News From The American Redoubt:

Idaho man finds rare giant earthworm species. – RBS

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Dead whistle pig tests positive for the plague. – RBS

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I’m kind of scratching my head over this job posting: Sales Associate – Full Time – RadioShack.

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It’s Memorial Day And More Oregon Gun Bills are on the Horizon…

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A well-known member of the gun community has passed away. Mike Buckner, formerly of Vale, Oregon and most recently French Glen, Oregon, passed away at a hospital in Bend, Oregon following a surgical procedure associated with his descending aorta and some cardiac vessels. His surgery ended up lasting about 14 hours, which was not a good sign for big man like Mike. Mike passed onto his maker last night around midnight. Two of his best friends were in Bend to support him in the surgery.

Mike was known on Facebook as Mike Mabe, most likely a totally fictitious name but never the less the name by which many knew him.

Mike was a rather jolly good humored fellow who was known in many circles in addition to firearms. He made replicas of antique firearms for use in western reenactments. He worked with youth in hunters safety. He was involved with the Vale ambulance service. He repaired saddles, harnesses, and other livestock tack. He ran a retail establishment in Vale where he was a leading retailer of hobby crafts goods made at the Snake River Correctional Facility in Ontario in addition to antiques and collectibles. Just last year he moved that business to French Glen. He also ran a western chuck wagon that served up delicious dinners at shooting events and other venues. He was probably best known in the local motorcycle community. He was also known to canoe the local rivers. Mike will be missed by those in several circles.

This is a preliminary and unofficial notice from his friends to his many other friends known and unknown. Please pass the word onto others.

Several memorial activities are being planned and will be announced.