UISAPA journalism contest finalists named

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Finalists have been announced in the 2017 Utah, Idaho, Spokane Associated Press Association Contest.

The awards in actual order of finish – first, second and third places — will be announced in the next few weeks via mail and email. They will also be posted at http://discover.ap.org/contests/uisapa.

Sixteen daily newspapers submitted 532 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2017.

Please review the finalists and contact Dina Naylor (drnaylor@ap.org) or 509.599.3919 by Tuesday, March 13, to report any misspelled names, titles or other problems.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2017 Utah, Idaho, Spokane Associated Press Association Contest (in random order):

FINALISTS IN DIV III:

Beat Reporting: Katie McKellar, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Mark Shenefelt, (Ogden) Standard-Examiner, “Criminal Justice/Inmate Deaths”; The Salt Lake Tribune, “Lead-Up to Reduced Monuments.”

Editorials: Hal Boyd, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Jay Evensen, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune.

Feature Photo: Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Polar Bear”; Steve Griffin, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Dragonfly”; Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Eclipse Wedding.”

Feature Story: Rachel Alexander, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Dayton Lost its Asparagus Business to the War on Drugs, but Residents Persevered”; Nick Deshais, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “The Woman Who Fought Freeways”; Maria La Ganga, (Boise) Idaho Statesman, “The High Cost of Long-Term Healthcare.”

General News Photo: Ravell Call, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Dental Distractions”; Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune, “FLDS Evictions”; Tyler Tjomsland, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “A Soldier to Soldier Salute.”

General Reporting: Lois M. Collins, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Is the Right of Way the Right to Die? What you Don’t Know About Crossing the Street Might Kill You”; Emma Penrod, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Disappearing Great Salt Lake”; (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “U. of Utah Huntsman Cancer Boss Saga.”

Graphic Artist: Heidi Perry, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Right of Way? Right to Die”; Aaron Thorup, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Invasion of Poland”; Aaron Thorup, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “The Hurricanes.”

Investigative Reporting: Taylor Anderson, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Jail Safety”; Daphne Chen and McKenzie Romero, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “The New Asylums: How Utah Traps the Mentally Ill Behind Bars”; Mark Shenefelt, (Ogden) Standard-Examiner, “Inmate Deaths Reach 17-year High in Northern Utah.”

Online: Best Website: (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; The Salt Lake Tribune.

Online: Breaking News: (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Freeman High School Shooting”; The Salt Lake Tribune.

Online: Special Package: Christopher Kamrani, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Last of the Enforcers”; Tad Walch and Scott Taylor, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “What the BYU Pathway Program is in 11 Graphics”; The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “A Year in the Fields: The State of the Washington Farmer.”

Personal Column: Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune; Lois M. Collins, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Shawn Vestal, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review.

Photo Illustration: Francisco Kjolseth, The Salt Lake Tribune, “BYUtah Fan”; Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune, “MyKayla Skinner”; Dan Pelle, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Cirque and Gargoyles.”

Picture Story/Photo Essay: Kristin Murphy, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Some Races Don’t Have a Finish Line”; Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Exodus of the FLDS”; Laura Seitz, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “How Utah Became One Refugee Family’s Final Chance at Survival: A Story of Hope, Sacrifice and the Power of Family.”

Portfolio: Jeffrey D. Allred, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Ravell Call, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Kristin Murphy, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News.

Portrait: Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Bigfoot Hunter”; Kathy Plonka, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “On the Spectrum”; Laura Seitz, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Refugee Arrival.”

Series or Special Project: Nate Carlisle, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Exodus of the FLDS”; Sara Israelsen-Hartley, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Gender Wage Gap Series”; The Salt Lake Tribune, “Arrested Nurse Alex Wubbels.”

Sport Feature Photo: Colin Mulvany, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “Final Four Loss Stings”; Kristin Murphy, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Losing”; Scott Sommerdorf, The Salt Lake Tribune, “American Fork Wins State Champs.”

Sports Column: Amy Donaldson, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Douglas Robinson, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Throwing Darren Carrington a Lifeline Destroys Student-Athlete Myth. Detmer Wasn’t Ready and BYU Should Have Known it; Hayward Move is Bad for Jazz, Bad for NBA”; Brad Rock, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “It Might not be BYU’s Dave Rose Who Has Hit the Ceiling; Utah’s Darren Carrington Should Sit this One Out; Screaming Eagles Shame Themselves.”

Sports Feature: Amy Donaldson, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Un-limb-ited Hope: Teenage Amputee Finds Healing, Inspiration at Sports Camp”; Christopher Kamrani, The Salt Lake Tribune, “The Rise of American Figure Skating’s Next Phenom, Nathan Chen”; Douglas Robinson, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “How Hunter Woodhall Went from Blade-Running Novelty to a Legend. Do Blade Runners Have an Unfair Advantage.”

Sports Photo: Jeffrey D. Allred, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Bucked”; Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Swimmer”; Laura Seitz, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Eye Poke.”

