In an impressive showing, the Town Crier scooped seven awards in the Best Newspaper and Advertising Contest conducted annually by the California Newspaper Publisher Association.

Much like the Oscars, the CNPA awards are adjudicated by a jury of peers — publishers, editors and reporters. Awards are given based on circulation.

In the category of 4,300 or under circulation, judges pointed their professional pens and pencils in the direction of the following TC categories, columnists and staff:

  • Second place, staff, Best Arts and Entertainment coverage
  • Second place, Halie Wilson, Best Artistic Photo for a panoramic vista of Garner Valley with snow on the mountains
  • Second place, Conor O’Farrell, Best Column for two holiday-themed columns
  • Second place, Halie Wilson, Best Multi-color Ad, quarter page or larger for “Fish Wrap”
  • Third place, Best Niche Product-Magazine, Palms to Pines Magazine
  • Honorable Mention, Jack Clark, Best Coverage of Local Government, “Sunny the Cat”
  • Honorable Mention, staff, Best Special Section, Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Official Program.

The Town Crier is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Recognition from our professional peers, at this level, is a great birthday present.