Tucumcari rancher Scott Bidegain is the new chairman of the New Mexico Game Commission.
The Commission unanimously re-elected Thomas “Dickie” Salopek of Las Cruces as vice-chairman. Other Commission members are Tom Arvas and Paul Kienzle of Albuquerque, Robert Espinoza of Farmington and Bill Montoya of Alto. A seventh member of the Commission will be named by Gov. Susana Martinez.
Bidegain works at T4 Cattle Company, a family-owned and operated cattle ranch. He also serves on the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies from West Texas A&M University. His term on the Commission expires Dec. 31, 2014.
The State Game Commission is composed of seven members who represent the state’s diverse interests in wildlife-associated recreation and conservation. Members are appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the state Senate.