Michael Hofferber

3200 College Street, Baker City, OR 97814
phone 541-524-9411 ~~ fax 775-249-8754
email: hofferber@webcom.com or michael@outriderbooks.com

Writer ~ Editor ~ Educator ~ Presenter ~ Performer
Marketing and Public Relations

Experience ~ Education ~ Awards/Appointments ~ Clients ~ Credits ~ References
Professional Profile
  • Veteran writer and editor with a diverse array of creative interests and accomplishments.
  • Effective presenter, teacher and performer with exceptional public speaking skills.
  • Innovative marketing and public relations professional.
Experience and Accomplishments in Writing, Editing, Publishing
  • Awarded a federal contract to research and write interpretive programs and prepare interpretive handouts for the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City, Oregon.
  • Authored scripts and speeches for history-based programs presented at conventions, meetings, theaters, museums and county fairs by Historic Speakers Bureau.
  • Author of the Environmental Impact Statement for Galena Lodge, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho.
  • Published a book-length collection of columns and essays on rural life issues, titled Rural Delivery.
  • Copywriter for ten consecutive annual reports of Galena Lodge and the North Valley Trails for Blaine County Recreation District, Hailey, Idaho.
  • Columnist for The Capital Press newspaper, writing a bi-weekly column on rural life issues, titled "Outrider," since 1992.
  • Resident science writer at University of Idaho, covering research in colleges of agriculture, arts & sciences, engineering, forestry, mines & earth resources.
  • Freelance journalist/writer specializing in coverage of science, environment and natural history issues for dozens of national magazines and newspapers.
  • Author of "Book Notes Wild" book review column in the literary journal, The Snowy Egret.
  • Author of successful grant applications for the Kansas ARC, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Blaine County Recreation District, Southern Idaho Solid Waste and the Crossroads Center for the Creative & Performing Arts. 
  • Editor of revised edition of The Book of Bests, published by Andrews & McMeel.
  • Senior editor of a consumer newsletter based in Manhattan, The Best Report, supervising staff writers and field editors, editing, fact-checking, proofing and writing.
  • Author of "Country Living" chapter in The Expert's Book of Hints, Tips & Evervday Wisdom, published by Rodale Press.
  • Author of “The Practice of Country Politics” in American Government: Readings from Across Society, published by Longman.
  • Author of 80th anniversary history of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Designed, created and edited new monthly faculty/staff newsletter for University of Idaho employees entitled "Inside Idaho."
  • Created and published monthly newsletter on regional live stage entertainment, The Northwest Stage.
Experience and Accomplishments as an Educator, Presenter and Performer
  • Performed in historic interpretation roles recreating significant scientific, literary and political figures of the 19th century through Historic Speakers Bureau, Baker City, Oregon.
  • Delivered speeches, led workshops, created education materials, and delivered classroom presentations on recycling for Southern Idaho Solid Waste.
  • Taught class on writing for publication, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
  • Taught class on comedy acting for kids, Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Baker City, Oregon.
  • Made numerous public presentations on arts and recreation programming for the developmentally disabled throughout the state of Kansas and at out-of-state meetings as Special Projects Coordinator for Kansas ARC, Merriam, Kansas.
  • Developed unique and innovative arts and recreation programs for developmentally disabled citizens of Kansas -- including Tennis Tour, Rodeo, and Performing Arts Competition -- as Special Projects Coordinator for Kansas ARC, Merriam, Kansas.
  • Conceived, organized and promoted nationwide playwrighting competition for full-length plays on the subject of developmental disabilities for Kansas ARC, culminating with a staged production of the winning script -- "Take a Card, Any Card" -- at Kansas State University.
  • Performed professionally as an actor with Idaho Public Theatre, Boise, Idaho.
