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Valley Times wins big at 2015 ONPA awards

JONATHAN HOUSE - Linda Gerber, former head of Portland Community College's Sylvania Linda Gerber stands on the Clackamas River near her farm. Gerber retired in 2014. The Beaverton Valley Times brought home more than a dozen awards this week in the annual competition of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

The awards were announced Thursday and Friday at the ONPA’s annual summer convention at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach.

The Tigard/Tualatin Times, which shares several staff members with Valley Times, also won several awards, including the General Excellence award, the highest honor the paper can receive, as well as the coveted sweepstakes award for garnering the most awards for weekly newspapers in the state.

Combined, the Valley Times’ parent company, Pamplin Media Group, brought home 106 awards, the largest amount of editorial awards by any newspaper company in the state.

The full list of awards is available on the ONPA's website.

JONATHAN HOUSE - Valley Times photographer Jonathan House won an award for his images from the 2014 Ten Tiny Dances showcase.

1st Place

Best Sports Story — “Sweet Vengeance” (by Matt Singledecker)

Best Feature Photo — Returning to the Farm” (by Jonathan House)

Best News Photo — “A Year in Photos” (by Jaime Valdez)

Best Photo Essay — “Ten Tiny Dances” (by Jonathan House)

2nd Place

Best Special Section or Issue — “Portrait - Animals in our lives” (by the Valley Times staff)

Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues — “A positive spin” (by Shannon O. Wells)

Best Feature Story: Personality — “Soldier with the watchful eye” (by Shannon O. Wells)

Best Lifestyle Coverage — “A taste of the good life” (by Shannon O. Wells)

Best Page One Design — Keith Sheffield

Best Feature Photo — “Music - Songs float through her mind” (by Jaime Valdez)

Best News Photo — “Team Rescue” (by Jaime Valdez)

3rd Place

Best Sports Photo — “Crusader crowning” (by Jonathan House)