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 trespassing laws. (See the Idaho section.)


Quietly booming in the Inland Northwest: Three sleeper successes here rank high on Inc. magazine’s fastest growing list.

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Inland Northwest tourism growth likely to remain steady in 2020

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The hottest housing markets of 2020 are far from the coasts


Rep. Heather Scott Under Fire for Helping Stop Gun Confiscation of Local Military Veteran

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Tim J. spotted this: Hunter kills mountain lion after it ‘partially consumed’ pet dog

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A trespassing video that I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago was taken down from YouTube because of a “privacy” complaint. But I’m glad to see that it was re-posted by another vlogger: Two Female Bonner County Tax Assessors; Caught Snooping On Private Property. JWR’s Comments:  Public servants need to be held accountable for their actions. And they should have no expectation of privacy–especially when they are exceeding their authority. They had no right to be in that man’s shop–or anywhere on his posted property–without either his permission or a warrant issued by a local judge. You can’t just go traipsing around someone’s private land–and certainly not playing Looky-Loo inside someone’s buildings. Being a government employee grants no such right. Again, they need to either ask permission, or seek a lawful warrant.
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Reader DSV suggested this piece; The Gay Mafia Comes to Idaho

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Why Idaho Democrats Like City Elections?


Snowy Mountains elk herd 800% over-population shows Montana’s challenge managing elk

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Video posted by the folks at Redoubt News: Private Property Rights Battle Continues On Hughes CreekJWR’s Comment:  This video was obviously edited for brevity, but some of the key sticking points are clear. There are fundamental law issues that have not been resolved in several USFS access cases is western states! I’m praying that by the time these cases reach the Federal court of appeals or the Supreme Court that there will have been enough liberty-loving justices appointed to reach a correct decision, siding with the rights of citizen land owners. From my research, I’ve learned that a patented mining claim has a legal standing that is far above that of someone holding a “Warranty Deed.”  (The latter is merely notice that a secreted true deed exists, elsewhere.)

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The Montana Standard reports: Man indicted in $722 million bitcoin Ponzi scheme is majority owner of Butte’s CryptoWatt. And here is a follow-up, from the same news outlet: Tabish, Washington sue jailed CryptoWatt owner; plant idled.

Eastern Oregon

Reason # 21,833 for Eastern Oregon to partition: Oregon governor signs laws banning plastic bags, straws starting January 1st 2020. (Thanks to Richard S. for the link.)

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Oregon is now posted: No Fishing Expeditions. State Supreme Court Sets Massive Precedent, Cops Can No Longer Ask Random Questions

Eastern Washington

Reader Jim L. spotted this: Storm of Tumbleweeds Buries Cars, Terrifies Drivers and Astounds Police.

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Reason # 29,742 for Eastern Washington to partition: Pay-per-mile tax proposal moves forward in Washington state.   JWR’s Comment:  Of course the legislators in Olympia care nothing for the concerns for the small minority who live in the state’s Dry Side, east of the Cascades. Paying “by the mile” will really hurt in eastern Washington, where a 50+ mile daily commute is not unusual. (A hat tip to Krissy, for the link.)

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Reason # 29,743 for Eastern Washington to partition: Gov. Inslee, AG seek ‘assault weapons’ ban, more gun laws to fight mass shootings

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Video: Spokane real estate experts say boom will continue in 2020


Wyoming’s two largest hospitals urge feds to reject Wyoming’s air ambulance plan

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Looking ahead: 2020 could be a big year for wind in Wyoming

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  1. We need to get some more of those elk here on the west side. The back strap I had tonight was wonderful. What I did not see discussed was the fact people from the west side go to elk camps on the east side, but the huge herds stay on private land, so they cannot be hunted. Now you have the ‘inside story’. This also happen here on the west side. The elk know to stay on the land of large land holders, and only their friends get to hunt on that private land. I eat good cause I know a large land owner. I believe the correct answer is to extend the season. Spike bulls also stay on those spreads too.

  2. It appears that the State of Oregon needs to hire more mental health professionals.
    The reason for this will be clear when you read a post on the
    dated 01/05/2020 titled Trouble In The World-Iran.Take a look at comment #5.

    I rest my case!

    1. Norm Chuck…I have read / listened to the post you cited ( 2x ) and have read comment # 5 as you suggested… Would you please shed some light as to the need for ” more mental health professionals ” and ” I rest my case ” … If I am missing something, please enlighten me…Thank You

  3. Snooping Government Employees: My land around the house and barn are fenced with multiple No Trespassing signs posted; 6 large dogs patrol the inner-compound and there are alarms and security cameras which alert us to any presence. Our electrical coop folks come up the driveway and use binoculars to check the meter which is about 80 yards from where they stand. The County Assessors do a drive-by every summer. If they would ask permission, I’d let them in, but they never have asked.

