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 right to open carry in the American Redoubt. (See the Eastern Washington section.)


Yet again, the American Redoubt region shines: Map of U.S. Murder Rates, By County.  Here is a quote from the article: “One should not put much weight on this purely ‘cross-sectional’ evidence over one point in time and many factors determine murder rates, but it is still interesting to note that so much of the country has both very high gun ownership rates and zero murders.”

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Finally, after several years, I finally have a demographic map where the Redoubt region did not fare well: Mapping The Tsunami Of Suicides Across America. (Thanks to T.Z. for the link.)



A well-established car parts dealership in Orofino, Idaho has expanded their line to include many guns and gun parts: Olive’s Auto Parts.  One customer that I know who lives near Orofino quipped that they should change their name to Olive’s Semi-Auto Parts! Phone: (208) 476-5576

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Boar’s Head Highland Butchery, in Weippe, Idaho has seen great growth in their business. They now have a mobile slaughter truck and trailer. Their clientele has expanded to include regular customers in Clearwater County, Lewis County, Nez Perce County, Latah County, and Idaho County. They cut and trim meats just like you get from your  local grocery store. Get your cattle and hogs in before the fall rush!  Phone: (208) 435-4900



Kalispell Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Illegal Handgun Exports

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Whitehall museum to reopen; Bill Pullman, ‘Lefty Brown’ director helped raise funds for upgrades

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Wolfdog, direwolf or dogman? Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in Montana

Here is another article about the incident: Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton


Eastern Oregon

Here is one of the largest gun stores in Eastern Oregon, in business for 70 years: The Outdoorsman, Ontario Oregon. Phone: (541) 889-3135

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Gun ownership in Oregon. The divide between the urban northwest and the rest of the state is stark!


Eastern Washington (Open Carry)

Here is a newspaper article written from a typical Statist perspective: Exercising rights vs. creating fear. Take note of how for every line where they acknowledge that open carry is a right, that they also add multiple caveats and implications that doing so is somehow a sign of ill intent or perhaps mental imbalance. Why do they mention the Washington illegalities of carrying a weapon in a school or on public transportation “in an attempt to intimidate” when neither was an issue in the incidents cited?  Obviously, it was to reinforce the Statist mindset and public paranoia about guns.

Also note that the reporter mentioned that two officers (presumably both armed and wearing body armor) “…spoke to the man at length, acknowledging his right to openly carry a firearm, but asking him to be more discreet.”  Why didn’t they simply ask him if everything was well and and wish him a nice day?  Instead, they were most likely extrajurisdictionally detaining him, fishing for something which they could charge him with, sizing him up for a possible psychiatric hold, and/or intimidating him into only concealed carry.

If you are ever contacted by police for simply carrying openly, then I recommend that you immediately say: “All is well, officer. I’m not intimidating anyone. I’m merely exercising my right to bear arms.” Then pointedly ask: “Am I, or am I not being detained?” If the answer is no, then state: “Have a nice a day!” And then immediately go on your way. Do not linger and debate an officer. Don’t play into their intent to conduct a fishing expedition. If they lack probable cause that they can clearly articulate, then you cannot be detained!



I was recently reminded of company that I haven’t mentioned in SurvivalBlog in nearly 10 years:  Hi-Mountain Seasonings, in Riverton, Wyoming. Among many other products, they are best known for their fantastic jerky cure. They presently offer free shipping on orders over $50.  Phone: (800) 829-2285  or (307) 856-6657.

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Amid debate, Wyoming approves grizzly hunt

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Security troops at Wyoming’s F.E. Warren nuclear missile base used LSD


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One Comment

  1. re; tsunami of suicides
    There is a disturbing number of bill boards throughout Montana warning about meth use.
    Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of drug use in rural areas (not just MT) , which probably leads to higher suicide rates.
    In my opinion I would blame it on, high unemployment, low prospects, rampant welfare, and a general cultural acceptance of the “sex, drugs and rockin’ roll” life style.
    As an aside, its a well known fact that there is a lot of crime and drug/alcohol use on the reservations. You want to destroy a people? Just give them welfare for the rest of their lives.
    another example – when the Smurfit-Stone cardboard plant closed, west of Missoula, about 400 people lost their jobs… very well paid jobs… it had been in operation since 1957, and closed in 2011… a company came in and ripped out all the copper and stainless steel leaving the place looking like it was bombed from the air. They claimed they were going to create an “industrial park,” instead they squeezed every last drop of blood from that turnip and then failed to pay their taxes. Over the last 20 years the Eco-nuts did a great job of destroying as many resource extraction jobs as they could (lumber, coal). Now the best paid jobs are unproductive government jobs, and the land is increasingly owned by rich retired Californians and New Yorkers. Many that were born there can’t afford to buy a home. And this is how the Liberal elites like it… a few super rich running things, served by a massive poor underclass. For many of those that can’t leave, life looks pretty bleak.

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