The Green Valley News won several awards Saturday in the Arizona Newspapers Association “Better Newspapers Contest” and “Excellence in Advertising.” The newspaper won the following awards in its circulation category.

•First place for Special Section/Newspaper Supplement or Magazine for “Discover Southern Arizona,” edited by Karen Walenga and designed by Graham Harrington. 

•First place, “Best Feature Photograph,” titled “Snake bite!” by Kitty Bottemiller, of GVFD’s Fire Corps snake-removal team.  

•First place for “Best Feature Photo Layout,” by Eric Tobias, titled “She will be missed.” 

•Second place for “Best Sports Story,” “Fish tale,” by reporter Karen Walenga, the story of 93-year-old La Posada resident Lenore Groundwater winning a fishing derby in Alaska.

•Second place for “Best Sports Column,” “A letter to ESPN,” by sports editor Kevin Duke.

•Second place for “Best Column/Feature/Criticism,” “Santa Cruz county sheriff calls it like he sees it,” by freelance writer Scott Dyke. 

•Third place for “Best News Photograph,” titled “She will be missed,” by freelance photographer Scott A. Taras. 

•Third place for Enterprise Reporting, “Domestic violence,” by Kitty Bottemiller.

•Third place for Best Online Site/Web Page.


•First place for “Best Black & White Ad,” by Graham Harrington for “Congrats, Jennifer.” 

•First place for “Best Pro Bono or Public Service Ad,” by Graham Harrington for “Valley Assistance Services.” 

•First place for “Best Newspaper Ad, Series or Section,” by Eric Tobias for “Any way you want it.” 

•Second place for “Best Color Ad,” by Sarah Keith, for “Empower Physical Therapy.” 

•Third place for General Excellence.