Colorado Press Women members don’t enter the professional communications contest often these days, but when they do, they fare well against tough competition – two first-place awards, one second place and one third!

Sonja Marie Horoshko of Cortez, writing for the Four Corners Free Press, took first in the Specialty Articles-Government or Politics category for her articles about Navajo voting in southeast Utah (beating out competitors from Arkansas, New Mexico and Nebraska). In the Continuing Coverage/Unfolding News category, she took third place with a series of articles about conflict between tribes and their opponents over the Bear Ears National Monument (winners came from Delaware and New Mexico).

Chelsey Baker-Hauck of Denver, CBH Brand Strategy, earned a first place for a news release she wrote about a Metropolitan State University of Denver study on the impact of a minimum-wage increase on Colorado women and families (beating entries from Nebraska, Texas and North Dakota).

Jane Bock of Boulder, Professor Emerita, took second place in General Nonfiction Books with “Forensic Plant Science” against entries from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware.

All three women were able to enter the national contest of the National Federation of Press Women by placing first in a category of the At-Large NFPW contest. The 2018 NFPW At-Large Communications opened for entries Oct. 1. Contestants save $25 by entering before the Jan. 23, 2018 early bird deadline.