methow Valley News’ graphic designer, web guru and social media director, is the winner of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s 2017 Dixie Lee Bradley Award.

The award “recognizes newspaper staff members who work long and hard, often behind the scenes, to see that the best possible community newspaper is distributed each week … selection criteria includes a demonstrated record over a considerable time of consistent quality work in any facet of the community newspaper industry including production, circulation, or front office support.” Dixie Lee Bradley, for whom the award is named, devoted 45 years of service to the WNPA and its members.

Hussey worked for the Othello Outlook weekly newspaper before coming to the Methow  Valley News in 2013. The award reflects her contributions at both newspapers as well as assistance with WNPA publications.

Former Methow Valley News business manager Marilyn Bardin won the Bradley award in 2005.