Observer journalists recognized

The Salmon Arm Observer has scored another impressive series of award nominations, this time at the national level.

The Canadian Community Newspaper Association announced finalists for its annual newspaper competition and three of our journalists have been named.

The Observer as a whole was also honoured with a Blue Ribbon award, which is given in the general excellence division to any paper in the national competition that the judges feel deserves special recognition for excellence.

Reporter-photograher Lachlan Labere earned two nominations, one in the feature writing category for an article detailing the life of convicted marijuana dealer Colin Martin. His other nomination came in the feature photography category, for a shot of four young girls at a Remembrance Day service in Sicamous.

Observer reporter Martha Wickett is nominated in the business writing category for her special report looking into the apple industry in Salmon Arm.

Editor Tracy Hughes is also nominated for an editorial written in the wake of a tragic speedboat and houseboat collision on Shuswap Lake last July.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Vancouver on April 29.