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 again focus on the Greater Idaho Project. The image above shows the election results in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with an overlay of the proposed expanded state lines for Greater Idaho. (See the Region-Wide section.)


The Atlantic reports: Modern America’s Most Successful Secessionist Movement. (Thanks to Brad F. for the link.) JWR’s Comment:  I wish that journalists would learn the difference between the words secession and partition. Most of the movements described in the article simply seek to re-partition states, not remove them from the Union.

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Douglas County Clerk says Greater Idaho has enough valid signatures.

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Reader “Alva” wrote us:

“I found a recent Wall Street Journal article interesting. This was front-page news in the 22 December 2021 edition of the Wall Street Journal print edition. It is titled: Pandemic Sets Back Population Growth.

Here are some quotes from the article:

“America’s population grew 0.1% this year, the lowest rate on record, according to Census Bureau figures released Tuesday that show how the pandemic is changing the country’s demographic contours.”

[The article attributes the decline to COVID 19, yet this decline seems to have happened since 2016.]

“Seventeen states lost population, led by New York (-1.6%), Illinois (-0.9%) and Hawaii (-0.7%). California, which recorded only its second decrease ever after logging its first last year, dropped by 0.7%. The District of Columbia’s population dropped 2.9%.

More broadly, the Midwest lost 0.1% and the Northeast lost 0.6%. The West was essentially flat, while the South gained 0.6%. Texas, the largest Southern state, gained 1.1%. States that grew the most included Idaho (2.9%), Utah (1.7%) and Montana (1.7%). “

“Most of those caught trying to cross the border illegally are being sent back, while the pandemic has slowed legal immigration channels, with visa processing at about half normal levels and the refugee-admissions program at a standstill. Census figures include people residing in the U.S. illegally, though their exact numbers can be difficult to pin down.”


IDFG relocates cow and calf moose from city of Kendrick. JWR’s Comment: With a population of only about 320, it is probably best to refer to Kendrick as a “town.”

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Another one to file under “Perps from Outside the Redoubt: Boise PD: Officers nab man accused of breaking into vehicles on Parkcenter Blvd.

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Idaho’s Senator Jim Risch: Supply is down, prices are up, and Idahoans are worried.

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‘Post-mortem mayhem’: Court docs detail cannibalism charge in North Idaho murder.


Census: Montana sees major population growth while majority of US does not. Here is a brief excerpt:

“According to the census, Montana reached 1,104,271 individuals this past July. That increase bumped Montana from 44th largest state to 43rd, prompting it to swap places with Rhode Island.”

JWR’s Comment: This illustrates the low population density in the American Redoubt region. For a sense of perspective: Rhode Island measures just 1,214 square miles, while Montana is 147,040 square miles. Hence, you could fit more than 120 Rhode Islands inside Montana! You’ve gotta love elbow room.

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Truck driver killed in head-on crash on Interstate 90 in Montana.

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Montana Tech professor operating travel website to help motorists find safest route.

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Montana opens wolf trapping in northwestern, south-central and northeastern parts of the state.

Central & Eastern Oregon

Oregon officials ask public help to find killers of 8 wolves. JWR’s Comment:  They probably won’t have much luck, anywhere in the “Shoot, Shovel, and Shut Up” region.

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Surprising rise in semi-truck rollovers seen on Highway 97 curve in Redmond.

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NE Bend house fire claims life of family dog — who accidentally turned on stove.

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Bend woman pulled over, jailed on charge of trying to flee with teen daughter into Canada.

Central & Eastern Washington

Spokane Co. Sheriff to hire 27 new deputies to keep up with population growth.  The KREM news story includes this:

“The Spokane County Board of Commissioners approved a $2.7 million investment in public safety for next year.  That funding will allow the sheriff’s office to hire 27 new deputies.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said this will help his office keep up with the county’s growing population.

Out of the 27 new positions, Knezovich said 19 will be on patrol, two are major crimes detectives, and six positions are restored from the 2020 budget that was reduced due to COVID.

The Sheriff expects these additional deputies will help his office keep up with the county’s growing population.”

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Chronic Wasting Disease a concern for Eastern Washington deer population.

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Fairchild Air Force Base not selected for KC-46A tanker stationing.


Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle is coming to Cheyenne.

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Federal Jury acquits local woman of involuntary manslaughter.

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Microsoft is building two new data centers in Wyoming.

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