The Four Corners Free Press received six awards in the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies contest.
The Free Press competes with other newspapers under 10,000 in circulation in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico. The competition was for work done in 2010. Results were announced April 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
David Grant Long won first place in personal-column-writing for columns about the Tea Party, about accusations of plagiarism against former U.S. Rep. Scott McInnis and about former local District Attorney Jim Wilson.
Gail Binkly took first place in environmental general reporting for “A Long and Winding Road,” an August 2010 article about the controversy over the Recapture Trail in Utah. Binkly also placed second in editorial-writing for pieces about tax law, medical marijuana and illegal immigration.
Binkly, Long, and Jim Mimiaga took second in general reporting (series or package) for a collection of articles about medical marijuana.
Anne Minard placed second in environmental feature writing for “Goshawks: Caught in the crossfire” in January 2010.
Sonja Horoshko placed third in general news writing for a December 2010 story about sub-standard housing on the Navajo reservation.