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 the coming American Redoubt real estate boom.  (See the Region-Wide section.)


Reader C.D.M. wrote to ask: “I’m wondering if you have any thoughts about price trends in the Real Estate markets over the next 12 – 18 months?  I’m guessing that real estate will take somewhat of a hit, but that rural, retreat and farm properties will fare better than city and suburban homes.”  JWR’s Response: I believe that the pandemic will inspire another wave of relocation to the American Redoubt region. Seeing the locust-like stripping of store shelves made it clear to nearly all Americans that we have vulnerable supply chains. And the population density of cities and even suburbs is making millions of Americans feel very apprehensive while in “lock-down”. Note for instance how urbanites are buying guns in record numbers, and that many of these folks are first-time gun buyers. The collective anxiety meter is pegged! People will surely remember this crowded feeling, and they will naturally yearn for the hinterboonies. “In town” tract house sales have temporarily slowed, but real estate agents are already reporting to me that they are getting lots of phone calls, and e-mails from buyers with detailed property specification lists for “remote” properties. They are even receiving sight unseen offers on rural properties with water. So… what will things be like by August and September?  And by the May of 2021?  My #1 Son, who operates, expects a multi-year boom in the market for retreat properties. But the property inventory is thin, so prices can only head in one direction: Up! – JWR

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Wyoming Troopers Use Spike Strips to End Chase, Arrest Idaho Man

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At INW Report: When a Constitutional Sheriff becomes Judge and Jury


Details on COVID-19 numbers and locales in Idaho. (That page will be kept updated.)

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The snow geese have arrived — and there are so many of them!. Here is a snippet:

“Last night I figured there were from 15 to 20 thousand and there is almost twice as many tonight.”

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Zombies and Cain’s dark 50: Court documents offer a look at what those close to Lori Vallow have to say


Gas prices drop below $2 a gallon in Billings as oil industry braces for fall

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Montana state officials update COVID-19 case count to 34

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Is 60 mph limit too fast for Highway 2? Some cyclists think so

Eastern Oregon

From the left-of-center Bend Bulletin: Pandemic-driven gun sales concern law enforcement

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Rural Oregon fire districts to link up

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Here is a PDF with some interesting stats on the booming Bend-Redmond area: Economic Development for Central Oregon.

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Fossil Beds modifying operations to implement latest health guidance

Eastern Washington

Whitman County announces its first COVID-19 confirmed case

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Getting There: Rappelling engineers get close-up look at aging Latah Creek Bridge


The Wyoming State Health Officer signed an order, effective immediately, that prohibits gatherings of 10 or more in a single room
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School districts across Wyoming announce closures following governor’s recommendation

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