KLIPSAN BEACH — The Washington Press Association announced May 15 that Chinook Observer staff writer Kevin Heimbigner earned three second place awards in the 2012 Communication Contest held yearly by the news association. Heimbigner was runner-up for his June 19 story “Tsunami Boat Washes Ashore” in the General News category.

He also wrote “Will Hospital Stay Open — I Think So” March 6 and that story was runner-up in the Investigative News category. Heimbigner’s May 15 story, “Combating Snails to Save Oysters” won second place in the Agriculture-Environment category.

The Washington Press Association represents all sizes of newspapers throughout the state and there are six news categories in the non-daily division. Only one other writer received three such awards and another received two for news stories for non-daily papers in Washington.

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