Albuquerque-based writer and former mule packer Slim Randles will receive the Rounders Award at a reception Oct. 16 at Gov. Susana Martinez’s residence in Santa Fe. Named for the classic novel by Max Evans, the Rounders Award is given by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to “individuals who have lived, promoted or articulated the Western way of life.”
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Randles was a sports editor of the Mountain Democrat in the 1960s. His column appears here occasionally.
Former recipients include artist Grem Lee, novelist Max Evans, musician Michael Martin Murphey and humorist Baxter Black.
Randles, whose weekly column “Home Country” reaches 2.2 million readers in 44 states, is also the author of nine books, including the national award-winning “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right.”
Also receiving the award this year is Santa Fe-based art dealer and raconteur Forrest Fenn.