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HOME COUNTRY AWARDEDAlbuquerque-based writer and former mule packer Slim Randles will receive The Rounders Award at a reception October 16 at Governor 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."

Former recipients include artist Grem Lee, novelist Max Evans, musician Michael Martin Murphey and humorist Baxter Black.

Randles, whose 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."


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