Spot News Photo: Francisco Kjolseth, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Standoff Grips Downtown.”

Spot News Story: Nick Deshais and Chad Sokol, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review, “One Freeman Student Dead, Three Hospitalized”; Jennifer Dobner and Tom Harvey, The Salt Lake Tribune, “Swallow Acquitted”; (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “President Trump Comes to Utah.”

Spot Sports Story: Nate Carlisle and Aaron Falk, The Salt Lake Tribune, “BYU, NCAA Investigating Nick Emery’s Ties to Booster”; Eric Woodyard, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “Donovan Mitchell Mania Invades Utah as Jazz Rookie Embraces Community”; Eric Woodyard, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News, “New York Native Donovan Mitchell Cherishes Madison Square Garden Debut.”

FINALISTS IN DIV II:

Beat Reporting: Emily Havens, The (St. George) Spectrum, “FLDS Women and Women in Utah”; Heather Kennison, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Business”; Julie Wootton, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Education.”

Editorials: Jordan Carroll, (Provo) Daily Herald; Matt Christensen, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Our View.”

Feature Photo: Isaac Hale, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Outdoor Show”; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Corn Maze”; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Ballet Audition.”

Feature Story: Bree Burkitt, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Mental Health Court: Changing One Defendant’s Life at a Time”; Braley Dodson, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Transgender at BYU: Current and Former Students Living Lives Despite Unclear Policies”; Julie Wootton, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Dual Credit Changes Higher Ed Landscape.”

General News Photo: Jordan Allred, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Killer Stare”; Loren Benoit, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, “Mounted Shooter”; Isaac Hale, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Orem Mayor Cuts Ribbon on New Splash Pad.”

General Reporting: Bree Burkitt, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Enoch Nurse Recounts Scene in Las Vegas Hospital Following Mass Shooting”; David DeMille, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Washington County Population Growth: What it Will Look Like”; Emily Havens, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Why LGBT Youth in Utah Consider Suicide.”

Graphic Artist: David Revilla, (Provo) Daily Herald, “The Ticket.”

Investigative Reporting: Bree Burkitt, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Coerced: How a Cedar City Police Interview Ended in a False Confession”; Kurt Hanson and Genelle Pugmire, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Claims, Statements of Provo Mayoral Candidates Verified, Disputed”; (Provo) Daily Herald, “Utah County’s Housing Dilemma.”

Online: Best Website: Jordan Carroll and Stacy Johnson, (Provo) Daily Herald; (Pocatello) Idaho State Journal; (Twin Falls) Times-News.

Personal Column: Ralph Bartholdt, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, “Outdoors”; Bradley Guire, (Nampa) Idaho Press-Tribune, “My Journey to Quit Painkillers; Be Careful with Your Hot Butts; Tales of a Blind, Biased Zebra.”

Photo Illustration: Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Allergies”; David Revilla, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Making the Cut”; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Pitch Count.”

Picture Story/Photo Essay: Sammy Jo Hester, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Learning to Breathe”; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Foster Care”; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Idaho Aquaculture.”

Portfolio: Chris Caldwell, The (St. George) Spectrum; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News.

Portrait: Isaac Hale, (Provo) Daily Herald, “The Candy Bomber”; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Ring Maker”; Patrick Sutphin, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Sport Cancellation.”

Series or Special Project: Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, “Art or Blasphemy? Our Lady of Disagreement”; (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Foster Care in Idaho.”

Sport Feature Photo: Loren Benoit, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, “Fight for the Fish”; Isaac Hale, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Skyhawks vs. Lions”; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Leaders.”

Sports Column: Jared Lloyd, (Provo) Daily Herald; Sunny Mahe, (Provo) Daily Herald, “A Coach’s Wife.”

Sports Feature: Ryan Miller, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Patrick Tyler was a Security Guard, Now he’s Leading One of the Nation’s Top Offenses”; Jeff Papworth, (Pocatello) Idaho State Journal, “Snake River Player Overcomes Disability to Succeed on Pitch”; B.J. Rains, (Nampa) Idaho Press-Tribune, “The July Grind: A Behind the Scenes Look at Life on the Recruiting Trail.”

Sports Photo: Loren Benoit, Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Press, “High Flyer”; Chris Caldwell, The (St. George) Spectrum, “UHSAA Rodeo”; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Pole Vaulter.”

Spot News Photo: Chris Caldwell, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Santa Clara House Fire”; Isaac Hale, (Provo) Daily Herald, “West Mountain Fire”; Drew Nash, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Fire.”

Spot News Story: David Ashby, (Pocatello) Idaho State Journal, “Easter Moose — Wild Animal Visits Old Town Pocatello”; Ryan Miller, The (St. George) Spectrum, “Left No doubt: T-Birds Get Revenge on Weber State”; Alex Riggins, (Twin Falls) Times-News, “Students Injured in Carey Bus Crash.”

