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 major Wyoming interstate freeway closure. (See the Wyoming section.)


Idaho school district buys rifles, will warn visitors building is ‘armed’. The article begins:

“The Garden Valley School District is arming itself and a handful of staff members with guns in case of potential security threats moving forward.

According to the district’s school board minutes, the district has purchased four rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

The district is also considering spending up to $2,000 to purchase extra magazine[s,] rounds and body armor vests, according to school board documents. Each rifle was purchased for $680.”

JWR’s Comment: Hmmmm. Rifles with a $680 pricetag. I’ll bet that those are Rifles of Color.

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T.Z. suggested this from Boise’s New Stadium Referendum Requirement Should Be a Model for Other Cities

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Status conference set for county v. city gun suit


Over at Commander Zero’s Notes From The Bunker blog, a personal account that illustrates prevailing Montana attitude on guns: Black Friday scene from a gun shop

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Stevensville man petitions FWP to amend river horsepower limits

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Man killed in standoff with police in Great Falls ID’d

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Colstrip operator fined $450,000 for 2018 hazardous emissions release

Eastern Oregon

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First snow storm of the winter breaks records in Bend

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Industrial development feeds Umatilla Electric Cooperative growth

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And just west of the Redoubt: Offbeat Oregon: Oregon’s “Miner 29ers” beat the Great Depression with a gold pan

Eastern Washington

Space Stationed:  Scientific equipment from Liberty Lake headed to the ISS. (See page 10.)

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Peter spotted this from Washington: 2020 gun control agenda targets limits on high-capacity magazines. The 12-point agenda is thorough, including goals to regulate access to ammunition and high-capacity magazines, “address the intersection of alcohol and firearm violence,” allow local governments to enact stricter gun control, create a centralized background check system, and more.

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Richland man found guilty of 47 different charges


“Nearly 300 miles of Interstate 25 in Wyoming is closed in both directions due to winter weather.

Most of the stretch between Cheyenne and Buffalo has no estimated reopening time, but WYDOT says the segment between Casper and Buffalo could reopen between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Nearly all of Interstate 80 is closed in the southern portion of the state. I-80 is closed in both directions between Evanston and Rawlins, and from Laramie to Cheyenne. Between Rawlins and Laramie, the westbound lanes are closed with no estimated reopening time, but the eastbound lanes are open, though winter weather is impacting road conditions.

Other closed highways include US 287 between Rawlins and WY 28 south of Lander, WY 220 between Pathfinder Road and Muddy Gap, US 289 between I-80 and WY 372, US 191 between the Utah border and I-80, WY 430 between the Colorado border and Rock Springs, US 18/20 between Lusk and I-25 at Orin Junction, US 85 between Torrington and Cheyenne, WY 210 between Laramie and Cheyenne, US 287 between the Colorado border and Laramie, US 30/287 between Bosler and I-80, WY 387 between Midwest and Wrignt, WY 192 between Kaycee and WY 387, and WY 196 between Buffalo and Kaycee.”

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Evidence of two quakes extends rupture history in Grand Tetons National Park

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Wyoming gas revenues down 74% in ‘new reality’

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  1. re:
    ‘Wyoming natural resources revenues’

    That word ‘revenues’ just frosts me!

    TheGovernmentAgents use convenient language == ‘newspeak’ == to hide their acts and divert attention to the magician’s other hand.
    TheGovernmentAgents are extracting my ‘resources’ from my wallet and my account at the credit union.
    Those taxes come at the expense of working folk.
    Said another way, we ‘tax-payers’ are at one end of the spectrum… while ‘tax-burners’ occupy the opposite end.

    This cannot not end quietly.
    TheGovernmentAgents will do every despicable vile act in their power to maintain their benefits and retirement packages.
    You and I are merely the extraction resource.

