by Laura Keil

The Rocky Mountain Goat’s wildlife photography contributor Leon Lorenz has won gold at the BC/Yukon Community News Media Association (BCYCNA) Ma Murray awards this year, for an underwater photo of spawning salmon that appeared in an Aug 2022 edition of the Goat. Lorenz was nominated in the Feature Photo category for newspapers under 10,000 circulation.

The Goat received bronze for all-round newspaper excellence in its circulation category for excellence in photography, design, ads, editorial and news coverage. Fellow nominees in the Goat’s category include the North Thompson Times in Clearwater and the Lake Cowichan Gazette in Duncan.

There was no in-person awards ceremony this year, and the results were announced via Zoom on May 4th.

“I want to congratulate Leon and my whole team on their outstanding work,” said Publisher/Editor Laura Keil. “I’m lucky to be able to work with such diligent, talented people.”

The Goat serves the Robson Valley and Upper North Thompson Valley, including the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Dome Creek, Crescent Spur, Blue River, Tete Jaune and Mt. Robson.