CNJ takes five first-place awards at Associated Press banquet

Staff and wire reports

ALBUQUERQUE — The Clovis News Journal took home five first-place and 16 total awards Saturday at the 2005 New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors award banquet.

The CNJ staff earned first place for its continuing coverage of the Base Realignment and Closure process involving Cannon Air Force Base, while staff writer Marlena Hartz and Editor David Stevens garnered the top honor in spot news for their coverage of a report of a junior high student with a rifle that turned out to be a 30-inch burrito.

Other CNJ staff members earning first-place awards were Eric Kluth in photo essay and Managing Editor Rick White in sports writing and headlines.

The Daily Lobo took home best in show in Division C with 24 awards, ending the CNJ’s run of four straight in the category.

The Portales News-Tribune took home a second in column writing.

Division C:
Spot News — 1. Clovis News Journal, Holy Guacamole, Marlena Hartz and David Stevens. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Student cited in argument against preacher, Christopher Sanchez. 3. Los Alamos Monitor, Woman survives crash in canyon, Carol A. Clark. Honorable Mention: Carlsbad Current-Argus, Standoff ends without incident, Jeff Keller.
Features — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Primates past their prime, Phil Parker. 2. Clovis News Journal, Holiday heartache, Marlena Hartz. 3. Clovis News Journal, Blast from the past, Sharna Johnson. Honorable Mention: Los Alamos Monitor, Spotlight on Los Alamos, Roger Snodgrass.
Columns — 1. Artesia Daily Press, IDC, Brienne Green. 2. Portales News-Tribune, Grandma Terry, Karl Terry. 3. Alamogordo Daily News, Manners, Richard Coltharp. Honorable Mention: Las Vegas Optic, Real Men, Art Trujillo.
Investigative Reporting — 1. Las Vegas Optic, Donations, David Giuliani. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Suicidal student, Katy Knapp. 3. Los Alamos Monitor, Fluoride levels, Darryl Newman. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Students on shuttles, Christopher Sanchez.
Continuing Coverage — 1. Clovis News Journal, BRAC/Cannon AFB, Staff. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Tuition hike, Rivkela Brodsky. 3. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Soccer, Riley Bauling and Kristie Boudwin. Honorable Mention: Los Alamos Monitor, NNSA Road plan, Darryl Newman.
Sports Newswriting — 1. Clovis News Journal, Baskett stings Rebels, Rick White. 2. Alamogordo Daily News, Lasting legacy, Gidal Kaiser. 3. New Mexico Daily Lobo, No separation of church and Lobos, Riley Bauling. Honorable Mention: Carlsbad Current-Argus, Final cross country meet, Kyle Marksteiner.
Science Writing — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, HSC’s first in vitro baby born, Caleb Fort. 2. Los Alamos Monitor, Baby black hole burbles in being – on camera, Roger Snodgrass. 3. Clovis News Journal, Hands on learning, Marlena Hartz. Honorable Mention: Los Alamos Monitor, Hans Bethe’s legacy still sparkles, Roger Snodgrass.
Business Writing — 1. Los Alamos Monitor, State vies for slice of dream palace pie, Roger Snodgrass. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Video paradise, Maria DeBlassie. 3. Alamogordo Daily News, Childcare options, Laura Hunt. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Bar tables freeze time, Jessica Del Curto.
Editorials — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, ASUMN subpoena, Staff. 2. Clovis News Journal, New Meth Law, David Stevens. 3. Las Vegas Optic, Richardson’s stolen base, Art Trujillo. Honorable Mention: Las Vegas Optic, Avila, David Giuliani.
Headlines — 1. Clovis News Journal, Rick White. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Eva Dameron. 3. Alamogordo Daily News, Monica Brown. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Francisco Gallegos.
Front Page/Section Front — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Jesse Schulz. 2. Carlsbad Current-Argus, LeAnda K. Staebner. 3. Clovis News Journal, Rick White. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Jesse Schulz.
Spot News Photo — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Demonstration, Harrison Brooks. 2. Clovis News Journal, Fire, Sharna Johnson. 3. Carlsbad Current-Argus, Standoff, Jason P. Montoya. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Memorial, Chelsea Armstrong.
Sports Photo — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Lobo Basketball, Harrison Brooks. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Lobo football loss, Xavier Mascarenas. 3. Clovis News Journal, Bull Rider, Andrew Chavez. Honorable Mention: New Mexico Daily Lobo, Dunk contest, Nathan Bancroft.
Feature Photo — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Final salute, Nick Layman. 2. Clovis News Journal, Drummer, Eric Kluth. 3. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Rally ’05, Xavier Mascarenas. Honorable Mention: Clovis News Journal, Enter the little dragon, Eric Kluth.
Photo Essay — 1. Clovis News Journal, Tour of Thailand, Eric Kluth. 2. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Soccer, Xavier Mascarenas. 3. None. Honorable Mention: Carlsbad Current-Argus, Centuries of Tradition, Erin Greene.
Graphics/Illustrations — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, In-state showdown, Eric Garcia. 2. Clovis News Journal, Traffic control, Rick White. 3. Carlsbad Current-Argus, Local meth use, LeAnda K. Staebner.
Web Site — 1. New Mexico Daily Lobo, Daniel Garcia. 2. Clovis News Journal, Staff.
Best of Show: New Mexico Daily Lobo
Mark Twain: The Albuquerque Tribune