    [fuming and stewing]
    And somebody told TheGovernmentAgents they could pull those same shenanigans for another two hundred years?
    Another two hundred years of taxes on producers of coal? Natural gas?
    We passed a profitable Energy Return On Investment decades ago.
    Fracked oil products were touted to save our declining petroleum fields, but that lasted only a few years.
    Photovoltaics and windmills were supposed to be the ‘Gaia’ path to allow FirstWorld populations to maintain our extravagant lifestyle, while dragging several billion ThirdWorld peoples toward OurLivingStandard.

    Of all TheGovernmentAgents, you might expect TheGovernmentAgents in Wyoming to be marginally closer to BasedInReality.
    But, as in all dealings with TheGovernmentAgents, what are they not telling us?
    They honestly expected their free ride to last long enough for their retirements to kick-in?

    Here in Oregon, we have a cute way of quieting the tax-and-legislate crowd:
    “So… what part of California you from?”
    Two hundred years!
    And nobody saw this coming?
    Was the movie IDIOCRACY supposed to be prophetic?

    [remembers to breathe]

    1. The decline in natural gas tax revenues in Wyoming is adversely impacting everyone in the state.Those tax moneys come from corporations that do business there,not the citizens.
      Everyone in the private and public sector will have difficulties funding some services such as Emergency Services and Education.
      Most clear thinking people would be against that.

    2. LargeMarge,
      Couldn’t agree with you more!! Unfortunately, they are only practicing what works. Liberty minded folks have yet to figure out we are losing the war by remaining divided.

        1. Not sure who or what you refer as the plague, but my contention is that liberty minded folks will have to pledge their lives, fortune, and sacred honor to each other before they will experience success.

          1. Communists,Socialists,Radical Liberals,Antifa,White Supremasists,and most Democrats are a danger to us all.
            They are a cancer and plague which threatens our way of life.We must be devided from them until they self destruct.
            I hope this answers your question of who and what.

  2. Regarding the school district arming staff members…

    It would make much better sense to hire retired military people who have actually seen combat experience. They, above anyone else would likely not flinch should an event occur. Handing guns to untrained staff whose capability under fire or duress is a huge unknown is a potential disaster.

    Imagine if one of them panics and just opens fire on anything that moves…
    A recipe for disaster.

    1. “School officials recently completed training with deputies from the Boise County Sheriff’s Office this month.” …….. So apparently Randy chose to not read the article in its entirety. Someone has been truly brainwashed by hollywoods movies.
      Does anyone really believe that these teachers whom have stepped up to lay their lives on the line for their students and fellow faculty are going to just “open fire on anything that moves”
      Also by Randys standard concealed weapons permit holders are only a liability. If I had children in this public school I would be so beside myself with joy that some actual “common sense gun control measures” were being implemented. Of course they aren’t just handing guns to untrained staff. That’s why the article says specifically they trained with Sheriffs Office and there really isn’t much better local training than with your Sheriffs Office (usually).

  3. Taken from this article linked by SurvivalBlog (Kudos to T.Z.’s suggestion).

    “Boise’s New Stadium Referendum Requirement Should Be a Model for Other Cities”

    “Voters in Boise, Idaho, voted overwhelmingly last week to require more votes before the city can spend public money on stadiums. It’s an idea that other cities and states should copy.

    The so-called “vote for a vote” proposition will require a majority of city voters to approve any future stadium project that uses more than $5 million in public money. More than 50,000 ballots were cast in the Election Day referendum, and more than 75 percent of voters supported the idea.
    Its passage may complicate the city council’s plans to build a $50 million soccer and/or baseball stadium in the ~>hopes of attracting a minor league franchise.

    Boise voters also approved a similar measure that prohibits the city from spending more than $25 million on library construction projects—the city has proposed building an $85 million library—without voter approval.”

    The American Redoubt, where democracy still works. … There are many reasons to consider relocating to the Redoubt.

    The people worried about ‘Global Warming caused by Mankind’ should consider this possible factoid. = ““The average elevation in Florida is 6 feet,” … “Some places are as little as 3 feet above sea level.”

