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 small business, Upland Optics. (See the Idaho section.)



Economy could bring 15,000 people to Inland Northwest in 2019

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He’s in a heap -o’-trouble: Lewiston-Spokane Speed Chase.

Here are some more details on the chase and crash: Multiple agencies pursue vehicle in high speed chase through Spokane, Cheney; suspects arrested after crash


Idaho (Upland Optics)

Upland Optics is a company in Boise, Idaho that deserves special mention. They sell their on branded binoculars, spotting scopes, and rangefinders. They cater to hunters, but also get orders from tactical shooters.

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Washington regulators won’t reconsider decision to deny Avista sale to Hydro One. Here is a key quote:

“The UTC initially rejected the sale 12 days earlier on Dec. 5, stating it doesn’t serve the best interest of Avista or customers. Commission members cited Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s politically motivated actions in July led to abruptly remove Hydro One’s chief executive officer and its board of directors. Idaho regulators also blocked the sale, stating last week that the acquisition of Avista by Hydro One would violate a state law that prevents the sale of electric utility assets to an entity that is owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by any other state. Commissioners claimed the definition of “state” included the province of Ontario, which owns 47 percent of Hydro One’s stock.”

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Big changes are coming to Treasure Valley in 2019. Here’s a guide to what you’ll see


Billionaire Texas brothers selling four Montana ranches

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Predicted El Nino weather pattern slowly materializing in Western Montana

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House Republicans reach rules compromise on 2019 Montana Legislature’s opening day



Eastern Oregon

Airbus’ Vahana venture shows off video of its flying car’s first test flight in Oregon

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Sydney Jones will reign over 2019 Round-Up Court


Eastern Washington

No, Spokane doesn’t have the fifth highest homeless population in the country

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Police find bat, not gun, at scene after officer kills man in Spokane



A look ahead: What surprises await in the 2019 Wyoming Legislative session?

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department Announces 2019 Hunting Classes


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