2007 Writing Awards

by Frank Zurey

The judge – Ron Hellbusch

The writing judge was longtime RMOWP member Ron Hellbusch, who tells us that the outdoors is his passion in life. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and photography, looking for each and every opportunity to enjoy nature. A resident of the Denver area, Ron writes an outdoors column for six north metro suburban weekly newspapers, as well as writing occasionally for Hunting & Fishing News and ESPN Outdoors.

The Awards

Best of Show

Al Perry, “Brazilian Free-tailed Bats” naturescapes.net

Published Article on 2005 or 2006 Conference

1st John Catsis, “Weekend Getaway”, Pilot Getaways, Jan/Feb 2006


1st 3-way tie: Andy Lightbody, “Outdoor Adventures – Fishing with the King”, “Weekend Adventures – Glenwood Springs” and “Outdoor Adventures – Ice Fishing – Blue Mesa”

Books and Scripts for TV/Movie/Video

1st Don & Barbara Laine, Best Short Hikes in Arizona, The Mountaineers
2nd Andy Lightbody, Elk Hunting in Gunnison, script
3rd Robert Stone, Day Hikes in the Beartooth Mountains, Day Hike Books

Newspaper Articles/Columns/Editorials

1st Mary Peachin, “Spirit Bears of Canada”, Arizona Daily Star, October 22, 2006
2nd Dan England, “One Step at a Time”, Greeley Tribune, August 6, 2006
3rd Mary Alice Murphy, “MAM’s Musings – Dogs”, Silver City Daily Press, November 17, 2006

Magazine Articles/Columns/Editorials

1st Lee Allen, “Archery Anglers”, Arizona Wildlife Views, Jan-Feb 2006
2nd John Catsis, “there’s more to Groom than a Cross”, Route 66, Fall, 2006
3rd Tom Bryant, “Mounted Shooting”, The Horseman’s Voice, August 2006

Newsletter Writing of Any Kind

1st Jack Olson, “Canyonlands Needles District” RMOWP Newsletter, Mar/Apr 2006
2nd Barbara Bradley, “Scott Sheridon – Fishing for a Cure”, The Catfish Connection, Spring-Summer 2006
3rd Maryann Gaug, “Cloudy Arches”, RMOWP Newsletter, July/August 2006

Web Writing

1st Al Perry, “Brazilian Free-tailed Bats”, naturescapes.net