The front page of the Nelson Star of Jan. 12, 2018 was one of two that helped the newspaper win Best Front Page in its circulation class at the Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

Nelson Star picks up three community newspaper awards

Wins best front page in Canadian Community Newspaper Awards

The Nelson Star has won three awards at the annual Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, which recognize the best in community publishing across the country.

The Star finished first in the Best Front Page category, circulation 6,500 to 12,499, based on its editions of Jan. 12 and July 26, 2018

Tyler Harper’s story “Nancy Greene Raine takes a bow,” was third in the Best Feature Story category. The story profiled the Rossland-raised ski legend as she marked the 50th anniversary of her Olympic gold medal and retirement as a senator.

Bill Metcalfe was third in the Excellence in Rural Reporting category for “De Groot family slams investigation report.” The story reported the reaction of Peter de Groot’s relatives to the Independent Investigations Office report on the Slocan man’s death at the hands of the RCMP.

Additionally, Castlegar News reporter Betsy Kline was third in the Best Feature Series category for “Critical condition,” which looked at the state of emergency health services in B.C.

Former Grand Forks Gazette reporter Kathleen Saylors took second in the Best Spot News Photo Coverage category for a picture of last year’s flooding in Grand Forks.

Kimberley Vlasic of the Fernie Free Press was second in the Best Feature Story category for “Creating bosom buddies,” about a network of women who trade breast milk.

Phil McLachlan, also of the Free Press, was first in the Best Sports Photo category for “Spills and thrills at Canada/BC Cup.”

Local Black Press newspapers also received eight honours at the Ma Murray Awards in Richmond in April, including six for the Star.

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