  4. Pay per mile taxes are the next step in pushing rural residents into cities. Taxing rural residents out of their homes continues with higher school ,town and county taxes. Easier to control if everyone is in the city. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  5. Regarding banning single use plastic bags. When Connecticut did this in 2019 including in grocery stores, I said “no way”. ebay to the rescue! Found box of 1,000 t-shirt plastic bags, perfect size for produce or whatever for less than $40 DELIVERED. There are different sizes available. They can also hang on our old umbrella tree in a spare room, and we grab a few when needed. We are very careful that all bags are properly disposed of. Government may want to control me, but if I can find a way around it, and NOT harm the environment or anyone else, I will do it. CT charged 10 cents a bag, so for some people it really adds up when they are shopping. We have enough bags now for YEARS.

    1. I hate the ban on bags. Paper bags can be bought for $.10 each and plastic bags can be bought also. It would appear that the intent is a tax and not anything else. It is inconvenient and stupid. I hope someone starts a push to overturn this. Went shopping yesterday and only bought what we could carry.

      I had this brilliant idea. I have a large tote that will just barely fit in a shopping cart. Bring the tote with when I shop and fill it up. Then just put everything back in the tote when I leave and it would solve the problem. I do have a question for the legislature and stores. Does that sign on the door telling us to leave backpacks outside still apply since we are now required to bring something to pack our purchases in???

      1. Anon-we literally saw a woman waking into Wal Mart with a tote as you described. The greeter asked if it was a return and she no, she was going to fill it up since they just banned plastic bags in that county. He looked confused as to whether he should allow it but she blew right by him

    2. I’m with you on Baggrivation. I use them – you can nest two Amazon A3 boxes to form a waste basket, then nest all the thin plastic bags, so instant quick waste basket, when it gets full I just tie it off and there is another beneath.

      Note how they don’t ban the ultra-brown ethnol as fuel additive. It takes a gallon of petrol to make a gallon of ethanol, it has almost the same carbon footprint, and is corrosive so will destroy engines – that is why it can’t be put in a pipeline.

      But the picture of that turtle with a plastic straw in its nostril!

  6. About the article: ~Reader DSV suggested this piece; The Gay Mafia Comes to Idaho~ It’s an article, that necessitates reading the links too, for a good understanding of what is occurring.
    The rest of story, which is unspoken by the ‘elites’ in America. =

    The US Constitution:
    First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” [Internet]

    Incorporation Doctrine:
    “The incorporation doctrine is a constitutional doctrine through which the first ten amendments of the United States Constitution (known as the Bill of Rights) are made applicable to the >states through the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth. Amendment.”

    14th Amendment, Section 1.
    “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    At one time Citizens had ‘inalienable’ rights as citizens of the United States, that the States couldn’t take away. [We had religious rights] …. Recently, our Court System Judges and Legislatures have decided that ‘homosexual rights’ prevail over Religious Rights. … There has NEVER been a Constitutional Amendment establishing such a prevalence of ‘elite homosexual rights.’ = The ‘Elites’ just said, ‘Here it is! Your religious rights don’t count.’

    There seems to be quite a number of ideas placed on the People of the United States, and the legal system by the Elites.
    At one time a political leader in the USA could say, “… that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
    That man obviously never encountered the ‘gay mafia’ ~ and the duplicity of our current ‘elites’ controlling the levers of power today.

  7. In regards to proposed gun ban in Washington State. Another exercise in futility, so typical of liberals. Never blame the actual causes of “gun violence”, blame the inanimate object. Let us hope that the Supreme Court comes up with a broad and sane decision this year that reaffirms our rights and prohibits these insane gun laws. Again I ask is there anyway of prosecuting politicians for violating their oath of office. Perhaps a single sheriff could start a trend by arresting and prosecuting a few of them?

    1. Are both of these from the same state?

      Reason # 21,833 for Eastern Oregon to partition: Oregon governor signs laws banning plastic bags, straws starting January 1st 2020. (Thanks to Richard S. for the link.)

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      Oregon is now posted: No Fishing Expeditions. State Supreme Court Sets Massive Precedent, Cops Can No Longer Ask Random Questions


      Carry on

  8. Wasgington governer just signed into law making possession of “undetectable” , and also “untraceable” firearms a felony, among the states other newest anti 2A laws starting in 2020.

    A large new class of felons now exists in the state.

    It wasn’t just the governor who did this…. he is simply the arrogant, willing puppet of the slavery party billionaires.

  9. If I was the home owner who caught the two women tax assessors in my garage I would have walked over and shut the overhead garage door and said “so glad to see you ladies.”

  10. Re: Oregon cops on fishing expeditions. I don’t think this will stand. SCOTUS ruled in 1996 that pretext stops are ok. The DA will probably appeal, there’s too much money (asset forfeiture) in it for them and the cops.

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