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KLOE radio broadcaster Curtis Duncan received the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Environmental Hero Award today in Goodland, Kan. The award was presented by Scott Mentzer, meteorologist in charge of the Goodland NOAA Weather Service forecast office, during a ceremony for Duncan.

Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their “tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's environment.” Duncan was recognized for his commitment to providing high quality weather information to western Kansas residents via commercial radio and for his support of volunteer storm spotter training sessions.“Curtis not only publicizes NOAA’s National Weather Service training sessions to increase public turnout, but also attends them himself,” Mentzer said.“He is an excellent storm spotter.”

“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.“They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities, America needs more environmental heroes like them.”

Established in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission.

“On behalf of the 12,500 men and women working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, I am pleased to present you with this 2004 Environmental Hero Ward,” Lautenbacher wrote in a letter to Duncan.“Your dedicated efforts and outstanding accomplishments greatly benefit the environment and make our nation a better place for all Americans.”

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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