Second place went to John Nova Lomax of the Houston Press, and third to Julia Prodis Sulek of the San Jose Mercury News.
Best of the West is open to journalists in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, and doesn't separate its awards by circulation or daily/weekly publication. They receive about 1,300 contest entries per year.
The judge of this year's feature category was especially effusive in her praise of Jamie's story.
The writer of this beautiful and brave story must have a heart as big as Montana, and the soul of a poet. Such exquisite details here. Such powerful understatement. It left me sobbing.
So, congrats Jamie. You've done us proud.