Jack’s Corner — Awards

Ferndale Enterprise editorial cartoonist Jack Mays won four National Newspaper Association awards for editorial cartooning, including first place awards in the association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2010 and 2012.

First place in editorial cartoons (no circulation breakdown), National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2012

Ferndale dairyman John Vevoda, a member of the Humboldt County Tea Party, was paid almost $1 million in 2011 in money from President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a floodplain easement for his Ferndale bottoms land. Vevoda’s winter-time flooded property was often referred to as “Lake Vevoda.” Jack Mays renamed it “Lake Obama” — with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. (April 28, 2011)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

Second place in editorial cartoons (no circulation breakdown), National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2012

Former Humboldt Creamery CEO Rich Ghilarducci — who was convicted of lying to a bank and eventually was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison — was depicted by Jack Mays as Pinocchio and the bank, creamery partner and new owner of the creamery, as Geppetto. The cartoon was accompanied by a front page story in that week’s Enterprise about Ghilarducci’s defense against his criminal charge — stating that he advised against the creamery’s expansion in 2004 — and his lying on an application to an Arizona real estate agent licensing board as he attempted to begin a new career in real estate. (January 13, 2011)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

Second place in editorial cartoons (no circulation breakdown), National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2011

When the Coast Guard was threatening to come and remove the first-order Cape Mendocino Fresnel lens, which had been housed at the entrance to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds for 60 years, Jack Mays chained himself to the replica lighthouse and penned this cartoon, thumbing his nose at the Coast Guard and redirecting their efforts at more important endeavors, such as cleaning up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (June 17, 2010)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

First place in editorial cartoons (no circulation breakdown), National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2010

When former Humboldt Creamery CEO Rich Ghilarducci skipped town, Jack Mays thought it only appropriate that a “missing” poster should be put on milk cartoons. (March 5, 2009)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

(Jack Mays/The Ferndale Enterprise)

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