Friends call her a true Westerner and now Lynne Cheney is being honored for that Western spirit.  Mrs. Cheney has been named the 2012 Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show.  This annual award is given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer and who are committed to carrying on the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.  In addition to her duties as Second Lady of the United States, Lynne Cheney served under presidents Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Among her achievements, she’s written several best-selling history books for children and their families that stress the importance of knowing about the leaders, events and ideas that have shaped our nation and the world.  As a Wyoming native, she is recognized by many as one who epitomizes western values.  She will accept the Citizen of the West award in January in Denver.