TOR 2020 – Under 10,000

SPJ’s Top of the Rockies winners 2020

Print: Circulation less than 10,000

Category NameAwardCreditsOrganizationEntry Title
General Website ExcellenceFirst PlaceDurango Herald Development TeamDurango HeraldThe Durango Herald
General Website ExcellenceSecond PlaceStaffFarmington Daily TimesThe Farmington Daily Times
General Website ExcellenceThird PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstAlbuquerque Business First website
A&E and Food: Single StoryFirst PlaceBilly Arnold, Allie GrossJackson Hole News&GuideThe Metal Mentality
A&E and Food: Single StorySecond PlaceStuart MellingGastronomic Salt Lake CityA seemingly fishy story  sushi in the desert
A&E and Food: Single StoryThird PlaceCollin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstWhy choosing a name could make or break your brew game
BlogFirst PlaceJeff RobertsColorado Freedom of Information CoalitionFreedom of Information articles and columns
A&E and Food: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstMeow Wolf could become New Mexico’s biggest startup story ever
A&E and Food: CriticismFirst PlaceCarolyn DunmireFour Corners Free PressJust follow the directions; the insta-cooker revolution; responsible food-sharing
Breaking News StoryFirst PlaceAllie Gross, Emily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideBlaze damages Genevieve building
Breaking News StorySecond PlaceJohn C. Ensslin, Ernest Luning, Conrad Swanson, Andy  ColwellColorado PoliticsDenver Runoff 2019
Breaking News StoryThird PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldHardrock 100 canceled
Sports: ColumnsFirst PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldSurviving life with Mom and the Rockies
Features: Short formFirst PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldThe man who killed Colorado’s last grizzly bear
Features: Short formSecond PlaceJohn SpinaLongmont Times-CallBartender’s liver saves child’s life
Features: Short formThird PlaceBret HauffDurango HeraldA woodcutter’s bliss
Spot News VideographyFirst PlaceJoseph WithamSt. George NewsWidespread fighting at St. George youth facility results in multiple injuries
News VideographyFirst PlaceTrennie CollinsThe Southern Ute DrumBack to School Round Dance
Legal: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEmily Mieure, Allie GrossJackson Hole News&GuideGroping victim feels let down by cops, prosecutors, courts
Legal: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAndrew Graham WyofilePower play: Big investment firm escapes Blackjewel ‘unscathed’
Legal: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceMike Easterling Farmington Daily TimesLack of mental health resources a major worry
Feature VideographyFirst PlaceTrennie CollinsThe Southern Ute Drum45th Annual Denver March Powwow
General Podcasting ExcellenceFirst PlaceAnythink Innovations , The Studio , Anythink Wright FarmsSPARKThe Kitchen Table
General Podcasting ExcellenceSecond PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldLiving Sports by John Livingston Episode 13: Professional soccer player Lauren Milliet
General Podcasting ExcellenceThird PlaceBret Hauff, Katie Chicklinski-CahillDurango HeraldThe Durango Herald in your Ear by Bret Hauff and Katie Chicklinski-Cahill: Eps. 2: Aliens, ninjas and adoptions, Eps. 3: Voters, and early Christmas and wolf rescues, Eps. 4: Tiny homes, Santa v. Krampus death match and teaching young’uns
Single Page DesignFirst PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideWondering if you should pet that dog?
Single Page DesignSecond PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldFeature page design David Buck 2
Single Page DesignThird PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldFeature page design David Buck 4
Front Page DesignFirst PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideSpark sets butte ablaze
Front Page DesignSecond PlaceMelissa EdwardsColorado Springs Business JournalCo$t of a data breach
Front Page DesignThird PlaceMichael HicksClear Creek CourantA dog-gone good time
Info GraphicFirst PlaceRachel Baca, Juliana VadnaisAlbuquerque Business FirstSo you want to see New Mexico like a visitor would
Info GraphicSecond PlaceSamantha NockJackson Hole News&GuideBudget 2020
Info GraphicThird PlaceRachel Baca, Juliana VadnaisAlbuquerque Business FirstEquality is good for your business
Marijuana General ReportingFirst PlaceJeanne DavantColorado Springs Business JournalWant weed with that?
Marijuana General ReportingSecond PlaceJeanne  DavantColorado Springs Business JournalNew law could end cannabis clubs legal limbo
Special SectionFirst PlaceStaffAlbuquerque Business FirstLegislative Preview
Special SectionSecond PlaceMichael Hicks, Deb Hurley Brobst, Deborah Swearingen, Corinne Westeman, Alissa Noe, Sara Hertwig, Page  HatcherCanyon CourierKids who will change the world
Special SectionThird PlaceMike Koshmrl, Andy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideHeadwaters
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsWeeding out employees: How will medical marijuana legalization affect workplace drug testing?
