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Park Record earns UPA General Excellence Award

Honors given for news, sports, graphics, advertising

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The Park Record staff celebrates the Utah Press Association Better Newspaper competition awards. The Record took home 10 awards, including General Excellence in the largest nondaily circulation category.

Park City's 137-year-old community newspaper proved it is keeping up with the times by winning top awards for digital breaking news and its website in this year's Utah Press Association competition. The Record also earned accolades for news coverage, feature stories, graphic design, special publications and advertising.

During the UPA awards banquet April 29 in Provo, Park Record Publisher Andy Bernhard was called to the podium 10 times to receive first-place plaques. The newspaper also earned five second-place certificates and five third-place awards. The cumulative tally of all categories earned the newspaper UPA's coveted General Excellence award in the state's largest nondaily circulation category.

Park Record Editor Nan Chalat Noaker said this year's honors are especially meaningful because they reflect work done in every department.

"Every edition has so many moving pieces," she said. "It requires a tremendous cooperative effort from our whole team."

She also noted that this past winter season presented some especially daunting challenges, including back-to-back blizzards in the midst of the busiest part of the year.

"We have a small but dedicated staff who literally broke trail through the snowdrifts to get to work this winter," she said.

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First-place awards

Education Editor Bubba Brown earned first place for Best General News Story for "Out of the shadows," an article about drug abuse among local teens. Park Record photographer Tanzi Propst helped illustrate the story, and Patrick Schulz designed the page.

Reporter Jay Hamburger won first place in the newly created category, Best Public Notice Reporting, for a story about how local businesses were scrambling to trademark their names. The story was part of a series that began when Vail Resorts attempted to trademark the name "Park City."

Reporter Griffin Adams won first place for his colorful feature about a local adventure seeker.

First place for Best Feature Series went to longtime contributing writer Steve Phillips for his lively profiles of talented local residents, including a marketing executive, a nurse and a postal worker who also tunes pianos. Propst took the accompanying photos for each.

The Best Editorial award went to Editor Nan Chalat Noaker for a collection of three opinion pieces, including a criticism of Congressman Rob Bishop for his stance on public lands, a