Experience and Accomplishments in Marketing and Public Relations
  • Created, developed, and maintained Farmer's Market Online email newsletter and website as a specialty niche platform for producers selling their goods direct to the consumer; currently serving more than 200 vendors and attracting nearly 2,000 unique visitors daily. Responsible for all aspects of the business, including HTML page design, graphics, web content, copywriting, style sheets, sales and promotion.
  • Produced, edited and distributed educational video programs and public service announcements promoting recycling and composting for Southern Idaho Solid Waste District.
  • Developed and managed unique online "Southern Idaho Waste Exchange" for Southern Idaho Solide Waste District to encourage re-use of materials that might otherwise be landfilled.
  • Directed marketing campaign that resurrected University of Idaho’s summer theatre program as Idaho Repertory Theatre in 1983-84 and dramatically increased community support and box office revenues. Supervised community-based volunteer group (Community Associates for Summer Theatre) which held fund-raising activities, sponsored special events and sold season tickets, Moscow, Idaho..
  • Planned, developed and successfully implemented public information programs for employers and clients, including Southern Idaho Solid Waste District, National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Blaine County Recreation District, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Kansas Association for Retarded Citizens, and University of Idaho.
  • Consulted on the design and organization of content for the website of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Developed, designed and maintained website for the Association of Idaho Recyclers to market and promote the organization, Boise, Idaho.
  • Designed and maintained "Farm to Fork Exchange" website to promote sustainable agriculture for Idaho Rural Council, Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • Researched, drafted, edited and/or distributed news releases for employers and clients.
  • Produced, coordinated and distributed 45 rpm record to radio stations in the state of Kansas featuring original songs about opportunities for developmentally disabled citizens performed by recording artist Fletcher Foster.
  • Supervised statewide network of community volunteers in development of local arts and recreation programs for developmentally disabled individuals in Kansas.
Chronology of Experience
  • Creative Director, Historic Speakers Bureau, Baker City, Oregon. August 2005 to present.
  • Administrative Director and Grant Writer, Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Baker City, Oregon. March 2003 to September 2003.
  • Community Educator/Recycling Coordinator, Southern Idaho Solid Waste, Burley, Idaho. October 1996 to March 2003.
  • Internet Marketing Director/Web Content Writer and Editor, Farmer's Market Online, Shoshone, Idaho, and Baker City, Oregon. June 1994 to present.
  • Columnist and Correspondent, The Capital Press, Bellevue, Idaho and Baker City, Oregon. January 1992 to present.
  • Writer and Editor, Outrider News Service, Ketchum, Idaho and Baker City, Oregon. April 1991 to present.
  • Reporter, Wood River Journal, Hailey, Idaho. September 1989 to April 1991.
  • Sports Editor, Central Oregonian, Prineville, Oregon. July 1988 to August 1989.
  • Freelance Travel/Science Writer, New York, New York and Seattle, Washington. May 1986 to August 1988.
  • Senior Editor, The Best Report, New York, New York. October 1984 to May 1986.
  • Marketing Director, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Moscow, Idaho. June 1984 to September 1984.
  • Editor, Moscow Magazine, Moscow, Idaho. January 1984 to September 1984.
  • Arts Columnist and Critic, Lewiston Morning Tribune, January 1982 to May 1984
  • Communications Specialist/Science Writer, University of Idaho News Bureau, Moscow, Idaho. October 1981 to January 1984.
  • Sports Editor/News Editor, Tillamook Headlight-Herald, Tillamook, Oregon. August 1980 to October 1981.
  • Special Projects Coordinator, Kansas ARC, Merriam, Kansas. October 1978 to July 1980.
  • Project Coordinator, Idaho Public Theatre, Boise, Idaho. October 1977 to September 1978.
  • Graduated with Honors from Boise State University in 1978 with a Bachelors Degree in Communications with an English emphasis.
  • Completed British Theatre Association Summer Training Program in Cheltenham, England, 1977.
System Proficiencies
  • Experienced with Macintosh and Windows-based computer environments.
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledgable and experienced in the use of HTML, Nvu, FrontPage, Dreamweaver and other Web technologies to create and edit Web pages. 