Marijuana Enterprise ReportingSecond PlacePatrick ArmijoDurango HeraldA mission of uncertainty
Health: General ReportingFirst PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsOpioid addiction clinic closes with short notice; staff, patients scramble for alternatives
Health: General ReportingSecond PlaceMary ShinnDurango HeraldEnding the cycle of ER visits
Politics: General ReportingFirst PlaceZak PodmoreFour Corners Free PressWinning a seat at the table
Politics: General ReportingSecond PlaceRyann RichardsonSt. George NewsTax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force Coverage (Series)
Politics: General ReportingThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofile2019 Wyoming legislative session coverage
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew Graham , Seth KlamannWyofileTrustees quietly investigated Nichols before unexplained dismissal/Nichols: Any investigation was unfair, but keep it hidden either way
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileSeries: Coal company’s bankruptcy ripples across Wyoming
Investigative/Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceAllie Gross, Melodie EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideInjured at work, some go unaided
Politics: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileWyo politicians respond to Blackjewel and coals black times
Politics: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceMikayla ShoupSt. George NewsSurviving the shutdown; How Zion and its park rangers are making do
Politics: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceLucas Peerman, John  Moses, Algernon  D’Ammassa, Hannah  Grover, Josh  Kellogg, Nathan Fish, Damien  Willis, Sam RibakoffFarmington Daily TimesDonald Trump Rally coverage, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Best Solutions JournalismFirst PlaceTom HallbergJackson Hole News&GuideColorado family planning sets high standard
Best Solutions JournalismSecond PlaceAlayna AlvarezColorado PoliticsDenver Police co-responder program
Best Solutions JournalismThird PlaceMaggie  McGuireMoab Sun NewsAddressing the Nation: Overcoming extreme challenges to voter registration in San Juan County
General Reporting- Series or PackageFirst PlaceAndrew Graham , Angus M.  Thuermer Jr. , Dustin Bleizeffer, Katie KlingspornWyofileRe-regulation: Examining Wyomings response to coals decline
General Reporting- Series or PackageSecond PlaceJoey BunchColorado PoliticsThe influencers: Lobbying at the Capitol
General Reporting- Series or PackageThird PlaceAndrew  Graham, Angus M.  Thuermer Jr. , Katie KlingspornWyofilePowering down: Examining coals shaky ground from Jim Bridger
News ColumnFirst PlaceJohn HazlehurstColorado Springs Business JournalIts a citizens job to identify leadership; New communities to be safe, boring, predictable; Branding our city shouldnt be this hard
News ColumnSecond PlaceErnest LuningColorado PoliticsErnest Luning: Trail Mix
News ColumnThird PlaceKerry DrakeWyofileCasper shooting confirms worst aspects of stand-your-ground law
Sports: General ReportingFirst PlaceJoel PriestThe Southern Ute DrumSangster on year one at IHS
Sports: General ReportingSecond PlaceAlissa NoeCanyon CourierThomas makes history on the English Channel
Sports: General ReportingThird PlaceJohn LivingstonDurango HeraldDropping into Durango
EditorialsFirst PlaceChristopher WoodBizWestEditorials: Universities should end …; Limit jobs? …; Colorado lawmakers
EditorialsSecond PlaceRegan  Foster, Bryan  Grossman, Mary Jo Meade, Amy Gillentine Sweet, John  Weiss, Ralph  RoutonColorado Springs Business JournalOnline, frogs hit boiling point/Last at bat for baseball?/Keep entertainment out of politics
EditorialsThird PlaceRobert MeyerowitzDurango HeraldRobert Meyerowitz Editorials 3
Feature Page DesignFirst PlaceDavid HolubDurango HeraldFeature page design David Holub 1
Feature Page DesignSecond PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideTarghee Fest
Feature Page DesignThird PlaceAndy EdwardsJackson Hole News&GuideService dogs
Legal: General ReportingFirst PlaceEmily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideJennifer Nalley’s killer sentenced to 25 years to life
Legal: General ReportingSecond PlaceEmily MieureJackson Hole News&GuideJudge allows defendant to avoid courthouse, feds
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileBlockchain: Can Wyo woo a digital revolution? Should it?/Links drive allegation of insiders writing crypto bills
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofilePavillion water experts fault leaky gas wells, unlined pits
Science and Technology: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileCan Mark Gordon save coal (and stop climate change)?
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseFirst PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldTainted by uranium
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileSage grouse populations declining across the West
Ag and Environment: EnterpriseThird PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldA changing Mesa Verde
Ag and Environment: General ReportingFirst PlaceGail BinklyFour Corners Free PressMove over for e-bikes
Ag and Environment: General ReportingSecond PlaceJonathan RomeoDurango HeraldRancher or tax scofflaw?
