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. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the American Redoubt region. Today, we focus on a grizzlies court ruling (see the Wyoming section) and the aircraft collection of Jim Smith. (See the Montana section.)


US gives initial okay to predator-killing sodium cyanide

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Man sentenced for violent rampage called ‘the face of methamphetamine’ by judge

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Idaho Judge in 16-Year-Old Medical Kidnap Case Orders Video and Picture of Doctor Removed from as Cell Phones of Supporters are Confiscated


Via our comments section,  reader “Tunnel Rabbit’  sent us a link to a video that showcases the amazing private aircraft collection at the Stonehenge Museum, assembled by inventor and entrepreneur Jim Smith, near Eureka, Montana: Jim’s Smith’s Airplanes.

Tunnel Rabbit’s Comments: “Here is a mostly unknown private air museum, and airport large enough for jet aircraft. There are also lakes, and an 18 hole world-class golf course, and replica of Stonehenge at his Crystal Lakes Estate. It is worse than a sand trap. It is a Jay Leno class collection of flying aircraft that Jim Smith personally flew in. However, some of his staff can also fly these planes. There are also several hangers, and aircraft not in the museum, and not on this video. The museum is open to the public, yet traffic is almost nonexistent, and tours are guided, so it is virtually a private tour for 10 bucks, complete with golf carts. It is located just few miles south of Eureka, Montana on Hwy 93, at Crystal Lakes.

It might be of interest that Jim Smith also has a sense of humor, as well as a sense of community, and removed [part of] the ‘U’ from the decals of a former U.S. AIR FORCE jet, and replaced it with a ‘J’, so that it reads, J.S. AIR FORCE. [Seen on the T-33 at the 3:20 mark.] Hey, it is legal! Not seen in the video is a DC-3 in OD green.

If you visit, be careful not to trip over the various spare jet engines laying around on the floor. And even if you do not like planes, the music in the video is a Bach fugue, with an awesome Trumpet in A. It would be a first class experience.”

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Want to be a Wildland Firefighter? Montana is Training Veterans for Free

Eastern Oregon

Another “Perp From Outside The Redoubt”:  Sheriff’s office arrests subject of Bend manhunt

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Hermiston spreads goodwill with watermelon giveaway

Eastern Washington

Washington Concealed Carry Soars as Political Tide Rises

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‘Extraordinarily dangerous’ chase ends near Pasco with a woman shot by officers


Grizzlies returned to threatened species status

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Vesicular Stomatitis case found in Wyoming

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  1. Pictured in there is an F-5. (A T-38 Talon is a 2 seater.) Retired Northrop-Grumman guy. We built replacement wings in El Segundo, CA for those T-38’s still flying.

  2. Regarding the meth rampage: There is one quick and permanent solution to such actions. Any citizen that is nearby and armed can employ said solution and indeed should.

    Regarding medical kidnapping: What a heinous state we live in to have this even be a possibility. The arrogance of the public servants who think that they know better than the “poor idiot” parents of these children is astounding.

    1. One must be trained and instantly ready to respond with a firearm to ANY threat of physical harm to themselves or other innocent people! Practice and train with a defensive firearm school so you are ready to protect yourself and the innocent!!!

      1. Ahh but if you don’t have Community then the aftermath is going to be worse than if you had just let them take them…Which is why I beat on the Community drum so much and so loudly…

  3. re: Idaho meth head,
    Singapore has no serious drug problems . Singapore has stringent drug abuse laws , including the death penalty. I guess it is worth a try here because our country is very lax when it comes to drug issues, but then there are so many millions of dollars to be made. I don’t think it will change.
    If the death penalty seems a little harsh , well so are the results of a high use drug culture.

  4. Laws are different wherever you go, know before you show. It would be terrible to protect somebody just to be charged with a third class felony, a threat of bodily harm. Brandishing a weapon, or discharging said weapon in the city limits. Each jurisdiction is quite different.

  5. Sorry folks, we shouldn’t be punishing people because we don’t like what they do. We should only punish those who so serious tangible harm to another person. I don’t particularly like that people do drugs. If they keep it to themselves, harm no other person, then what they do is up to them. If, on the other hand, the person who partakes of drugs, does harm, that is the person who should be punished. That person should be punished for the actual harm they do. Is a traffic accident somehow more horrific because the person who caused the accident happened to be drunk or stoned or freaking out on meth? Even this nutbag in Idaho, are his crimes more egregious because he was high on meth?

    We are not the left. We don’t believe in punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty. The left want’s to punish all of us who own firearms for the actions of a very few. Should you be held responsible because some moron in Texas killed a bunch of folks in El Paso, or the sicko in Ohio for his killing spree that killed his own sister? Of course not. Neither should someone be punished because we don’t like what they eat, drink, smoke, chew, sniff, snort, patch onto their skin, stick into a vein in their arm, or for that matter, shove up their own rear end. We should only punish someone for the terrible and the direct consequences of their actions. They shouldn’t be given an excuse or an out, just because they were high when they screwed the pooch.

    1. Charles K., I must say you said what I was thinking better than I could.

      Admitting that I am fearful around someone on meth or who is drunk since they are often so unpredictable, I don’t consider my fear or my judgement of their bad behavior a reason for capital punishment. Um, then there is the issue of dealing with all the legal hassle that follows such an act.

      I’m not sure what would be an effective or Christian response to someone who is high and “possibly” dangerous. Any ideas fellow commenters?

      Carry on

  6. If anyone stops by Jim Smith’s place, let me know. You could always fly into the Lincoln County Airport just miles north of Eureka, or Kalispell. I do not know if they have a car available.

    BTW, the Goodyear GA-466 Inflatoplane at, has a small leak. And If you liked that Brandenberg concerto, look up Canadian Brass. They play lots of Bach. I am an old horn player, so I love this stuff. Tocotta and Fuge in D minor:

  7. There is a You Tube channel that I believe is owned by a long time employee. His channel has lots of footage of the Jim Smith’s Stonehenge Air Museum grounds via drone, and of a few of the vintage planes, including the only flying Seafire on the planet. There are also several videos of the area by air.

    I was speaking to an old friend of Mr. Smith’s this afternoon, who is like minded and a former Air Force officer, who mentioned that the air strip is 6000 feet long, and able to handle [some] large jet aircraft. The daughter is heavily involved with the operation. Mr. Smith is also a Marine, and that explains why one of his planes that has “MARINE” on it’s tail section. The Dragon Fly made the trip to the museum from it’s original home in Helena Montana, at mach speeds. Most of the planes at the museum are said to be serviceable. The museum is indeed the Jay Leno equivalent for aircraft. I suspect that if an appointment is made for a tour, you could fly in.

    The property is approximately 1600 acres. In this video, we get an excellent view of the surroundings, and near fly over of my favorite hunting grounds. I suspect the approach heading is south along the foothills.

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