"Home Country" columnist Slim Randles, won three regional book awards for the two books he wrote in 2014. "Max Evans and a Few Friends, the 90th Birthday Book" took honors for best non-fiction book, and "Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing" won for best how-to book and best cover design at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards in Albuquerque.
It's hard to tell where the outdoors leaves off and the writing begins in the life of award winning western author Slim Randles, because they have both been inseparable for decades. When Slim wasn't in the newsroom of a newspaper- either as editor, reporter, or columnist- he was in the open, getting cold, wet, burned by the sun, starving and otherwise having a great time. He has been a hunting guide in New Mexico and Alaska, made the first solo dogsled trip across Alaska's Arctic Slope, paddled a canoe down the Yukon River, built a log cabin 12 miles from the nearest road, and drove a dog team in the first Iditarod Race. He has also packed mules in the eastern High Sierra and roped calves in rodeos. And he has written about it in newspaper stories, magazine articles, and books, both fiction and non-fiction.
He was a popular columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and The Albuquerque Journal. Randles lives in Albuquerque and has a dozen books currently in print. His synicated weekly column appears on CNBNews every Wednesday.