This past weekend, at the California Newspaper Publishers Association luncheon, the Idyllwild Town Crier was again honored for its work. At Saturday’s CNPA session, the Town Crier received two 2012 Better Newspaper Contest Awards for work during the period of Nov. 1, 2011 through Nov. 6, 2012.

For its investigative work on the sudden surge in crime during the winter of 2011 and 2012, the paper received a second place award for Investigative Reporting.

Assistant Editor Marshall Smith and Production Manager Halie Johnson collaborated to produce a well written, well researched and visually graphic article.

In addition, the December 2011 story about Idyllwild’s changing demographics received an honorable mention. Again Johnson’s eye for graphics, combining a photograph of the Mike Pearson family with three generation as background for the graph earned kudos from the judges.

“I was thrilled,” Johnson said smiling. This was not the first year she has been acknowledged.

In 2012, CNPA recognized her work to improve the Town Crier’s website.