Pioneer wins SPJ awards for writing
The awards were announced at the annual SPJ Awards Banquet held in Portland. The Pioneer competed against other papers with circulations of less than 8,000, and in a several areas against all other non-daily papers in the state.
General Editor Susan Matheny garnered three awards, a third place in the Spot News category for "Bees Keep Emergency Workers Busy," a story about a bee truck wreck in Cow Canyon.
She also took third place in the Personalities category for "Jessica's Recovery Amazes All," about Madras teenager Jessica Glaspie's recovery from a life-threatening gunshot wound. She received an honorable mention award for her column "Local Notions," competing against all other state non-daily papers.
Pioneer News Editor Troy Foster won a third place award in the Business News category for his story "Race to the Bottom" about local gas wars. He competed against all other non-dailies.