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SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. [1] We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on the company Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. [2] (ASU), in Idaho.


North American Van Lines has released their latest U.S. internal migration map. [3]  This is more confirmation on the demographic changes that we’ve been mentioning in the blog for several years. Increasingly, Americans are voting with their feet!

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Westward bound! More and more Americans are leaving the East Coast and heading west because it’s ‘cheaper, warmer and easier to find a job’ [4]

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Reader Chris F. sent a link to a map showing which States have no toll roads, bridges, or tunnels [5]. Tolls are just another form of taxation. Clearly, toll rates are continuing to increase.  (For example, getting across the Verrazano Narrows Bridge now costs $15!) But it is no great surprise that the entire American Redoubt region is “toll free.”  (The map doesn’t show–as it should–that there are essentially no tolls in Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon.)  In the Redoubt, only true excursions (such as a jet boat ride down Hell’s Canyon) come with a toll.

Idaho (Aviation Specialties Unlimited)

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) [2] a is company that specializes in night vision equipment. They are located in Boise, Idaho.  Take a look at their web site. They make and/or market night vision googles (primarily for aviation), weapons sights, laser aiming lights, spotting scopes, parts, mounts, and accessories. ASU has the best variety of NVG helmet and head mounts that I’ve seen offered anywhere.

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Making some summer plans? Mark your calendar for June 29, 2018 – June 30, 2018. The Salmon Ready Preparedness Fair [6] will be held at the Sacajawea Center, in Salmon, Idaho.


Part of a nationwide trend: Flu kills 12 people in Montana, continues to spread [7]

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Recent storm pushes Western Montana snowpack past normal [8]

Eastern Oregon

Any of you M1 Garand diehards out there should check out a small mailorder company located in Sisters, Oregon.  (A town at the western edge of The American Redoubt.) The company:  Ironsman.com [9].  They make top quality leather belt pouches and stock pouches that hold loaded M1 Garand 8-round clips.

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The Northwest’s ready availability of inexpensive hydroelectric power scores again: Port of Umatilla hears early discussion of new data centers [10]

Eastern Washington

Readers in the Spokane area should visit the Mountain Shadow Arms guns and gunsmithing shop [11]. They are a full-service gunsmithing business. They service, repair, and modify all types of rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Mountain Shadow Arms also stocks quality firearms, scopes, reloading  tools and components, ammunition, and accessories. These include: Remington, Winchester, Ruger, Sig-Sauer, FN Herstal, CZ, Mossberg, Savage, Marlin, New England Firearms, Benelli, Browning, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Taurus, Leupold, Burris, NightForce, Tasco, Bushnell, Outdoor Edge, X-Caliber Grips, Berger Bullets, Crimson Trace, Stag Arms, Hornady, RCBS, Sierra, CCI, and more.

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Spokane County drops rape charges against all members of Polish death metal band Decapitated [12]



Wyoming considers doubling state park in Bighorns [13]


Send Your News Tips

Please send your American Redoubt region news tips and event announcements to JWR [14]. You can do so either via e-mail or via our Contact [15] form.


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#1 Comment By Scott in Atlanta On January 16, 2018 @ 6:22 pm

The internal migration map is the most dire of news for red states. I live in Georgia, where the liberals are fleeing their Marxist Utopias in droves. Paradoxically, they bring the same mindsets that decimated their states to Georgia, voting for liberal Democrats who vow to destroy conservative principles and values – lower taxes, the 2nd Amendment, harsh penalties for violent criminals, low tolerance for illegal immigration, etc. – once elected. This guarantees that the solid red states will slowly shift to purple, then blue (joining the states these liberals abandoned that are already 100% locked as blue), eventually assuring that the country will once again be controlled by the very Democrats who stand ready to deprive us of our liberties. I see this happening in Georgia every day, as more and more liberals are elected and the so-called “conservative” politicians toss their principles overboard in a desperate attempt to appeal to the newcomers’ whims and retain their offices and power. This is a very ominous development, certainly not one to be celebrated.

#2 Comment By JimW On January 16, 2018 @ 8:14 pm

Same thing happens out west. Californians want out of California and then next thing you know they want liberal politicians and HOA/CCRs because that seems much less scary than liberty.

#3 Comment By montanagoose On January 17, 2018 @ 12:47 am

They want HOA/CCRs so they can “vote” themselves as much of your money and your property as they please.

#4 Comment By VT On January 19, 2018 @ 4:38 pm

Two wolves and a sheep vote on whats for lunch

#5 Comment By Fieldmarshelattilahun On January 17, 2018 @ 5:40 am

Scott in Atlanta :
And they do it by lying there collective carcasses off and promising everything under the sun will be FREE!
NEWS FLASH PEOPLE, NOTHING IS FREE!!! Someone somewhere is paying for it, case in point, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!!! Just ask any former active duty U.S. Military personnel, they will tell you same thing right your face big time. We The People need to be VIGILANT every single day so thing like what is starting to happen in Scott’s neck of the wood does not happen any where else.
Scott, sir, do not dispair. Keep up the good fight so your state does not get worse. Get organized, get involved. get it done YOU CAN DO IT!!!! Hold your conservative republican politicians’ feet to the fire to do things right and to not give in on there principles OR THEIR MORALS!!!!
God Bless You and your endeavors.

#6 Comment By Anonymous On January 16, 2018 @ 7:43 pm

Many Red states need to learn from states like ID and WY that have made super majorities to change Key statues. Washington state has learned the hard way that Californication will happen unless you act preemptively. In the 80s many folks passed up the opportunity to take precautionary measures because they thought it could not happen. Washington has long been a blue state but the blue collar influence has been eroded by the influx. Washington is likely a lost cause. Evidence abounds with the new crop of proposed gun regulation, and rumors that if they fail anti gun initiatives will follow.

#7 Comment By Fieldmarshelattilahun On January 17, 2018 @ 6:04 am

Anonymous :
Look for, dig for it, dig for the evidence of outside agitators like Michael Bloomberg and his ilk!!!! He is the one that got his unholy crew to get the Oregon state legislature to, by way of ramming and lying down our throats, pass the unholy law that We The People can not loan or do private sale, give as gift a firearm without going to a STATE AND/OR FEDERAL REGISTERED firearms seller to do a so-called proper, Invasion of Privacy, background check. Quite possibly making anyone who even loans a friend, for the purpose of hunting or shooting at the local range, a felony criminal!
Do Not let your ” employees ” ram this down your throats without one hell of a fight!!!! Keep up the good fight against TYRANNY!!!! Remember that’s how Hitler took over no just Germany but started WWII, he said in order to control the population you must take away there GUNS!!!! And that is exactly what he did, and by the time anyone figured it out it was to late.
Ladies and Gentlemen this his a HISTORY LESSON which we can not repeat!!!!
We The People should NEVER have to fear our government, but by god they should fear We The People, we are in charge not them!!!!