  • Experienced with desktop publishing software programs, including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 
  • Able and willing to learn new software to complete assignments as needed. 
  • Knowledge of publishing techniques, including the editorial, graphic design and printing/production aspects of publishing.
Awards, Appointments and Elective Office
  • Precinct Committeeman, 2004, Baker County, Oregon. 
  • Bronze Award, 1999. Recycling Program. Solid Waste Association of North America .
  • City Councilman, 1992-1993, Bellevue, Idaho.
  • Beyond War Award, Environmental Journalism, 1991.
  • Excellence in Journalism 1990. First Place, Second Place in General Columns. Second Place in Feature Writing.  Society of Professional Journalists. 
Freelance Clients
  • American Forests Magazine
  • America West Airlines Magazine
  • Amtrak Express
  • Arizona Highways
  • Back Stage
  • Blaine County Recreation District
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • California Highway Patrolman Magazine
  • Capper's
  • Career World
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Country America Magazine
  • Country Fold Art Magazine
  • Country Journal
  • Dramatics
  • Earth Magazine
  • Emergency Magazine
  • Empire Magazine (Denver Post)
  • Family Fun Magazine
  • Farm Times
  • Ford Times
  • Grit
  • Heartland USA
  • High Country News
  • Idaho Grain Magazine
  • Idaho Rural Council
  • Kiwanis Magazine
  • Learning Magazine
  • Magic Valley Regional Medical Center
  • Maine Organic Farmers & Gardener
  • Men's Fitness
  • Modern Maturity
  • Montana Magazine
  • MotorHome Magazine
  • New York Daily News
  • Northwest Magazine (Oregonian)
  • Outside Magazine
  • Out West
  • Pacific Northwest Magazine
  • Performance Magazine
  • Puget Sound Computer User
  • Reptiles
  • Seattle Weekly
  • Small Farm Today
  • The Bloomsbury Review
  • The Capital Press
  • The Office
  • True West
  • Twin Falls Times-News 
  • Uncharted
  • USAir Magazine
  • Western Horseman
  • Westways
  • Wildfire
  • Wild West
  • Wyoming Rural Electric News
Publication Credits (incomplete)
  • As a correspondent, provided several hundred items of news and feature coverage for Ag Weekly, Backstage, The Capital Press, The Central Oregonian, Eastern Idaho Farmer and Rancher, The Idaho State Journal, Farm Times, High Country News, Performance, Twin Falls Times-News, and the Wood River Journal.
  • "Book Notes Wild" book review column in the literary journal, The Snowy Egret, 1995 to present.
  •  "Outrider" column in the weekly newspaper, The Capital Press, 1992 to present. 
  • "Rural Delivery: Commentaries and Advice on Rural Living," Outrider Books, 2006.
  • "Nature's Hot Tubs," Family Fun Magazine.  August, 2005.
  • “The Practice of Country Politics,” American Government: Readings from Across Society, Longman, 2001.
  • "These Boots That Do The Talkin'," The Rose & Thorn Ezine.  Winter 2000.
  • Book Reviews: Pizzette, Creole Flavors, The Herbal Grove, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardener, November/December, 1993.
  • "Hitched to History," Country Folk Art, January, 1996.
  • "Century-Old Barn Finds Modern Use as Christmas Craft Store," Capper's, December 5, 1995.
  • Book Review: Chiefs, Agents and Soliders, Wild West, August, 1995.
  • "Back in the Swing of Thrings," Grit, July 2, 1995.
  • "Tracking Your Genes," MotorHome, June, 1995.
  • "Cabin Fever," Country America, May, 1995.
  • "The World in Jars," Grit, April 23, 1995.
  • "The Practice of Country Politics," Country Journal, March/April, 1995.
  • "My Three Sons -- Lanting Enterprises," Idaho Grain, Spring 1995.
  • "Ride 'Em, Cowboy," Grit, January 29, 1995.