Spot Sports Story: Darnell Dickson, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Top-Ranked Duke Teaches Wolverines a Lesson in Elite Play”; Michael Guise, (Pocatello) Idaho State Journal, “Blackfoot Baseball Player Who Died in Wreck Memorialized”; Jared Lloyd, (Provo) Daily Herald, “Miracle Cowboy.”

FINALISTS IN DIV I:

Beat Reporting: Keith Kinnaird, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Courts”; Mary Malone, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Education”; Taylor Nadauld, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Higher Education Beat.”

Editorials: Alysen Boston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Blame Game, Free Speech and WSU Faculty”; Anthony Kuipers, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Posters, Columbus Day, Words”; Devin Rokyta, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Nazis, Growth and Little Big Reasons.”

Feature Photo: Geoff Crimmins, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Church Window”; Savannah Hopkinson, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “Missionary Letters Returned After 50 Years a Miracle”; Mary Malone, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Golden Magic.”

Feature Story: Kaitlyn Bancroft, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “From BYU to ESPN, How Holly Rowe Brings Passion to Sportscasting, Cancer Fighting “; Sean Dolan, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Utahans, Others from all Over Flock to Idaho for Total Eclipse”; John Zsiray, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Lights in the Dark: Deserae Turner Rescuers Named Cache Valley Residents of Year.”

General News Photo: Kai Eiselein, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Pumpkin Drop”; Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Low Rider”; Mary Malone, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “On Fire with Science.”

General Reporting: Sean Dolan, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation Plans to Restore Sacred Site”; Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Fast and Furious”; Carley Porter, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “Pipeline Opponents Say Trump’s Executive Order Tramples Tribal Sovereignty.”

Graphic Artist: Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Holiday Headers.”

Investigative Reporting: Kaitlyn Bancroft, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “BYU Investigates Cheating Ring Allegations “; Keith Kinnaird, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Document Exposes Jail Sex Scandal”; Keith Kinnaird, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Utt Sought in Trestle Creek Slaying.”

Online: Best Website: Craig Staszkow, Moscow-Pullman Daily News; The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU).

Online: Breaking News: Craig Staszkow, Moscow-Pullman Daily News; The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU).

Online: Special Package: Jaylen Bohman and McKenna Flores, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “Pregnancy and Prison: the Untold Story of Women Who Give Birth Behind Bars”; Theresa Davis, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “What’s Next for Bears Ears?”; Haley Hilton, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “The Cost of Perfection.”

Photo Illustration: Eli Lucero, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Solar Eclipse.”

Picture Story/Photo Essay: Savannah Hopkinson, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “Couples Seek Support, Understanding When Struggle with Infertility”; Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Fun at the Fair”; Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Hurrah for the Red, White & Blue.”

Portfolio: Geoff Crimmins, Moscow-Pullman Daily News; Eli Lucero, The (Logan) Herald Journal; Chanse Watson, (Osburn) Shoshone News-Press, “Snapshots of the Silver Valley.”

Portrait: Geoff Crimmins, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Kean Wilcox”; Kai Eiselein, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Independence Day6”; Caroline Lobsinger, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Jim Wood.”

Series or Special Project: Katie Short, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “The Night that Shattered Moscow”; Chanse Watson, (Osburn) Shoshone News-Press, “Strike! The Saga at the Lucky Friday Mine”; The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “BYU-Approved Housing Can be a Bust for Students, Boon for Landlords.”

Sport Feature Photo: Eric Plummer, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Future Shock”; Eric Plummer, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “I Swim Therefore IM.”

Sports Column: Josh Grissom, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Monday Morning Quarterback”; Shawn Harrison, The (Logan) Herald Journal; Eric Plummer, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “The Front Row.”

Sports Feature: Josh Grissom, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Former Vandal Jesse Davis Finds Starting Role with Dolphins”; Eric Plummer, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Open Your Doors”; Caleb Turner, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “BYU Alumnus Leads Second Life in MMA Ring.”

Sports Photo: Kai Eiselein, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Basketball”; Eli Lucero, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Safe at Third”; Eli Lucero, The (Logan) Herald Journal, “Youth Rodeo.”

Spot News Photo: Geoff Crimmins, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Steam Tunnel Rescue”; Mary Malone, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Rough Landing”; Josh McDonald, (Osburn) Shoshone News-Press, “Fighting the Flames- McConnell Hotel fire.”

Spot News Story: Camille Baker and Jacob Osborn, The (Provo) Daily Universe (BYU), “#VegasShootings: the Facts, People Affected and Ways to Help”; Keith Kinnaird, (Sandpoint) Bonner County Daily Bee, “Deputies Shot”; Katie Short, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Swastikas Carved Into Wall at WSU Residence Hall; Same Hall Evacuated After Bomb Threat Found.”

Spot Sports Story: Josh Grissom, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, “Cougs Can’t Break Through.”

FINALISTS IN DIVISIONS I, II, III COMBINED:

Reviews: Carolyn Lamberson, The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review; Josh Terry, (Salt Lake City) Deseret News; Ellen Fagg Weist, The Salt Lake Tribune.

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