Only nine English-language daily newspapers in the American West do an excellent job of covering the region's big story, according to the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. In recognition, the institute gave these papers the first Wallace Stegner Awards, in a Sept. 20 ceremony on the Stanford University campus, where the late Stegner taught creative writing and wrote about the West.

Los Angeles Times
The Oregonian (Portland)
The Sacramento Bee (California)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
Anchorage Daily News (Alaska)
The Idaho Statesman (Boise)
Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff)
The Durango Herald (Colorado)