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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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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This will be one of the most talked-about Idaho books in Idaho this season: 14 years after its last edition, Ridenbaugh Press has released a list of 100 influential Idahoans. Randy Stapilus, the editor and publisher of the Idaho Weekly Briefing and author of four earlier similar lists, has based this one on levels of overall influence in the state – and freedom of action and ability to influence development of the state – as of the start of 2015.
100 Influential Idahoans 2015. By Randy Stapilus; published by Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 202 pages. Softcover. List price $16.95.
100 Influential Idahoans 2015 page.

100 Influential Idahoans 2015
"Essentially, I write in the margins of motherhood—and everything else—then I work these notes into a monthly column about what it’s like raising my two young boys. Are my columns funny? Are they serious? They don’t fit into any one box neatly. ... I’ve won awards for “best humorous column” though I actually write about subjects as light as bulimia, bullying, birthing plans and breastfeeding. But also bon-bons. And barf, and birthdays." Raising the Hardy Boys: They Said There Would Be Bon-Bons. by Nathalie Hardy; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 238 pages. Softcover. $15.95.
Raising the Hardy Boys page.



"Not a day passes that I don’t think about Vietnam. Sometimes its an aroma or just hearing the Vietnamese accent of a store clerk that triggers a memory. Unlike all too many soldiers, I never had to fire a weapon in anger. Return to civilian life was easy, but even after all these years away from the Army and Vietnam I find the experience – and knowledge – continue to shape my life daily."
Drafted! Vietnam in War and in Peace. by David R. Frazier; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton OR. 188 pgs. Softcover. $15.95.
The DRAFTED! page.


Many critics said it could not be done - and it often almost came undone. Now the Snake River Basin Adjudication is done, and that improbable story is told here by three dozen of the people most centrally involved with it - judges, attorneys, legislators, engineers, water managers, water users and others in the room when the decisions were made.
Through the Waters: An Oral History of the Snake River Basin Adjudication. edited by the Idaho State Bar Water Law Section and Randy Stapilus; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 300 pages. Softcover. $16.95.

Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh died on July 20, 2014; he was widely praised for steady leadership in difficult years. Writer Scott Jorgensen talks with Atiyeh and traces his background, and what others said about him.
Conversations with Atiyeh. by W. Scott Jorgensen; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 140 pages. Softcover. $14.95.

"Salvation through public service and the purging of awful sights seen during 1500 Vietnam War helicopter rescue missions before an untimely death, as told by a devoted brother, leaves a reader pondering life's unfairness. A haunting read." Chris Carlson, Medimont Reflections. ". . . a vivid picture of his brother Jerry’s time as a Medivac pilot in Vietnam and contrasts it with the reality of the political system . . . through the lens of a blue-collar, working man made good." Mike Kennedy.
One Flaming Hour: A memoir of Jerry Blackbird. by Mike Blackbird; Ridenbaugh Press, Carlton, Oregon. 220 pages. Softcover. $15.95.
See the ONE FLAMING HOUR page.

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.


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.

How many copies?


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)


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.


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, 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.