SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest or the Inland Empire. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the Redoubt region. Today, we focus on Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille. (See the Idaho section.)


I often recommend getting the LBRY app. With LBRY, I recently uploaded a German television news segment  (in German) from GALILEO TV: Zu Besuch bei den Preppern in Idaho.  (“Visiting the Preppers in Idaho”.) It mentions the “American Redoubt Zone” several times. Note that it has German narration and overdubbing. This news segment features interviews with Idaho real estate agent Chris Walsh and entrepreneur John Adrain — the inventor of the Bed Bunker gun vault. Also, briefly, they interviewed Kurt Wilson of Survival Enterprises, In Hayden, Idaho. To view the news segment: With the LBRY app running, click on “Discover” and then type “Idaho Preppers” in the search box.

Here is the literal address, if you have the app:

Or, via the LBRY web site:

Note: This segment is not available on YouTube.

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Some great footage of eastern Washington and north Idaho from 1955: Historic Washington: Inland Empire of the Northwest

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The Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club is continuing its tradition, since 1956.


Summer activities on and around Lake Pend Oreille.

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Best Northwest Lake Getaways: Lake Pend Oreille

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Campgrounds around Lake Pend Oreille

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Lake Pend Oreille Cruises


The free admission Montana Folk Festival in “Uptown” Butte will have six concert stages. There will be folk musicians from around the world: Irish, Belizean, traditional Italian, Himilayan, Caribbean, Crimean, bluegrass, old-time fiddle, Cuban, Cajun, and even Iraqi. The festival will be held July 12-14, 2019.

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This year, for the first time, is the Under the Big Sky Festival. It will be held at Big Mountain Ranch east of Whitefish. July 13-14, 2019. The musical lineup includes:  Band of Horses, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Cody Jinks, Elle King, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Bingham, and Dwight Yoakam.

Eastern Oregon

The Pendleton Whisky Music Fest is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th, 2019.

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The Athena Caledonian Games will be held July 13-14, 2019

Eastern Washington

The Watershed Music Festival will be held at The Gorge Amphitheater, in George, Washington August 1st-3rd, 2019.

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2 Richland homes, 9 vehicles damaged by fireworks-suspected blazes. Crews still on ‘high alert’

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State courts side with Spokane River advocates on summer minimum flow levels, protecting recreational use.


The world’s largest rodeo will be held at Cheyenne Frontier Days, July 19-28. In addition to the rodeo itself, there are several concerts scheduled, and an aerobatic flight demonstration by the USAF Thunderbirds.

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Yellowstone Bison Join Wyoming’s Wind River Herd. Here is a snippet:

“Five genetically pure Yellowstone National Park bison have been delivered to Wyoming’s Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the bison joined the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s growing herd on about 300 acres near Morton on Wednesday night. The new herd members were supposed to arrive this spring and then last Sunday, but poor weather postponed the previously scheduled releases.

The bison were trucked to Wyoming from Montana’s Fort Peck Indian Reservation, marking the first tribe-to-tribe transfer as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Tribal Partnerships Program. The Wyoming herd now includes 33 genetically pure bison.”

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