The Society of Professional Journalists' Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition, unlike many others, features its own alt-weekly division, which pits publications from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and Montana against each other. This year, the Pacific Northwest Inlander led the pack with 13 total awards -- six of which were first-place finishes. Five of the Willamette Week's nine total awards were in first place, and Seattle Weekly won 13 total awards and three firsts. The Missoula Independent won five awards, with two first-place wins. The Eugene Weekly won five awards and the Portland Mercury won one.

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The Spokane, Wash., alt-weekly has re-launched its website, The redesign features faster load times, online archives stretching back 10 years, a regularly updated, all-in-one blog (a la The Stranger's Slog) and, crucially, a searchable, sortable, shareable entertainment listing system. The redesign was made possible through months of work with Wisconsin-based WeHaa, a web-publishing company that is also currently working with the Santa Fe Reporter, Ohio's Athens News and Birmingham Weekly. "My major goal was to really give The Inlander the dream site ... [to] give them the best tools to grab the online market," says Cesar Montes, president of WeHaa. "We keep growing and growing and growing, because we are [always] open to hearing the needs of the publisher."

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