The Astorian, which competed in the 10,000 or less circulation category, brought home 18 awards, including two firsts for Our Coast magazine.

The Daily Astorian and its sister publications and websites in Oregon earned 51 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper and Best Ad Ideas contests this week.

At the conference held at the Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach south of Linclon City, East Oregonian and The Daily Astorian were first and second in the general excellence category, which is the highest award presented where winners are to be the best examples in the industry.

Capital Press, the northwest’s agriculture newspaper and website, took first in six affiliate categories, including the sweepstakes award for having the most points.

The Astorian, which competed in the 10,000 or less circulation category, brought home 18 awards, including two firsts for Our Coast magazine. The awards were:

Second: General Excellence

First: Best merchandising section, Our Coast, John Bruijn, Staff, Display Advertising

First: Best campaign using print and online, Our Coast, John Bruijn

Second: Best Enterprise Reporting, Wanted: Sexual assault nurses, now, Chelsea Gorrow

Second: Best Local Column, Impressions, Nancy McCarthy

Second: Best Graphics, Trading Tansy Point, Alan Kenaga

Second: Best institutional section, Home for the Holidays, Sales staff, John Bruijn

Second: Best multi-sponsor ROP ads, Historic Downtown Astorian, Sales Staff, John Bruijn

Second: Best section cover, Our Coast, John Bruijn

Third: Best Special Section or Issue, Our Coast Rebecca Sedlak, John Bruijn, staff

Third: Best Editorial Page, Steve Forrester, Matt Winters, Sue Cody, Laura Sellers

Third: Best Feature Story: Personality, Hammond man blows his own horn, Edward Stratton

Third: Best Headline Writing, Patrick Webb

Third: Best Local Column, In One Ear, Elleda Wilson

Third: Best overall website, Crindalyn Lyster, Travis Clark, Laura Sellers

Third: Best institutional section, Craft Beer, John Bruijn, Sales Staff

Third: Best Merchandising Section, Wellness Directory, Sales Staff, John Bruijn

Third: Best section cover, Coastal Weddings Spring, John Bruijn, Sales Staff

East Oregonian

First: General Excellence

First: Best Special Section or Issue

First: Best Special Section or Issue

First: Best Feature Story: General

First: Best Headline Writing

First: Best Sports Photo

Second: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues

Second: Best Lifestyle Coverage

Second: Best Sports Story

Second: Best Feature Photo

Second: Best News Photo

Second: Best online animated ad

Blue Mountain Eagle

First: Best Page One Design

First: Best advertising headline

Second: Best Writing

Second: Best Sports Photo

Second: Best advertising headline

Third: Best Special Section or Issue

Third: Best Editorial Page

Third: Best Writing

Third: Best Sports Photo

Third: Best institutional/image ad

Third: Best multi-sponsor ROP ads

Third: Most effective use of a small space

Capital Press

First: Sweepstakes

First: Target Audience

First: Photography

First: Writing

First: Design

First: Graphics

Second: Graphics

Third: Graphics

Wallowa County Chieftain

First: Best Editorial

First: Best Local Column

First: Best institutional/image ad

First: Best Multi-color merchandising ad

Second: Most effective use of a small space

Third: Best Multi-color merchandising ad

Third: Best Spot News Coverage

Hermiston Herald

First: Best Editorial

Third: Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues

Third: Best Lifestyle Coverage

Third: Best Sports Story