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. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on Guardian Security Structures of Montana. (See the Montana section.)


This may sound repetitive, but… Once again, most of the Redoubt States rank well: The Most (and Least) Healthy States in America. (A hat tip to T.Z. for the link.)



The left of center Spokesman-Review (of Spokane) reports: Idaho’s PERSI the ‘envy’ of most other state pension plans. JWR’s Comments: Yes, Idaho presently has one of the nation’s best-funded pension plans. But part of that is because of the current stock market bubble. The rest of their success can be attributed to their proving only modest and realistic benefits to state employees. Thankfully, most of the Redoubt States don’t have pension plans for their legislators (unlike California.) For most Idahoans, serving as a legislator is not a career. Their annual stipend barely covers their expenses for the short legislative sessions. I believe that they have the right perspective: It is just a part-time bit of statesmanship, not a career with a pension!

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Idaho to send 250 inmates to Texas


I heard about a Montana-based company that sells some great high security doors and locks: Guardian Security Structures. They sell safe room doors, blast-resistant doors, bullet resistant doors, and a very clever weapons mount system that attaches to the inside of a vault door.  Be sure to visit their web site.

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For anyone wondering why the Redoubt states have such poor ratings for “highway safety”, there is this video from up in Montana. Oh, and the fact that there are long commute distances for some workers, and  80 mile per hour speed limits, on some highways.

Eastern Oregon

Family farm in Milton-Freewater wiped out by flood. The article begins: “The North Fork of the Walla Walla River is flowing through Ginger and Brian Afdahl’s property, but government regulations won’t allow them to push it back to its original channel.”

Eastern Washington

Not all statistics on Redoubt locales are positive:  Study Ranks Spokane as Divorce Capitol of U.S.

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Chewelah, Washington: Decades of injury-free skiing come to end for 49 Degrees North patrol director in nasty accident.


Some pretty road trip scenery: Route from Cody, Wyoming to Yellowstone in 13 minutes. (Filmed in May, 2017.)


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