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September 25, 1997

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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 25, 1997 19 PVO swoops I'IPA awaI00 II Members of the Pahrump Valley Gazette staff traveled to Winnemucca this weekend to receive 13 Nevada Press Association Better Newspaper Contest Awards. Six of the awards were first place status for small weeklies and one was the very prestigious General Excel- lence award for all-around first class work in reporting, writing, design and advertising. General Excellence represents the highest award given in the statewide contest. "If I ever, ever won anything in my life, I always thought I would cite what the actress Jodie Foster said several years ago when she accepted her "Best Actress" Oscar award," PV Gazette Publisher Mary Ann McNeill said. "Foster said that when she was a young child, her parents always made her feel like her school draw- ings were Picassos and placed them on the refrig- erator for everyone to see. It is this unconditional kind of love that gives us the confidence, desire and energy to go out and face challenges and adversity in later life. I was very lucky that my parents also gave me this kind of love." "I saw what a talented group of people I had working for me and I tried to make them feel their works were Picassos, too," McNeill said. "I chal- lenged them to do the very best work they could, often under very adverse conditions. They worked very hard for these awards. I guess it paid off. Almost nothing feels better than recognition from your peers for work well done." "PV Gazette owner, Joe Richards, gives my staff and I complete creative freedom outside his page 6 Target editorial column. I will always thank him for that and treasure that opportunity," McNeill said. Carlton McCaslin, PVG advertising director said, "I think the General Excellence award was the most significant for what we did here. But, wait until next year when we win Ad of the Year!" There are 33 member newspapers in the NPA and only three of those are large dailies. The PVG competes with 15 other small weeklies in the annual contest. EXCELLENT AWARDS---Clockwise from upper left, Mary Ann McNeill accepts the General Excellence award; Carlton McCaslin and Sean Wilson accept a First Place Ad award; and Patti Babcock accepts a First Place for Features from Governor Miller. Bruce Stevenson shows his Third Place Photo award; Bob Dandy won First Place for his Illustrations; and Dann Weeks proudly displays his two First Place Design awards. i The winning entries were: General Excellence, Pahrump Valley Gazette Staff, First Place Best Feature Story, Patti Babcock, First Place "The Chosen Ones," about BLM adoptive horses Best Feature Page Design, Dann Weeks, First Place Nevada Highway Patrol Layout Best Feature Page Dedgn, Dann Weeks and Sean Wilson, Second Place, Community College Layout Best Overall DesJ_gn, PVG Staff, Third Place Best Sports Page Design, First Place, Dram Weeks, Little League Layem Best  Robert l)mdy, Flrst  PVPAC CuIa, al C.enr and AUea Vtors Best Feature Photo, Bruce Stevemm, Thh-d Plaee, Death Vidley Hone  Sigm Best Multiple Feature lqmtm, Patti  Second Place, Abandoned Horses Best Portrait, Pam Babcock, Third Place, The Llmm Horseman Best Sports Photo, Pare Babcock, lqrst Ptace, Radeo Rkter Best paee Ad, Carlton McCmBn and Semi Wllseca, First Plaee, "Don't Blow Your Coog' for tho Double Eagle Castno Best Black and White Ad, Carlton MgCaslin and Sean Wiisea, Third Piaee, The Odyssey  Photos by Brent Babcock and Ethel Messer