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OJC Press Release ID: 2531

Monday, June 13, 2016

OJC Alum honored by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Blake Phillips, a 1976 graduate of Otero Junior College, was recently honored as the recipient of the Guy Bradley Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 

Florida game warden Guy Bradley was killed in 1905.  He was the first game warden in the country to lose his life in the line of duty. In 1988, NFWF established the award in his name to recognize individuals who have made outstanding lifetime contributions to wildlife law.

In an article in the East Idaho News on April 24, Enforcement Chief Greg Wooten, and others who nominated Phillips for the Bradley Award, said he absolutely deserves it. Read more at .

Phillips’ career started 36 years ago as a research technician. In 1983, he landed his dream job as a Conservation Officer and made $8.25 an hour. Phillips says he was in heaven. Other than four years working in Garden Valley, Phillips spent most of his career patrolling the Southeast Region of Idaho. In 2014, he capped his career by becoming the Assistant Enforcement Chief, based in Boise.

Phillips wrote an email to share the news of his honor with the junior college where it all started. 

“I attended OJC from 1974 to 1976 and received my AS degree there.  I went on to attend CSU, in Fort Collins and received my BS degree with a major in Wildlife Biology and a minor in Range Management. My dreams and degree took me to Idaho, where I met my wife of 32 years and landed a career with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a Conservation Officer,” said Phillips.

“The instruction I received from OJC was incredible and the exposure to classes such as physics, cell biology, organic chemistry, ornithology and many others opened my eyes to the incredible world we live in and set me on a course to be a protector of those resources,” explained Phillips.

“One instructor, Mr. Anderson, who later disappeared on a canoe trip in Canada, was a real inspiration, mentor and coach to me. Thank you OJC for giving me the opportunity to attend your university and open the door to a lifelong rewarding career,” Phillips added.

OJC alumni are invited to update their profiles at to keep their connection to OJC current. Include information on how you put your own OJC education to work and you may be contacted for a future feature story. If you know of an OJC alumnus who would like to share his or her story, please contact Sue Samaniego at (719) 384-6821 or

OJC will kick off a full academic year of celebration of its 75th anniversary on September 3 & 4, 2016.  Registration for the event is available at or by calling Sue Samaniego, Director of Communications and Public Relations at 719-384-6821. Admission is free to all activities except the barbeque dinner which is $10 per person.  Samaniego is also happy to help organize mini-reunions during the event for specific groups upon request (e.g. dorm residents during a specific year, sports teams from a specific era, etc.).  Be a part of OJC history…again.

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Blake Phillips, 1976 alumni of Otero Junior College, was recently honored with the Guy Bradley Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Courtesy photo.