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By: Laura Keil, Publisher

The Rocky Mountain Goat newspaper is among three newspapers in its circulation category nominated for Newspaper Excellence in B.C. this year.

The B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association has shortlisted three newspapers in the under 2000 circulation category. The winner of first, second and third will be announced at a gala in Vancouver April 25th.

The award recognizes excellence in editorial, graphic design, photography, and layout, among others.

“I am so proud of our newspaper team here at the Goat,” said Publisher and Co-owner Laura Keil. “We are always striving for excellence and it’s nice to be recognized for that.”

The Goat started as a 12-page newspaper in June 2010, the brainchild of Joseph Nusse who enlisted Laura Keil as editor and business partner.

In 2011, Keil took over management of the newspaper while Nusse remained invested but outside of daily operations.

In 2013, the Goat hired Korie Marshall as full-time Editor and Keil took on more responsibilities as Publisher and Sales Rep. The same year, the Goat hired Alison Kubbos, a professional illustrator who took on graphic design and later administrative duties.

Most recently the Goat has hired Frank Green, a reporter based in McBride.

The Goat is one of just a handful of independently owned newspapers in B.C.

Over the years the Goat has had many contributors and staff members that have contributed to its success. We thank everyone who has invested their time and energy into making the Goat run smoothly as well as into something people pick up each week.