DENVER -- The Craig Daily Press collected seven awards Friday night at the Colorado Associated Press Editors and Reporters banquet.
The Colorado Associated Press annually honors the work of member newspapers across the state. The Craig Daily Press competes in the category for small daily newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less.
The Daily Press collected two first-place awards, three second-place awards and two honorable mention awards.
The newspaper also took second place in the General Excellence category. The Durango Herald took first place and the Daily Press's sister newspaper, the Steamboat Pilot & Today, won third.
The Daily Press won numerous awards for "Dark Crystal: Northwest Colorado's Methamphetamine Nightmare," a four-part series published last summer.
The series, which examined the impact of meth on our community, took first place in the Public Service category and reprint of the series took first place in the Special Section category.
Participants in the series included reporters Christina Currie, Amy Hatten, Rob Gebhart, Jeremy Browning, David Pressgrove; intern Michelle Wallar; and graphic artist David Taylor, who took second place and honorable mention for two graphics he produced for the series.
Gebhart also won two awards in the Environmental Writing category. He won second place for "A shocking development," a story that examined U.S. Fish & Wildlife efforts to remove non-native fish from the Yampa River. He was awarded honorable mention for a story on grazing near the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge.