Ron Nichols, a public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Soil Conservation Service, recently received the Gold Screen award from the National Association of Government Communicators.

The honors are the association's "Academy Awards" to recognize outstanding audiovisual productions by and for government, said state conservationist Francis T. Holt.Nichols, 31, of Holladay, Salt Lake County, was recognized for his production of the "Earth Team" slide show, which won the national competition in the slide-with-video category.