Feb 16 2013

Ridenbaugh Writers

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Some of the writers who appear on this site, regularly or from time to time.

stapilus RANDY
STAPILUS

 
The View
from Here

Randy Stapilus founded Ridenbaugh Press in 1988 (as publisher of his book Paradox Politics) and the same-named web site and blog in 1994, making it one of the oldest political-oriented blogs in the Northwest. He edits and publishes the Washington, Oregon and Idaho Weekly Briefing e-publications, two monthly publications on water rights (the Snake River Basin Adjudication Digest and the National Water Rights Digest), and writes a column on Idaho for several newspapers in the region. He is the author of a number of books on Idaho, most recently including Idaho 100 (with Martin Peterson), some published by Ridenbaugh Press and others by the Globe-Pequot Press and by the Caxton Press. (See the bookstore for a full list.) On the web site, he writes sections under the headings of the Idaho column, First Take, West of the Cascades and other stray posts. He lives in Carlton, Oregon.

 

carlson CHRIS
CARLSON

 
Carlson
Chronicles

Chris Carlson was a journalist in Idaho and in Washington, D.C. before going to work for former Governor and Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus, an association that in various forms continues. A former partner in the consulting Gallatin Group, he is the author of the book Cecil Andrus: Idaho’s Greatest Governor, and is at work on another book about Idaho history and politics (to be published by Ridenbaugh Press). He lives in Medimont, Idaho (which is roughly a half-hour southeast of Coeur d’Alene).

 

mansfield DENNIS
MANSFIELD
 

Dennis Mansfield has been an Idaho political activist (Republican and conservative) and active in the area’s religious community for a quarter-century. His take on things (as visitors to his own web site at www.dennismansfield.com will attest) is not as predictable as that shorthand description might suggest. He is the author of the new book Beautiful Nate: A Memoir of a Family’s Love, a Life Lost, and Eternal Promises. He lives in the Boise area.

 

mendiola MARK
MENDIOLA

 
Reports

Mark Mendiola is a long-time Idaho journalist based at Pocatello, a veteran editor and reporter at the Idaho State Journal – starting work there in the early 70s after attending Idaho State University – and a former managing editor at the Blackfoot News. He covers economic and other news for a variety of western publications and periodically sends reports our way, and also hosts an Eastern Idaho cable television interview program. He lives in Pocatello.

 

Menzel TOM
MENZEL

 
Washington
My Home

Tom Menzel is a veteran editor and a close-eyed observer of the Puget Sound. He has a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and spent 14 years in the newspaper business, including a variety of editing positions at the Idaho Statesman in Boise. He founded Menzel-Higgins Communications in 1986 and has provided communications counsel for many government and private-sector clients, including high-profile public involvement projects and political campaigns. Tom has also been involved in community activities ranging from education and health care to community trails. He lives in the Puget Sound village of Hansville on Washington’s Kitsap Peninsula.

 

peterson MARTIN
PETERSON
 

Martin Peterson has experience in Idaho public affairs going back at least through the 1960s, ranging all the way from early experience working on a political campaign to unseat freshman congressman James McClure in 1968, to becoming in 2012 executive director of the McClure Foundation at the University of Idaho (not that either marks the beginning or end of his public activities). In between, he was for many years the government relations officer for that university, led the Idaho Centennial Commission and the Association of Idaho Cities, was Idaho’s chief budget officer, and too much else to list here. He is deeply interested in Idaho history, spends considerable time in the near-ghost town of Silver City and is co-author (with Randy Stapilus) of the book Idaho 100. He is now retired (in theory) and lives in Boise, Idaho.

 

rainey BARRETT
RAINEY

 
Second
Thoughts

Barrett Rainey was a journalist in Washington and in Idaho, working in broadcast and print, hosting for some years a talk radio program in Boise, and working in a range of other areas as well, before moving to Oregon (of which he’s a native). Where he could not stay still either, living at various times in Bend, Grants Pass, Brookings and most recently Roseburg, which frequently gets a reference in his regular columns.

 

trahant MARK
TRAHANT

 
Austerity

Mark Trahant is a Northwesterner and Westerner with a broad journalistic background. From his website: “Trahant was recently a Kaiser Media Fellow and is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mark is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is the author of The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Henry Jackson, Forrest Gerard and the campaign for American Indian self-determination. He lives in Fort Hall, Idaho.”

 

harris ROBERT
HARRIS

 
Oregon
Outpost

Robert Harris has lived his entire life in the Oregon and Washington. He is the managing partner of Harris Law Firm, a general practice “Mom and Pop” law firm of ten attorneys located in the Portland Oregon metro region. For 30 years he was a registered Democrat but is now a leader in the Independent Party of Oregon and the editor of OregonOutpost.com.

 

jorgensen W. SCOTT
JORGENSEN

 
Conversations with Atiyeh

W. Scott Jorgensen recently began a stint as a chief of staff for an Oregon Senate office and lives in Wilsonville with his wife and children. In 2013, he authored Transition, a book about how members of the millennial generation are taking positions of leadership despite the economic hardships of the last several years.

