From 2005 Idaho Governor's Proclamation regarding the Award (accessed 09/05/09)
WHEREAS, Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit, community based organization that promotes education and literacy in the community; and
WHEREAS, children need to be encouraged to read and write and be rewarded for their efforts to expand their knowledge and imagination; and
WHEREAS, it is good for the community to have authors, editors, and agents speak to and advise society about mystery writing; and
WHEREAS, Popular Fiction Association of Idaho, Inc. has volunteered to organize the giving of an annual award by the State of Idaho to an author who has significantly contributed to the mystery field; and
WHEREAS, such award shall be named after Idaho’s best selling suspense author, Ridley Pearson and Ridley Pearson has agreed that such an award be named after him; and
WHEREAS, Carolyn Hart is the author of more than thirty-five novels, is a widely acclaimed author of mystery and general fiction, and she has been chosen to be the fifth recipient of The Ridley;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DIRK KEMPTHORNE, Governor of the State of Idaho, do hereby proclaim that THE RIDLEY be given annually to a writer who has significantly contributed to the mystery field and that the fifth recipient of "The Ridley" be Carolyn Hart on June 11th, 2005, at Boise's annual mystery conference, Murder in the Grove.