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 possible deal in Wyoming, where Occidental Petroleum is selling land and mineral rights covering 7,800 square miles. This is an area larger than Connecticut. (See the Wyoming section.)


Authorities working today to recover two more victims following deadly airplane collision over Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Rock slide on US-95 between Riggins and Pollock forces second closure

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The Good Simple Living vlogging family is making great strides in building a “Barndominium” tiny house in the back of their shop. They now have 105,000 subscribers, and I recommend subscribing to their channel.


Coronavirus Spurs Increased Interest in Moving to Montana

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Montana Finalizes First Set Of Rules For Oil, Gas Waste Disposal

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Hundreds participate in Laurels freedom-drive

Eastern Oregon

An interview conducted by Redoubt News: Brian Stout Running for State Representative House District 31 Oregon

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Newly arrived Oregon transplants: Some interesting data on migration patterns.

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Portland mountain biker found dead east of Bend

Eastern Washington

Crowd weighs in, Palouse flag policy debate moves ahead in Palouse

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Individual who tested positive for COVID-19 being held in Spokane County Jail after refusing to self-isolate. A pericope:

“An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently being held in the Spokane County Jail after refusing to cooperate with voluntary isolation.

Spokane Regional Health District Health Officer, Dr. Bob Lutz determined the individual presented a direct threat to the community.

According to a statement from Spokane County, Dr. Lutz and Spokane County Board of Commissioners and Director Mike Sparber attempted to find more appropriate housing for this individual, offering alternative options which included offering corrections officers as guards at the hospital or sending him to a more appropriate isolation facility. These efforts were not successful and it was determined that this individual would be brought to the downtown jail and housed under the medical care of the jail to protect the community.”

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Benton sheriff commander quits, citing Hatcher ‘consumed with hostility, anger and lies’


Wyoming Officials to Meet Monday on Possible $1B Land Bid. This article begins:

“Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and other top state officials plan to meet Monday to discuss whether to bid on Occidental Petroleum’s vast land holdings in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

The Houston-based company is selling land and mineral rights covering 7,800 square miles, an area bigger than Connecticut.”

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Woman gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

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Magpul to host drive-in job fairs in Cheyenne. An excerpt:

“Magpul is looking to hire about 150 new employees in Cheyenne.

The gun manufacturer has partnered with ResourceMFG to host drive-in job fairs. The first one is July 7 and will be each Tuesday and Wednesday for three weeks at the Cheyenne Workforce Center.

‘We’re set up to be able to have folks drive up in their cars, give them some pre-qualifying questions for the job, they can actually apply online and fill out their application prior to that. We’ll even have some stations set up in the event that they didn’t have access to a computer so they can do that there as well,’  Regional Vice President Richard Gaeta said.”

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  1. Something missing today is the lack of interactions of patents with their kids, with smartphones trumping playing with kids.

    Smartphones also trump having personal interactions with other adults. People need face to face personal interaction, not some imaginary social media dopamine hit.

    I got UNO cards and went to a picnic, and imposed a 2 card penalty if anyone glanced at their phone during the game. At one point 8 people were laughing and having a good time interacting with their family. When the game ended, the phones came back out……..

    1. That reminds me.
      A buddy of mine used to make cell phone jammers. They worked in about a 50’ radius. He used to love turning it on when walking into coffee shops just to watch the horror and confusion.
      I’m gonna have to hit him up and see if he still makes them.

      1. I totally want one too!
        I would have loved to have had one when I worked at Starbucks. It would have been hilarious to see the “crack in a cup addicts” go nuts when their phone freaks out while I’m trying to take their orders. Bahahah!!!

        Rock on!

    2. That’s why my son won’t be having ANY electronic devices, and my wife and I make very limited use of them. So many people don’t know how to interact in person anymore.

  2. While technology has it’s uses and advantages I always remember this:

    Ephesians 2:2
    Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air,the spirit that now workers in the children of disobedience:

    Prince of the power of the air- another name for the devil and his control. Technology = wireless/air waves, from tv to computers, phone, etc.

    At least how I was told.

  3. So Spokane is becoming little China now. Henceforth, based on the “real” epidemiology of COVID, anyone who has an influenza infection from now on and refuses to quarantine ought to go to jail as well. Either that, or the govt should seal them in their houses for two+ weeks, right?

    1. Don’t give the state governors any ideas. We will have annual lock downs for any reason, or no reason at all. 🙂

      By the way, no official “covid deaths” in Michigan yesterday.

  4. I wonder, if you go to the office and someone there tests positive for COVID and afterwards you catch it, can you claim time loss due to exposure? I know you can’t for cold or flu, but is this different?

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