 

linda LINDA
WATKINS
 

Linda Watkins is the managing editor of Ridenbaugh Press and the writer of periodic posts here. She is deeply involved in dog rescue and is at work on a book on that subject. She lives in Carlton, Oregon, with two dogs and her husband (Randy Stapilus).

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A truly down-home ad for Oregon Senator Merkley.

 

Back in Print! Frank Church was one of the leading figures in Idaho history, and one of the most important U.S. senators of the last century. From wilderness to Vietnam to investigating the CIA, Church led on a host of difficult issues. This, the one serious biography of Church originally published in 1994, is back in print by Ridenbaugh Press.
Fighting the Odds: The Life of Senator Frank Church. LeRoy Ashby and Rod Gramer; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 800 pages. Softcover. $24.95.
See the FIGHTING THE ODDS page.


 
JOURNEY WEST

by Stephen Hartgen
The personal story of the well-known editor, publisher and state legislator's travel west from Maine to Idaho. A well-written account for anyone interested in Idaho, journalism or politics.
JOURNEY WEST: A memoir of journalism and politics, by Stephen Hartgen; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, here or at Amazon.com (softcover)

 

 

NEW EDITIONS is the story of the Northwest's 226 general-circulation newspapers and where your newspaper is headed.
New Editions: The Northwest's Newspapers as They Were, Are and Will Be. Steve Bagwell and Randy Stapilus; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 324 pages. Softcover. (e-book ahead). $16.95.
See the NEW EDITIONS page.

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THE OREGON POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

The Field Guide is the reference for the year on Oregon politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Compiled by a long-time Northwest political writer and a Salem Statesman-Journal political reporter.
OREGON POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Hannah Hoffman; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
THE IDAHO POLITICAL
FIELD GUIDE 2014

by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase is the reference for the year on Idaho Politics - the people, the districts, the votes, the issues. Written by two of Idaho's most veteran politcal observers.
IDAHO POLITICAL FIELD GUIDE 2014, by Randy Stapilus and Marty Trillhaase; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. $15.95, available right here or through Amazon.com (softcover)

 
 
without compromise
WITHOUT COMPROMISE is the story of the Idaho State Police, from barely-functioning motor vehicles and hardly-there roads to computer and biotechnology. Kelly Kast has spent years researching the history and interviewing scores of current and former state police, and has emerged with a detailed and engrossing story of Idaho.
WITHOUT COMPROMISE page.

 

Diamondfield
How many copies?
The Old West saw few murder trials more spectacular or misunderstood than of "Diamondfield" Jack Davis. After years of brushes with the noose, Davis was pardoned - though many continued to believe him guilty. Max Black has spent years researching the Diamondfield saga and found startling new evidence never before uncovered - including the weapon and one of the bullets involved in the crime, and important documents - and now sets out the definitive story. Here too is Black's story - how he found key elements, presumed lost forever, of a fabulous Old West story.
See the DIAMONDFIELD page for more.
 

Medimont Reflections Chris Carlson's Medimont Reflections is a followup on his biography of former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus. This one expands the view, bringing in Carlson's take on Idaho politics, the Northwest energy planning council, environmental issues and much more. The Idaho Statesman: "a pull-back-the-curtain account of his 40 years as a player in public life in Idaho." Available here: $15.95 plus shipping.
See the Medimont Reflections page  
 
Idaho 100 NOW IN KINDLE
 
Idaho 100, about the 100 most influential people ever in Idaho, by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson is now available. This is the book about to become the talk of the state - who really made Idaho the way it is? NOW AN E-BOOK AVAILABLE THROUGH KINDLE for just $2.99. Or, only $15.95 plus shipping.
 

Idaho 100 by Randy Stapilus and Martin Peterson. Order the Kindle at Amazon.com. For the print edition, order here or at Amazon.


 

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    watergates

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    More about this book by Randy Stapilus

    Water rights and water wars: They’re not just a western movie any more. The Water Gates reviews water supplies, uses and rights to use water in all 50 states.242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

    intermediary

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    More about this book by Lin Tull Cannell

    At a time when Americans were only exploring what are now western states, William Craig tried to broker peace between native Nez Perces and newcomers from the East. 15 years in the making, this is one of the most dramatic stories of early Northwest history. 242 pages, available from Ridenbaugh Press, $15.95

    Upstream

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    The Snake River Basin Adjudication is one of the largest water adjudications the United States has ever seen, and it may be the most successful. Here's how it happened, from the pages of the SRBA Digest, for 16 years the independent source.

    Paradox Politics

    ORDER HERE or Amazon.com

    After 21 years, a 2nd edition. If you're interested in Idaho politics and never read the original, now's the time. If you've read the original, here's view from now.


    Governing Idaho:
    Politics, People and Power

    by James Weatherby
    and Randy Stapilus
    Caxton Press
    order here

    Outlaw Tales
    of Idaho

    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here

    It Happened in Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here

    Camping Idaho
    by Randy Stapilus
    Globe-Pequot Press
    order here