  • "These Boots, They Do The Talkin'," California Highway Patrolman Magazine, January, 1995.
  • "Farewell to Frogs," Reptiles, January, 1995.
  • "Reindeer Ranch Owner Sees Christmastime Opportunities," Farm Times, December, 1994.
  • "Yellowstone Fires Produce Trees, Not Meadows," High Country News, October 17, 1994.
  • "Great White Guardians," Farm Times, September, 1994.
  • "Talking with Two of the 2 Percent," Idaho Grain, Fall 1994.
  • "Hog Farmer Fights Bugs With Bugs," Farm Times, September, 1994.
  • "Heritage is Cash Crop for This Idaho Farm," Grit, July 17, 1994.
  • Book Review: Thomas Moran and the Surveying of the American West, Wild West, June, 1994
  • "Master Classes," MotorHome, May, 1994.
  • "Idaho Ranchers Welcome New Alpaca Babies," Capper's, April 26, 1994.
  • "Recycling Contraption Turns Tires Into Water Tanks," Capper's, March 1, 1994.
  • "Whey Out Soil Support," Small Farm Today, February, 1994
  • Book Review: The New Catastrophism, Earth Magazine, January, 1994.
  • Book Review: The Perfect Potato, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardener, November/December, 1993.
  • "Cajun Country," Heartland USA, Autumn, 1993.
  • Book Review: Let Me Be Free, The Bloomsbury Review, May/June, 1993.
  • "Ice Age Post Cards," Heartland USA, Summer, 1993.
  • "Some Say It's The Best Part of the Day," Wyoming Rural Electric News, July, 1992.
  • Book Review: Crane Music, The Bloomsbury Review, March, 1992.
  • Book Review: Building Idaho, The Bloomsbury Review, December, 1991.
  • "The Eyes of David Butterfield," Uncharted, Summer 1991
  • Book Review: Einstein's Moon, The Bloomsbury Review, June, 1991.
  • Book Review: Entering the Grove, The Bloomsbury Review, April/May, 1991.
  • "Gold Dust in the Footlights," True West, August, 1989.
  • "Hooks, Lines & Sinkers," MD Magazine, August, 1989.
  • "Adventures With Maps," Learning, July/August, 1989.
  • "Paint By Numbers," USAir Mgazine, July, 1989.
  • "Raptor's Roost," America West Airlines Magazine, May, 1989.
  • "Garnet Queen of Emerald Creek," Modern Maturity, April-May, 1989.
  • "A New Focus in Contact Lenses," Men's Fitness, April, 1989.
  • "Quick Draw Millionaire," USAir Mgazine, April, 1989
  • "Boise Believer," America West Airlines Magazine, March, 1989.
  • "Advances in Database Management Systems," The Office, February, 1989.
  • "Exploring Off the Beaten Path," Montana Magazine, January/February, 1989.
  • "Hippie Reforesters," Seattle Weekly, December 7, 1988.
  • "Dukes of Haz Mat," Emergency, December, 1988.
  • "Terminal Attraction," America West Airlines Magazine, October, 1988.
  • "Thinking Runners Set Their Course for Orienteering Meets," Chicago Tribune, September 25, 1988.
  • "Off the Beaten Path," Northwest Magazine, July 31, 1988.
  • "Leasing: An Alternative To Equipment Purchasing," The Office, July, 1988.
  • "Riding High," Ford Times, July, 1988.
  • "Hoedadders East & West," American Forests, May/June, 1988
  • "Sport's Path to Orienteering," Kiwanis Magazine, May, 1988.
  • "Close-Up on Film Schools," Dramatics, May, 1988.
  • "Class Action," New York Daily News, May 1, 1988.
  • "Host of Festivals Shows America's Love of Shakespeare," Chicago Tribune, May 1, 1988.
  • "The Electronic Paintbrush," Northwest Magazine, April 10, 1988.
