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 the Idaho primary election returns.


This article is a decade old, but quite informative: Where to Go to See Old Growth Forest in the Inland Northwest

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11 Stunning Places To Visit In The Inland Northwest


Last week’s Idaho primary election returns were mostly positive. But I’ll start with the sad headline at Vox: Brad Little, the establishment pick, wins the Republican primary in Idaho’s governor’s race. The nomination for one of Idaho’s two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, was in a seven-way race. That went to “mainstream” Republican Russ Fulcher. (Many Redoubters had been hoping for a more conservative candidate.)

The better news is that many solid liberty-loving Republicans won in the primary. These include Heather Scott and Vito Barbieri. Also, the Republican dominance in Idaho politics seems more solid than ever. In most cases the Democrats are going through the motions of selecting candidates, but they have little chance of winning.  Thankfully, most Idahoans can see through the Democrat rhetoric, and want nothing of their Big Government/Nanny State plans.

The other good news is that Bonner County Idaho voters voted against proceeding with the proposed establishment of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area. That was a wise a wise decision, but don’t be surprised if the The Powers That Be over-ride the clear will of the electorate. At this point, what is needed is a corresponding vote by the residents of Montana on the east side of the proposed wilderness. Hopefully, that will make it abundantly clear that the whole scheme is a bad idea.

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Pocatello: Second mountain lion spotted on ISU campus in one week


Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 to 1987 Superman movie series died last week at her home near Livingston, Montana, at age 69. She was a long-time resident of Montana.

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A reminder: The Helena Gun Show will be held the first weekend of June. JWR plans to be visiting the state and will have three tables at this show on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd, 2018.

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The owners of Kestrel Van Concepts, in Montana, were recently profiled in The Flathead Beacon: A Van of Adventure.


Eastern Oregon

East-West divide exists within Republican party, too

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McDaniel defends DA title


Eastern Washington

Town of Cusick prepares for the worst: Experts urging people to prepare for more flooding

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Search and Rescue teams locate lost hikers near Liberty Lake Regional Park



Struggle over Yellowstone National Park landmark names continues

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Wyoming Governor Candidates Grilled on Economic Proposals


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  1. Re: Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. I am in favor of it. It will most likely result in the land being preserved and the surrounding area becoming more attractive over time. Unique and valuable wilderness areas should be preserved and still remain accessible to the public. It is “our” land and not just the land of the 10,000 or so people who voted on it. I might also point out that it was a close vote. Almost as many people voted for it.

    1. Anon you are wrong. There is already too much land locked away in “public hands” especially out west. This land will be used by NO ONE once it is locked away. There is no provision in the Constitution for declaring that land is to be STOLEN by the government. Who better to decide what is to happen to their community, than the 10,000 people you so easily cast aside. Let me come into your neighborhood and push you around and see how you like it. Go hug a tree! You are welcomed in Los Angeles.

  2. IMO the vote tally county-by-county just shows how much less conservative Ada county (Boise) is becoming. Soon we’ll be like Texas where the capital has become the most liberal place in the state. Unfortunately for Idahoans the majority of the population lives in Ada county. At least it’s not like Blaine county (Sun Valley, Ketchum) where the majority voted for Obama.

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