Daily Miner journalists win Arizona Newspapers Association awards

KINGMAN - Four Daily Miner journalists won individual awards in the 2015 Arizona Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Contest. The results were announced over the weekend.

• Reporter Doug McMurdo won first place for Best Feature Story for "How dementia stole a Kingman artist's life," a Dec. 14 story of the last days of Roland Oeller.

McMurdo also won a first-place award in the Best Column-Feature or Criticism category for a series of three columns: "On veterans who are homeless," Feb. 19; "It's our fault that pot is a gateway drug," Jan. 13; and "The ghosts of Christmas past," Dec. 24.

• Sportswriter Shawn Byrne won second place for Best Sports Column for these three entries: "Three high schools are better than one," Nov. 13; "When I think Lumberjacks, I think Jeff Lewis," May 8, 2014; and "Remembering a couple of Bulldog legends," Aug. 13, 2014.

• News Editor Alan Choate won third place in the Best Column-Analysis or Commentary category for: "Outbreak shows vaccine gap," Jan. 25; and "Cowards in the movie biz let the bad guys win," Dec. 21.

• Choate and Reporter Ryan Abella earned a third-place award in the Best Feature Photo Layout category for "40 Yards. One Kick. $1,000 on the Line," Sept. 9, 2014.

The Daily Miner competes in the 25,000-and-under circulation category.