Mark Esper, editor of the Silverton Standard & the Miner, spent Monday competing in what he dubbed "newspaper
The online face-off was The Washington Post "America's Next Pundit," in which Esper was one of 10 selected from 4,800
entrants to compete.
The winner gets to write a weekly column for the Post for 13 weeks at $200 a column.
Unfortunately, Esper, whose column Monday was about the elusiveness of victory in the war in Afghani-stan, was
eliminated in the first round with 98 online votes.
The top vote-getter racked up 1,465 votes.
In bidding adieu, the Post thanked the eliminated contestants.
"We singled each of you out from our original 4,800 entrants because we thought you had interesting ideas and a unique
perspective. And we look forward to reading and hearing more from you," it wrote.
Esper's original entry was about U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet's visit to Silverton in August.