Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on the economic contribution of the Columbia River Basin. Combined, the dams in the region provide more than 40% of U.S. hydroelectric generation.
Idaho (Columbia River Basin)
One of the nation’s furthest-inland seaports west of the Mississippi River is the city of Lewiston, Idaho. It is Idaho’s only seaport. Located at the confluence of the Snake River and Clearwater River, and connecting to the mighty Columbia River, Lewiston is considered a secondary seaport city. It can be reached by seagoing barges, but most of the barge traffic is river or coastal barges that carry wood chips, wood pulp, and grain down to Portland, Oregon. There, this cargo is typically trans-shipped into large seaworthy cargo vessels.
According to Wikipedia: “Lewiston’s main industries are agriculture, paper and timber products production at the mill owned and operated by the Clearwater Paper Corporation (until December 2008, a part of the Potlatch Corporation), and light manufacturing.” Wikipedia also notes: “Ammunition maker CCI, and Speer Bullet (both now brands of Vista Outdoor) are headquartered in Lewiston and Howell Munitions & Technology has a plant in the city as well.”
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Redoubt News reports: Trespass Bill Protects Property Rights In Idaho
Recent ex-pat Gavin Seim reports on the Kangaroo Court trial of Ernie Wayne (Tertlegate): Mountain Man Attacked by Police at His Trial! If the was he was treated bothers you, then please make a polite phone call to the Eureka, Montana City Hall at: (406) 297-2123 and encourage the judge to throw out these charges.
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Opposing marches — one for gun rights and one against school violence — planned in Billings . JWR’s Comment: Any guesses on which crowd was larger?
Eastern Oregon (Columbia River Basin)
Building on growth, Port of Morrow looks ahead. (This, the state’s second largest port is in eastern Oregon.)
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Eastern Washington (Columbia River Basin)
Dubbed “The Eighth Wonder of the World” when it was completed in 1941, the Grand Coulee Dam on the upper Columbia River is still an economic powerhouse unto itself. It holds back Lake Roosevelt, which has a 600 mile-long shoreline and a capacity of 9,386,000 acre-feet. Grand Coulee is the nation’s largest hydroelectric dam, and produces 21 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. That enormous supply of inexpensive power has been crucial for the aluminum industry since World War II. Today, that same stable, abundant, and inexpensive power has become important for for data centers, server farms, and cryptocurrency mining operations.
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Some impressive video: Grand Coulee powerhouse retrofit.
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SurvivalBlog reader H.L. sent us this news item: Stand Your Ground Enhancement Becomes Law in Wyoming
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Over at The Price of Liberty blog: Wyoming still lets “law enforcement” steal from travelers