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Gila County Cattle Growers Annual Salute to Ranching

2013 ‘Salute to Ranching’ Honorees:

Rancher of the Year: Chas Erickson, GCCGA Annual Sale Chairman , Yardmaster and Past President, GCCGA

Wrangler of the Year: Don Luhrsen, Pleasant Valley District Ranger, USFS

On Friday, December 6, 2013, The Globe Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce and EDC honoredlocal ranchers for their achievements and contributions to the community the annual "Salute to Ranching" dinner at the Dream Manor Inn.


Chas Erickson was honored as Rancher of the Year. Long overdue, Chas has been a stalwart pillar in the association for more than 20 years.  His sacrifice and concern at the GCCGA Annual Auction has been non-paralleled and beyond any other member or officer. Among his many accomplishments, Chas is owner of Dagger Springs Ranch, GCCGA Past President, and GCCGA Annual Sale Chairman and Yardmaster. Our hats are off in gratitude for his many years of service to the organization. He is the driving force in the success of our annual sale. THANK YOU, CHAS.


Don Luhrsen, TNF District Ranger for Pleasant Valley Ranger District was awarded Wrangler of the Year. Don was honored for his accessibility and willingness to work with ranchers. His love of the land shows through his tireless energy and involvement in activities to help his permittees. Don is willing to go to bat for permittees on issues and has a "let's see how we can get this done" attitude.  He goes the extra mile to help find solutions to situations not reasons why a project cannot be done.”

© 2013 Gila County Cattle Growers Association

Gila County Cattle Growers Association

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