Ag and Environment: General ReportingThird PlaceLiz WeberDurango HeraldBringing back the wolf
Sports PhotographyFirst PlaceAndrew Graham, Mike VanataWyofilePomp, pageantry and politicians at the Daddy of em all
Sports PhotographySecond PlaceJerry McBrideDurango HeraldIron Horse
Sports PhotographyThird PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideCorbet’s Couloir
Feature PhotographyFirst PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideElk at the Teton County Fairgrounds
Feature PhotographySecond PlaceMatthew JonasLongmont Times-CallSunset Stunner
Feature PhotographyThird PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumUte Tribe ushers in spring with Bear Dance
News PhotographyFirst PlaceJoseph WithamSt. George NewsTrapped Coyote
News PhotographySecond PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideTarghee Elk Study
News PhotographyThird PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumShining light on domestic violence
Spot News PhotographyFirst PlaceBradly J. BonerJackson Hole News&GuideRoadkill
Spot News PhotographySecond PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideSaddle Butte Fire
Spot News PhotographyThird PlaceRyan DorganJackson Hole News&GuideWilson Wreck
Headline WritingFirst PlaceChristopher Ortiz, Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstDoughnuts, millennials and the Doyenne of Death
Headline WritingSecond PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldTrails of destruction – David Buck
Headline WritingThird PlaceDavid BuckDurango HeraldThe ketamine cure – David Buck
Public ServiceFirst PlaceBret Hauff, Mary Shinn, Jonathan RomeoDurango HeraldHomeless sustained coverage
Public ServiceSecond PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofilePermit proposes to release tainted water into Boysen, Wind River
Public ServiceThird PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileImmigration detention proposal prompts questions, drives debate
Health: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceShannon MullaneDurango HeraldLeaning on their peers
Health: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceFaith  MillerColorado Springs Business JournalMedicaid bottlenecks hurt home health agencies
Business: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceDan Mika, Lucas High, Paula Aven Gladych, Doug Storum, Ken AmundsonBizWestCannabis: The Next Frontier
Business: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceJohn SpinaLongmont Times-CallSouth Main Station
Business: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceMike EasterlingFarmington Daily TimesWHERE PAST, PRESENT MEET Once-plentiful Old West trading posts near Four Corners offer goods, history
Sports: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileSnowmobilers now top Wyo avalanche fatality list
Sports: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceRyne WilliamsSt. George NewsTop hurdler and dual-sport athlete, Darcy Jackson, working to take leaps over lupus
Sports: Enterprise ReportingThird PlaceRyne WilliamsSt. George NewsWhy not us? How a toy unicorn embodied Dixie volleyballs Cinderella run in 4A playoffs
Business: General ReportingFirst PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileIn coal country, Blackjewel’s bankruptcy touches many
Business: General ReportingSecond PlaceKen Amundson, Paula Aven Gladych, Lucas High, Jensen WerleyBizWestWorkforce Woes
Business: General ReportingThird PlaceHelen  RobinsonColorado Springs Business JournalTrade war hikes prices, squeezes businesses
Education: Enterprise ReportingFirst PlaceEllis ArnoldCentennial CitizenA united voice
Education: Enterprise ReportingSecond PlaceKatie KlingspornWyofileGuns, schools and Wyoming communities divided
Science and Technology: General ReportingFirst PlaceCollin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business FirstFormer Amazon exec will help lead ABQ startup’s national rollout
Science and Technology: General ReportingSecond PlaceJeremy Wade ShockleyThe Southern Ute DrumDoes electric drive the future?
Education: General ReportingFirst PlaceSam RibakoffFarmington Daily TimesTo fill teaching positions, Aztec looks towards contracted teachers from the Philippines
Education: General ReportingSecond PlaceCasey  Van DivierGolden TranscriptBus driver shortage
Education: General ReportingThird PlaceRyann RichardsonSt. George NewsPine View Middle promotes mental wellness with designated room for distressed students
Column Personal/HumorFirst PlaceJoey BunchColorado PoliticsJoey Bunch columns
Column Personal/HumorSecond PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsMarianne Goodland humor columns
Column Personal/HumorThird PlaceDavid FeelaFour Corners Free PressHave a GFF New Year; derelicts; fowl language
Feature: Long formFirst PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsPain over preservation
Feature: Long formSecond PlaceAndrew GrahamWyofileUnable to diversify, Legislature doubles down on energy
Feature: Long formThird PlaceErnest LuningColorado PoliticsCU’s Fantastic Four
News Reporting- Single StoryFirst PlaceAngus M.  Thuermer Jr.WyofileLawmakers quietly explore storing spent nuclear fuel
News Reporting- Single StorySecond PlaceBret HauffDurango HeraldIced out
News Reporting- Single StoryThird PlaceMarianne GoodlandColorado PoliticsPolis recall group hands out $11,000 in contributions to board members, employees