For the third consecutive year, Deseret News readers will determine which Utah news stories were the biggest of 1994.

As part of the Readers' Choice Top 10 news stories contest, readers' votes will be tallied to determine the most important stories. Prizes will be awarded to the 28 readers whose votes most closely match the overall results. Prizes include $150 and $50 gift certificates, a Far Side calendar, the video "Lavell Edwards, BYU's Football Classic," and a Deseret News Marathon T-shirt.Last year, Richard Menzies, a Salt Lake freelance writer, correctly matched nine of the top 10 stories and ranked three of them exactly to win the contest's grand prize.

It's easy to enter: Turn to the ballot printed on Page B3 of today's paper, mark your 10 choices for the top stories and then mail it, deliver it or fax it to the Deseret News by noon Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Photocopies won't be accepted, but more ballots will be printed in the newspaper during the next week. Extra forms will also be available at the Deseret News. Complete details and rules are printed on the ballot.

The Deseret News will compare your list with vote tallies of other entrants. The list of winning stories and contest winners will be printed in the Jan. 1 newspaper.