The Blue Mountain Eagle earned the top two honors in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 2018 Better Newspaper Contest.

For weekly newspapers with a similar circulation size, the Eagle earned the Elmo Smith Award of General Excellence, the top award judged on overall newspaper quality.

The Eagle also earned more individual awards in its circulation group in the contest than any other weekly earned their circulation group to earn the sweepstakes award for weekly newspapers.

The Eagle won seven first-place awards, five second-place awards and nine third-place awards.

Editor and General Manager Sean Hart placed first in best writing, editorial, editorial page and coverage of business and economic issues. He placed third in local column, headline writing and government coverage.

Former reporter Rylan Boggs placed first in feature photo. He placed second in headline writing and third in spot news coverage, photo essay, sports photo and news photo.

Reporter Angel Carpenter placed first in sports photo. She placed third in writing.

Eagle designer Randy Wrighthouse placed first in page one design.

The staff placed second in web design, photo essay, enterprise reporting and spot news coverage and third in special section.