By Pat Grubb
The Northern Light and sister publications won a total of 20 awards at the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) annual meeting held October 14 and 15 in Wenatchee.
Published by locally owned and independent Point Roberts Press Inc. in Blaine, the company competed in a group comprised of higher circulation, mostly paid newspapers. It received awards in a number of categories including ad design, editorial, photography and web design.
In the advertising categories, it won nine awards including Best Advertisement of the Year for a San Juan Airlines ad designed by Ruth Lauman and Janet McCall. It took second place in the Community Service Award for the Whatcom Humane Society ad designed by Doug De Visser and Catherine Darkenwald. Also receiving recognition were ads for the Blaine Chamber of Commerce Fourth of July, the Drayton Harbor Oyster Company and Dog-toberfest.
Awards for special publications were given to sister publications Pacific Coast Weddings and Kara Furr, Doug De Visser and Ruth Lauman and Mount Baker Experience and Ian Ferguson, Kara Furr, Doug De Visser and Ruth Lauman.
Writers Steve Guntli and Ian Ferguson were respectively recognized for stories such as “55 people affected by E. coli outbreak after Lynden field trip” and “Woman crashes stolen school bus, jumps into bay.”
Contributing photographer Janell Kortlever took second place in the B&W sports action photo category for a photo of Shaq Woods.
In the digital realm, the Mount Baker Experience website was awarded third place.
The WNPA represents about 130 community weekly newspapers in Washington state and was founded in 1887.