    [Yet, some people enjoy Mosquitoes and the Ocean nearby.] =

    “In Florida, it is not uncommon for mosquitoes to start coming out again in February. But, the warmer it gets, the better it is for mosquitoes. … So, the peak mosquito season is during the hot Florida summer where they thrive on the humidity and standing pools of water from the frequent afternoon thunderstorms.”
    [From the Internet]

    [One of the problems with spending a lot of taxpayer money on a public library. =

    “…opened in 1996 and was touted as “a prototype library for the twenty-first century.” That has turned out to be the case, but not in the way that the NYPL intended. SIBL’s de facto function as a daytime homeless shelter is shared by many public libraries in New York and >across the nation.” [From ‘Disorder in the Stacks’ Spring 2019]

    Me: = [Maybe, a more modest library, and a barebones, homeless shelter would be a better choice.

    “Tragically, homelessness and addiction go hand in hand.” [Internet]

    There seems to only one, well-known politician running for President in 2020 [AKA as Orange-Man], trying to prevent/inhibit illegal drugs from entering America. … Stopping a problem before it occurs is always a better solution, than dealing with the symptoms from a problem.

  4. Regarding gold mining in Oregon during the Great Depression: I find it incredibly telling and depressing that the US government banned gold mining in October 1942. It is quite revealing to study history and see how often the US government crushes individual rights in this country. Is incredibly important to learn from the past and realize that all those mistakes can be made again, and probably will be. Those who do not learn from the past… might wake up one day to a terrible surprise.

    1. I, too, was horrified, BGF. Then I found this link on the same page:

      The salient paragraphs are below.

      Although it mainly just codified existing practice, as a matter of legal doctrine this was a revolutionary and controversial thing at the time. It was the first time any nation had simply handed over its mineral wealth to whoever wanted to claim it and exploit it

      According to the 1917 Pan-American Scientific Congress, “It was the first instance where a sovereign broke away from the old regalian right and voluntarily ceded to her citizens as a gift all her mineral wealth on the sole condition that the citizen should go out and possess it.”

      Moreover, according to Jackson, it was also the first time in U.S. history that de novo property rights were granted to single women. The law didn’t say what gender the miner had to be. And in consequence, lots of women who didn’t want to deal with a husband took advantage of this, and went into the gold fields to work their very own mining claims.

      Sometimes, members of government act in our best interests.

      Carry on

  5. The cite of the Interstate closing is particularly apropro for the Gettin Home article today.

    I personally am glad now when highways get closed because even when we have all 4 wheels chained up of our 4WD the ratio of idiotic dangerous drivers far exceeds those who drive carefully on snow and ice.

    Just had another God watching over us moment Sunday on I-90 when a front wheel drive vehicle let off too fast on the gas pedal.

    Its front wheels locked up and the rear of the van kept going, so the front swerved towards us and just missed us, coming into our lane just behind my vehicle. In my rear view mirror I saw it cross the highway and go out into the median 50 feet with snow flying everywhere.

    And this was on a clear morning with little wind, on packed snow and ice.

    Last week there were 35 wrecks involving 127 vehicles on I-90 next to Spokane. Be cautious of Others out there.

    God Bless.

  6. re: Idaho school district buys rifles

    The article is from Friday, May 29th 2015, and in the video it is stated that they are 9mm carbines. In a quick google search, the school has been armed since the 2014-2015 school year.

    Probably the most interesting thing to note, no shooting has happened in the 5 years they have been armed.

  7. On the article about mining in Oregon during the Depression – particularly the Baker City area… the valley in the shadow of Baker City: it is a great growing region that was used to selling their produce to Canada. Canada stopped their buying at this time. Could be bad news for the area. But the locals regrouped, built canneries, and made good use of their crops. The depression was hardly felt in this area. This was told to me by an old-timer in the area. Sounds pretty good. And some good lessons learned from this snippet of history.

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