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Bulletin staff recognized with state journalism awards


Las Cruces Bulletin staff members came home from the New Mexico Press Association annual awards banquet Saturday, Oct. 30, with several recognitions.

“Our team here at the Bulletin works diligently and tirelessly to produce our weekly newspaper and a whole host of products and publications,” said Bulletin Publisher Richard Coltharp. “It’s nice to have that work honored by your peers.”

The Utah Press Association judged this year's Better Newspaper Contest in New Mexico for work done July 2020 through June 2021. The contest recognizes state print journalism works in the areas of website, editorial and advertising content. The Bulletin falls into the weekly publication category of publications with circulations above 5,000.

Coltharp earned the first-place award in the columns category for his tribute to longtime New Mexico State University men’s basketball coach Lou Henson following his death in July 2020. The piece was titled “Henson: a nice guy who finished first.”

“A moving and vivid tribute to a beloved figure who made a lasting impact on the community,” the contest judge wrote about the Henson column.

Coltharp also received the second place in the sports columns category.

Elva K. Österreich’s  first place breaking news award was for a story about Las Cruces “Woo Woo Doc” Dr. Ben Diven, Las Cruces Fire Department EMS Medical Director receiving the statewide Tim Fleming Medical Director of the Year Award.

The Bulletin staff also received second-place awards for its special section “Life is Good in Las Cruces,” for its advertising campaign for Toucan Market and for design and typography.

The annual press association meeting was held in Santa Fe.