GLENEDEN BEACH – The Blue Mountain Eagle took second place in a General Excellence competition for non-daily newspapers and won six other awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Convention last week.

The 2011 Better Newspaper Contest awards were announced at the annual gathering, held at Salishan Lodge.

In addition to the General Excellence honor, which was in the nondaily division, the Eagle won three first-place awards, two second-place awards and one third-place award in its circulation category.

The first-place awards were in:

Best Special Section or Issue, to Marissa Williams, Winnie Browning and the Eagle staff for the Explore Grant County visitor guide.

Best Editorials, to Scotta Callister, for editorials on the Aryan Nations, Idaho Power and biomass.

Best Enterprise Reporting, to the Eagle staff, for coverage over several months of the Aryan Nations’ foray into Grant County and the community’s response.

The Eagle also had second place in enterprise reporting, with that honor going to Sandra Gubel and Scotta Callister for coverage of Idaho Power Company’s controversial transmission line siting process.

Another second place went to Callister for Best Editorial Page.

The Eagle won third place in Spot News, for its initial coverage of the Aryan Nations incident.