The Ely Times took home two first-place honors for ad design and seven total awards in the community newspaper division in the Nevada Press Associations annual Better Newspaper Contest.
The awards were presented on Saturday at the NPA convention in Elko.

Shari Gilson won for Best Large-Space ad for a Sportsman-Hunters ad and also Best Black and White ad for a Haunted Ghost Train ad. She also earned a third place for Best Multi-Colored ad (Sportsworld Fishing Derby).

Staff writer Lukas Eggen garnered three awards: a second place for Best Sports Feature (Pro baseball player makes home in Ely), second for Best Sports Photo (WPHS takes two of three from Elko) and a third for Best Sports Story (Coach returns to alma mater to lead Bobcats).

Columnist Tom Mitchell took a second place in the Best Local Non-Staff Columnist category for his commentary.

Also at the Nevada Press Association convention,  John Cahlan, former editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has been inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame.

Cahlan started in the newspaper business by hawking copies on street corners as a boy.
Born in 1905, he graduated from University of Nevada, Reno. He was editor of the State Journal Register before moving to Las Vegas in 1929 to work on the Las Vegas Review, of which his brother was part owner.

When that paper merged with the Las Vegas Journal, he became editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a position he held until 1961.

Cahlan died in 1985. He was posthumously honored Saturday at the Nevada Press Association’s annual banquet in Elko.

His brother, Al, and wife, Florence Jones, already are members of the Hall of Fame.