Ridenbaugh Press/publisher Posts

Our weekly Public Affairs Digest – for Washington, Oregon and Idaho – traditionally have been for sale just by annual subscription. That’s changing.

The annual subscriptions are still available, of course, and are the best way to get the Digests. But we’ll also be selling them as single issues, $1.98 each. Payment through PayPal – if you’re already set up there – takes less than a minute.

Annual subscriptions, as noted, remain the best: As the national publications would put it, you save 41% off the per-issue cost that way. But checking out a few single issues can be a good way to get a sense, for pocket change, of what the Digests have to offer.


We’ll be publishing soon – in a matter of a few weeks, we expect – a new book on one of the more remarkable developments in public education in the Northwest in recent years: The College of Western Idaho.

CWI, the first public community college in the Boise area since the emergence of Boise State University, was talked about for many years, decades even, but got nowhere near reality until 2007. That was when a group of leaders around Boise came together and pushed through a public ballot issue – in a very conservative, and very tax-averse, time and place. And then, in the space of couple of years, the new college emerged virtually out of thin air.

Dennis Griffin, who was president of the college for that development period, is telling the story of how it happened, and what it may mean for the people in the area.

We’ll keep you updated as the book gets closer to publication. Which, as noted, isn’t far off. [October 2, 2011]


A little over a year ago, we launched a revised public affairs digest – the electronic weekly edition. This week, we make a few changes, some cosmetic and organizational and others substantive. Everything that has been here over the last year remains (sometimes in a different place), but we’re also adding more original material.

Excerpts, for example, have been moved to whatever subject area seems to be most applicable. And we’ve renamed (though not repurposed) several of the sections.

These features will be showing up, from time to time, as warranted.

How things work – We’ll spotlight, from time to time, the processes and ways things work. The actions and decisions of the moment sometimes need a little more context indicating where they fit in the larger picture.

Documents – We’ll highlight some of the key documents and statements of the week, drawing from speeches, court decisions, regulatory findings, press releases, official statements and more.

Fact checks – We’ll take a look at some of the assertions made by official (and unofficial) speakers, and document reports, on various topics, especially as campaign season kicks into gear.

Ripple effects – A look at some of the effects, sometimes subtle, that some of the overt changes could create. Many policy decisions and other actions have a wide range of side effects.

View – Our take on events and trends, with analysis and perspective. We’ll be moving the “our take” feature in the excerpts section to wherever in the issue the subject matter seems most appropriate.

Let us know what you think. The changes aren’t necessarily over.


For 15 years, Ridenbaugh Press has published the National Water Rights Digest, about water rights, uses and conflicts around the country. Now we’ve published a summary of what’s going on in all 50 states, in The Water Gates: Water Rights, Water Wars in the 50 States.

Now, Digest editor Randy Stapilus here has wrapped up the increasingly tense water issues around the country, from the use of water by bottlers in relatively wet New England, to the big water supply battle between Georgia, Florida and Alabama, to the long-running (and possibly never-ending) water conflicts and dilemmas in the dry western states.

The Water Gates is available at Ridenbaugh Press and at other outlets including Amazon.com.



The Intermediary: William Craig among the Nez Perce, our latest in Northwest history, is out and available through Ridenbaugh Press and elsewhere.

Lin Tull Cannell, who lives at Orofino near the spots where much of the historical action in the book took place, spent 15 years researching and writing this story of William Craig, who played a pivotal role in the early development of the interior Northwest – in the decades before there was an Idaho, even in the form of a territory. It’s a dramatic story never told until now.

See our Intermediary page for more information.


Ridenbaugh Press has been blogging for what passes for a long time on the Internet – since 1995, when we began posting on Northwest politics. We’ve spread our activities since then, and we’ve been posting on the net about a range of things – book publishing, dog rescue, water rights . . .

Time has come to put up a central portal for all this, and clarify a little what it is we do. What that is, is a little complicated: We provide goods (books and periodicals) and services (book and periodical publishing and editing services). Those falls generally in the main categories you see at the top of this site.

We’ll use this space, the blog component of this site, as an update for what we’re doing. Keep watching this space!