The Daily Astorian won 17 awards at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's annual Better Newspapers Contest.

The honors were announced at the annual ONPA convention at Welches Friday.

Photographer Lori Assa won five individual awards, including two first-place trophies. Assa earned first place in the photo essay category for her coverage of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial weekend and third place for her photo essay of a U.S. Coast Guard rescue training program. A photograph of the new Episcopalian church in Manzanita won first place for feature photo and she placed second in the same category for coverage of another Coast Guard training program. A photo from an Astoria High School softball game placed third in the sports photos category.

Managing Editor Patrick Webb earned two first-place trophies, one for a portfolio of six headlines and another for an editorial about U.S. high school students' ignorance of the First Amendment.

Reporter Tom Bennett earned first place in the enterprise reporting category for his coverage from Afghanistan of Astoria resident Dean Perez.

Reporter Sandra Swain won first place for spot news reporting in the March 1, 2005 edition for her coverage of the fire that destroyed the Wickiup restaurant.

Seaside-based reporter Laurel Eddy earned two awards, second place for religion reporting for her coverage of Hanukkah, and second place in the "silk purse" writing category for a personal reaction to a road accident which happened immediately in front of her vehicle. The category honors writers who turn an apparently mundane assignment into something especially interesting.

Coast Weekend Editor Kathleen Strecker earned second place for inside page design for a portfolio of three lay-outs.

The 2005 Daily Astorian Visitors' Guide was honored with a second-place award for special sections. The project was edited by Deputy Managing Editor Sue Cody and designed by copy editor Max Charlton. Charlton also placed third in the headline writing category.

The entire staff earned an honorable mention in the enterprise reporting category for a series on methamphetamine on the North Coast.

Two former Daily Astorian reporters were honored for work published during 2005.

Kate Ramsayer place second for business reporting with a two-part series on aquaculture. Leanne Josephson earned an honorable mention in the lifestyles reporting category for a story about canning.

The Daily Astorian competes against daily newspapers in Oregon with a circulation of 10,000 or below.

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