Michael Hofferber

Available for both long-term and short-term assignments in the following areas:
Annual Reports
Environmental Impact Statements
Feature Writing
Grant Writing
Historical Interpretation
Institutional Histories
News Releases
Public Speaking
Science Writing
Web Content
Michael Hofferber (dba, Outrider News Service) has been providing expert written communications, public presentations and word-based research for businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and individuals since 1980. From writing reports and editing manuscripts to providing web page content or teaching classes, he delivers timely and accurate results at a reasonable price.

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Outrider News Service
Box 441
Baker City, OR 97814
Phone 541-524-9411
fax 775-249-8754

    Excellence in Journalism 1990. First Place, Second Place in General Columns. Second Place in Feature Writing.  Society of Professional Journalists
     Beyond War Award, Environmental Journalism, 1991.
     Bronze Award, 1999. Recycling Program. Solid Waste Association of North America .

Grant Writing

    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 Creative & Performing Arts

Public Speaking/Performance

     Performed professionally as an actor with Idaho Public Theatre, 1977-78. 
     Made numerous public presentations on arts and recreation programming for the developmentally disabled as Special Projects Coordinator for Kansas ARC 1978-80. 
    Delivered speeches and led workshops on recycling for Southern Idaho Solid Waste, 1996-2003.
    Performed in historical interpretation roles recreating significant scientific, literary and political figures of the 19th century through Historic Speakers Bureau, 2004-6.

Book Editing and Authoring

     Writer and editor of revised edition of The Book of Bests, Andrews & McMeel, 1988.
      Author of "Country Living" chapter in The Expert's Book of Hints, Tips & Evervday Wisdom. Rodale Press, 1993.
     Author of “The Practice of Country Politics” in American Government: Readings from Across Society, Longman, 2001.


    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, Seattle Weekly, Tillamook Headlight-Herald, Twin Falls Times-News, Wood River Journal,  and many other magazines and  newspapers.

Report Writing

     Copywriter for eight consecutive annual reports of Galena Lodge and the North Valley Trails for Blaine County Recreation District, 1996-2004, and author of the Environmental Impact Statement for Galena Lodge, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 2000. 
      Author of 80th anniversary history of the Magic Valley Regional Medical Center, 1998.

Columns and Essays

    Author of "Outrider" column in the weekly newspaper, The Capital Press, and the syndicated "Rural Delivery" column, 1992-present. 
    Author of "Book Notes Wild" book review column in the literary journal, The Snowy Egret, 1995 to present.
    Author of weekly arts column and reviews, Lewiston Morning Tribune, 1982-84.

News Releases

      Researched, drafted, edited and/or distributed news releases for the following organizations: Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Farmer’s Market Online, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Kansas Association for Retarded Citizens, Southern Idaho Solid Waste, University of Idaho.

Science Writing

     Resident science writer at University of Idaho, 1981-84 covering research in colleges of agriculture, arts & sciences, engineering, forestry, mines & earth resources.
     Author of science articles to magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Tribune, Computer Journal, Emergency!, Northwest Magazine, USAir Magazine.


    Provided copywriting services for advertising, brochures, information sheets, flyers, newsletters, signage and other informational materials for the following organizations: Blaine County Recreation District, Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Kansas ARC, National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon Trail Regional Museum, Southern Idaho Solid Waste, University of Idaho.

Publication Editing

     Served as a staff editor for the following publications: (1980-81), Tillamook Headlight HeraldInside Idaho (1981-83), Moscow Magazine (1983-84), The Northwest Stage (1982-84), The Best Report (1984-85), (1988-89), The Central OregonianWood River Journal (1989-90). 


     Author of scripts performed by a small stage theatre company -- Historic Speakers Bureau -- specializing in history-based performances, including Gold Dust in the Footlights, Terror on the Trail, Baby Names and Other Curses and  Arze Bolder -- Backtracker.


Feature Writing

    Author of more than 400 feature articles published in magazines, journals and newspapers, including American West Airlines Magazine, American Forests, Amtrak Express, The Best Report, California Highway Patrolman, Career World, Chicago Tribune, Civil War Times, Country Journal, Dramatics, Exhibit, Family Fun, Dog World, Ford Times, Friendly Exchange, Heartland USA, Idaho Grain, Kiwanis, Men’s Fitness, Modern Maturity, Motorhome, New York Daily News, Northwest, The Office, Outside, Reptiles, Ruralite, Snow Country, Sun Valley Magazine, USAir, Western Horseman, Wild West.

Public Education/Teaching

     Conducted workshops and classes on arts and recreation programming for persons with developmental disabilities for Kansas ARC, 1978-80. 
     Taught class on writing for publication, University of Idaho, 1983.
    Served as Community Educator on recycling programs for Southern Idaho Solid Waste, 1996-2003.
    Taught class on comedy acting for kids, Crossroads Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 2003.

Web Content

      Designed, maintained, consulted on, and/or provided content for the following web pages: