Where the Hell is Medimont? 

'At this balancing point--this medimont--we are at last at peace with our own mortality'

Marty Peterson, during a November 2011 City Club of Boise event, leaned over to friend and former colleague Chris Carlson (BW, Citizen, "Chris Carlson," Nov. 2, 2011) and asked, "Just where the hell is Medimont?"

Carlson, former newspaper reporter, press secretary to four-term Gov. Cecil Andrus, director of public affairs at the Department of Interior and founder of Gallatin Public Affairs, told Peterson that Medimont was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it town in Kootenai County.

But two years later, Carlson describes his home more poetically.

"It's a state of mind that one comes to terms with as they move through life," he said, adding that "Medimont" literally means, "middle mountain. "At this balancing point--this medimont--we are at last at peace with our own mortality."

Carlson, who penned 2011's Cecil Andrus: Idaho's Greatest Governor, is set to unveil his second book in three years: Medimont Reflections; but this latest effort gives historical perspective to a number of contemporary issues: protection of natural resources, the Second Amendment, the right to life and respect for end-of-life wishes.

Andrus says his former aide is still a firecracker--even though Carlson is battling both Parkinson's disease and a rare form of cancer.

"He especially loves giving the Republicans in Idaho hell for their systematic dismantling of the legacy he helped me to build," said the former governor. "He pleads guilty to being biased, if not outright self-righteous at times."

Carlson's Medimont Reflections, which will hit bookstore shelves in June, takes aim at the GOP and even the Northwest Power Planning Council, to which Carlson was one of the first appointees.

"The [council] has lost whatever usefulness it once had, is no longer coming close to the purpose its proponents originally envisioned, and it should be abolished," writes Carlson.

His book also includes some juicy political gossip, including how the late Frank Church won a 1956 Democratic primary (and ultimate election to the U.S. Senate), when an Elmore County ballot box went missing --Church won the primary by 200 votes. Carlson even writes, "There were more Democratic votes in a key precinct than there were registered voters."

"Some things are best left unsaid, undefined and outside the political arena," writes Carlson.

But Medimont Reflections is almost certain to be Idaho's political read of the summer.

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