The La Cañada Valley Sun collected two first-place and three second-place awards Saturday in the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.'s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards, presented in San Jose during a meeting of the nonprofit trade association, were among 16 collected on behalf of Times Community North by Editor Dan Evans.
Taking the first-place award for best columns in the weekly newspaper category was Managing Editor Carol Cormaci, who writes a column titled "Piece of Mind." Cormaci's columns range from commentary on civic affairs to more personal topics. One of the columns submitted for the contest was about the loss of her sister to cancer.
Collecting a second-place award for a news photo was Photographer Tim Berger. Berger was sent out on this assignment when a fast-moving brush fire broke out near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge on a spring day.
To accompany a story on spiders that were invading La Cañada in the summer of 2011, staff photographer Raul Roa shot this close-up. Roa's efforts were rewarded with a second-place prize in the art/nature photo category of the contest.