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 Point Zero Energy portable solar power systems. (See the Idaho section.)


One of my consulting clients recommended a backup/off-grid photovoltaic power system. Point Zero Energy in Weston, Idaho (a small town, near the southeast corner of the state) is currently working through a backlog of orders on their versatile Titan “all-in-one” compact solar power system. Because it is modular, it is ideal for use as a portable system that you can use at your home for backup power, at a remote cabin, and/or in an RV. The batteries quickly stack together, so there is no need for battery cabling. The Titan system has had some great reviews, and they compare very well versus their competitors. I plan to try one of them, with four battery modules, in my camping/bug-out trailer.

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12 Reasons People REGRET Moving To Idaho AND END UP LEAVING!

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10-year-old girl killed after rock crashes through windshield.


West Lolo Complex grows to 17,865 acres.

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A grizzly named ‘Bo’: Badly-behaving bear gets a second chance in West Yellowstone. The article begins:

“Between April and July, we’ve heard about more deadly encounters with grizzly bears across Montana. One year ago, another grizzly near West Yellowstone nearly met a similar fate but found a rare opportunity to use his skills for good.

More likely than not, grizzly bear encounters end in tragic stories of both human loss and bear loss. That was almost the case for one bear named “Bo” who now resides at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center (GWDC) in West Yellowstone.

In July 2020, Bo was causing serious trouble at the Rainbow Point campground in West Yellowstone.

Now, one year later, Bo has a job.

“We heard about Bo getting into that campground and we knew that the outcome was likely to not be good,” said GWDC naturalist Tut Fuentevilla. “A year later, he’s adjusted very, very well.”

In West Yellowstone, Bo was like the 450-pound grizzly bear version of Frank Abagnale, from the movie “Catch Me If You Can”.

He’s a professional food thief that, as Fuentevilla puts it, went from hot water to full employment—with benefits.”

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Fire near Polson at 1,150 acres, evacuations in place.

Central & Eastern Oregon

Bootleg Fire in Oregon Is 74 Percent Contained, Officials Say.

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Deep Creek, Johnson Ridge fires edge toward containment.

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Wildfires north of Madras 20% contained.

Central & Eastern Washington

‘I haven’t seen anything like this’: Washington wheat growers face low yields in record drought year.

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Pasco police owning up to driving with gas pump attached to patrol car.

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Saturday night shooting victim identified as former Shadle Park star athlete.


For avalanche control, you need a big gun: WYDOT tests new M101 Howitzer.

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Governor Gordon announces Wild Bison Raffle winner.

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