Ellis Conklin

Ellis Conklin spent decades as newspaper man, mainly in Los Angeles, Seattle and St. Louis, having worked at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, United Press International as a national feature writer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. At long last, he and his wife settled in Manzanita, Oregon. Here, Ellis continues to root for his beloved San Francisco Giants.

Another One Bites the Dust: Medford Oregon Loses Its Newspaper

What made this particular death unusual was the abruptness of its closure earlier this month – on Friday the 13th, no less.

Stealing Fire from the Literary Heavens: My Day with Ken Kesey

“I call it the Hemingway Hump,” Kesey said with more than a trace of bitterness. “Not many Americans make it over the Hemingway Hump. “You do a certain good thing when you’re young and you don’t make it over that. You go down from that and you glide the rest of the way to the grave.”

Phil Knight’s Folly? Why is a Self-Proclaimed Environmentalist Supporting a Timber Industry Candidate for Oregon Governor?

The $1.75 million he has poured into Betsy Johnson’s campaign is a big number, even for the billionaire Nike founder.

Man Oh Manzanita!

It does seem that everyone has a pandemic story to tell. Now, if you’ll oblige me, it is my turn.

Guns, Guns, Everywhere. And Now Oregon Will Vote on Whether to Limit Them

If passed, the measure will require people to get a permit and pass a background check before buying a gun, and it would prevent the sale of gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

How ‘Neutron Jack’ Welch Unleashed a Cutthroat Era of American Capitalism

Jack Welch's style of business and his proteges are all over The Boeing Company and its woes.

Is There a Future for Moderates?

Democrats, God love ‘em, have lost more than their way.

All for Naught? Nicholas Kristof Talks About His Aborted Run for Oregon Governor

I mean, my God! Kristof knew full well he had not lived in Oregon long enough (one year) to meet the legal requirements to hold office (three years).

The Most Interesting Governor’s Race in the Country This Year?

“I don’t see that any of the candidates are talking substance. Not yet. They are still introducing themselves because, really, none of them are well-known to most Oregonians.”

Idaho-Envy: Inside the Eastern Oregon Movement Yearning to Secede

“What we have here is a battle between traditional values and urban values,” Michael McCarter, president of Citizens for Greater Idaho, told me. “The urbanites don’t have the same attachment to their community."