  • "Fast Trackers," Modern Maturity, April-May, 1988
  • "Word Processing," The Office, April, 1988. 
  • "The New Generation of Acting Teachers," Dramatics, April, 1988.
  • "Assessing Risks," Puget Sound Computer User, March, 1988.
  • "Sneak Preview: Filmmakers of the 21st Century," Back Stage, February 12, 1988.
  • "Nature's Museums," Modern Maturity, February-March, 1988
  • "Going to Extremes," America West Airlines Magazine, February, 1988.
  • "The Desktop Options for Integrating Voice and Data," The Office, February, 1988. 
  • "Dukes of HazMat," Emergency, December, 1988.
  • "Future Shock," America West Airlines Magazine, July, 1987
  • "Tide Rises on Cruise Entertainment," Back Stage, June 26, 1987
  • "From Fiery Volcano to Indigo Lake," New York Daily News, June 14, 1987
  • "Lava Watch," America West Airlines Magazine, June, 1987
  • "Vocal Tune-Ups," Back Stage, May 29, 1987.
  • "Rising to the Bait," Northwest Magazine, May 17, 1987.
  • "The Lure of Vintage Tackle," Kiwanis Magazine, April, 1987.
  • "Digital Paint Systems for Presentation Graphics," The Office, March, 1987.
  • "Special Places: Craters of the Moon," Outside, March, 1987.
  • "A Well-Rounded Barn," Country Journal, February, 1987.
  • "All's Well in Ashland," Friendly Exchange, February, 1987.
  • "Actors in Motion," Dramatics, January, 1987.
  • "The Book of Bests," (editor) published by Andrews, McMeel & Parker, 1986.
  • "From Here to Celebrity," Northwest Magazine, June 30, 1985.
  • "The Acting Company Winds Down 13th Season," Back Stage, May 17, 1985.
  • "Mount Shasta's Big Slide," California Highway Patrolman, April, 1985.
  • "So You Want to Be a Star?" Career World, March, 1985.
  • "Just for Kids," Stamp Collector, December 3, 1984.
  • "Prince of Dune," Northwest Magazine, December 2, 1984.
  • Gary Koy
    Former Assistant Director
    National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
    (541) 523-1827


as of June 8: BLM, Elko Field Office, 3900 E. Idaho St., Elko NV 89801

Mr.Koy was the supervisor for a contract I was awarded for interpretive writing and performances at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in 2006.

  • Terry Schultz
    Executive Director
    Southern Idaho Solid Waste
    (208) 432-9082
    I worked with Mr. Schultz for 6 years as recycling coordinator and community educator, making presentations, handling media contacts, overseeing public relations, writing reports, developing and maintaining website, assisting with grants, etc.
  • Shelly Preston
    Trails Director
    Blaine County Recreation District
    (208) 788-2117
    I worked with Ms. Preston as a private contractor on numerous projects over a 10-year period, including copywriting for annual reports and histories, grant writing, and a composing a Forest Service Master Plan for the Galena Lodge ski resort.
  • Monie Smith
    Public Information Officer
    South Central District Health
    (208) 737-5978
    I was hired as a private contractor by Ms. Smith when she was a public information officer for Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, writing an institutional history for the hospital's 75th anniversary and consulting on the development of the hospital's website.
  • Carl Sampson
    Managing Editor
    The Capital Press
    (503) 364-4431
    I worked for The Capital Press as a freelance regional correspondent in southern Idaho from 1992-1999 and have contributed a bi-weekly column on rural life to the newspaper since 1992. Most of the editorial staff has changed since I started working for the newspaper. Carl Sampson joined the newspaper just a couple years ago, but should be familiar with my column.
  • Karl Barnebey
    Snowy Egret
    Indiana State University
    Karl Barnebey recruited me in 1995 to write a book review column for Snowy Egret, a literary journal of  nature writing. I have contributed bi-annual columns under the "Book Notes Wild" title ever since.