Steamboat Springs It's a good thing Colorado State University isn't expecting an acceptance speech from C.J. Mucklow.
Mucklow, director of the Routt County Cooperative Extension Service Office, will be honored Saturday with a Colorado State University Alumni Association Distin-guished Alumni Award.
"It's an honor to be recognized," Mucklow said Wednesday. "I don't really know what to say."
The award recognizes Muck-low's 20 years of service with CSU's Cooperative Extension Service. Extension offices thro-ughout the state provide residents information about agriculture, horticulture and consumer and family sciences.
After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences and a master's in Agricultural Studies in the mid-1980s, Muck-low began his work as an extension agent in Elbert County. He was hired as a Routt County extension agent in 1989.
Mucklow has received numerous awards for his work, including the "National Winner of Excellence" from the National County Agricultural Agents Association and the Distinguished Service award from the Colorado County Agents Association.
Mucklow also is an active member of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association and the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club. The U.S. Forest Service previously has recognized Mucklow for his expertise and dedication in providing information about the bark beetle infestation.
Jay Whaley, who has worked with Mucklow for the past nine years, credits him for being instrumental in the local agriculture industry.
"His main goal is to make sure that agriculture survives in Steamboat's recreational environment," Whaley said. "He was nominated by his coworkers, which says a lot about the effort (Mucklow) gives."
Mucklow, in turn, returned the praise to his colleagues.
"I'm really proud of the great staff at the Extension Office, my coworkers, and all the volunteers," he said.