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Red AUSSIE for Re-Homing!

E-mail sent by Russ, Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 @ 11:23pm

Red AUSSIE for Re-Homing!

DEE Writes:

I have a  friend who has had an leg amputation from diabetes and can’t keep up with his 2 year old, spayed female aussie. She is very smart of course, like mine J He would like to find a good home for her.  she is smart and is ok with animals.   Free J 

This is AZ, she's a red Aussie. She loves attention and needs a fun family to love her. 

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(Please Forward) - Sunday's Power Outage: What did YOU Learn from it?

E-mail sent by Russ, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 2:46pm

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(Please Forward) -
Sunday's Power Outage:  What did YOU Learn from it?

Last Sunday, I gave a BaoFeng UV5R Radio mini-workshop at the Cocolalla Cowboy Church.  Dozens of folks learned how to punch in the right frequencies for Emergency Communications.
That was at noontime.  We scheduled a "Practice Net" for 5PM.
By the time we got home, we all were among the tens of thousands in the area with no power.

 So, promptly at 5, we all conducted the first "Wellness Check" in the newly-founded 3CERT (Cocolalla Cowboy Church Emergency Response Team).
In a silent, dark world.  On $20 radios that could reach 20 miles.  Other folks, down in ravines, could reach neighbors up the hillsides, who then relayed their info back to Net Control.
To top it all off, all this was done on frequencies that require NO tests, fees or license.

Some "coincidence", huh?  I think we'll be having more examples of this, as we listen and follow through with our Inner Guidance.
Second Sundays of the month at CCC, Noon Pot Luck and Preparedness.  Bring grub to share and maybe even yer own mess kit!



Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV / WQYA480, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

^ Grid-Free Power, Any Location!

^ "Silent Range" NRA Pistol Training:

^ Emergency Comms Network:

^ Preparedness Training:

^ Mold Testing:

Welcome, Kevin & Deborrah Pursifull in BLANCHARD!

E-mail sent by Russ, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 1:12pm

Welcome, Kevin & Deborrah Pursifull in BLANCHARD!

Let's give "RockHounds" Kevin & Deborrah Pursifull  a warm Welcome this Thursday evening at the Blanchard Inn!
They are good folks, looking to share, teach and learn from us all.  Let's be sure to answer their RADIO questions!

Kevin & Deborrah Pursifull Deborrah Pursifull Blanchard    

Beginner on canning food, rockhounds, lapidary

Animal husbandry, bee keeping, more gardening skills, food preservation

My husband & I both want to connect with our community as we are new here to Idaho. We want to continue to learn how to prep for emergencies, be better gardeners, learn more skills so we can be more self sufficient in growing & raising our own food.

Our house inspector, Jeanne with CDA Inspectors.

Jan 14, 2020, 10:5

THURS PM - Let's plan the year . . . Together!!!

E-mail sent by Russ, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 12:18am

THURS PM - Let's plan the year . . . Together!!!

Blanchard Inn, Rt 41.  Show up between 5 & 6PM and order some dinner.
Around 6:30, let's start hearing YOUR ideas for 2020!
What, where, when and how of our upcoming gatherings.

Meanwhile, Major Congratulations to all of you!
Over the past twelve years, we've facilitated -
Dozens of Presenters,
Scores of locations, 
Hundreds of gatherings, and
Thousands of FREE Training hours 
Throughout Idaho and Washington

You guys are wonderful!
See you Thursday . . . 
Thanks & Blessings - 


E-mail sent by Russ, Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 @ 8:09pm

DEE Writes:

I have  a friend in Kamiah who has two litters of Great Pyrenees puppies for sale…..$350 either male or female.  One batch is 12 weeks old, the other is 8 weeks old. They are solid white, badger faces and tans available.  They are currently on a working sheep farm with other animals.   Call Julie 208- 935-7884  There is a possibility that they could be delivered to CDA.  

Good Guy with Gun Stops BG with Gun (Get Training NOW!)

E-mail sent by Russ, Thursday, January 2nd, 2020 @ 6:17pm

For those who found that LameStream Media tend to gloss over or even remove actual 2A events from public knowledge / viewing, here's the actual footage I've been getting requests for: 

Folks, if you're not tuned up with your handgun, now is the time to give me a call & get a class together with friends, family, neighbors and church members.  I'll teach you how to train as often as you want, even in your home, basement, backyard of garage, with no BANG or recoil. 
Also, I'm offering similar classes with rifles for anyone 10 and up; minors must be partnered by an adult.  6 hours of group training with your partner, using airguns, $45 per couple.
Email or call -



Russell S. Spriggs, KI7BIV / WQYA480, C.E.R.T.

No Texts; 208.660.8877; Fax 855.420.6345

^ Grid-Free Power, Any Location!

^ "Silent Range" NRA Pistol Training:

^ Emergency Comms Network:

^ Preparedness Training:

^ Mold Testing:

Money from Our Servicemen and Women Invested in China?

E-mail sent by Russ, Monday, December 30th, 2019 @ 7:37pm

Member wanted to share this info with group: 

·  king Money from Our Servicemen and Women and Investing it in China?

Lt. Col. Allen West, Kyle Bass, and Roger Robinson join Kevin Freeman in the Economic War Room to discuss an important national security and economic issue. China has found a loophole to funnel US dollars into their economy. Find out how your retirement money could also be at risk and why we need to take action now.

Watch the Episode

·  Protect Our Veterans' Investments

China has found a loophole to funnel US dollars into their economy. Sign the petition to protect our veterans' investments. 

Sign the Petition

·  The Economic War Room

The Economic War Room monitors critical pressure points on an ongoing basis. We report who, what, when, where, and why they will impact you. More importantly, we bring in top experts to help you understand and respond to the threats they pose and how you can respond!


Bonner Area AmRRON Net - New Nights!

E-mail sent by Russ, Monday, December 23rd, 2019 @ 6:22pm


Please pass along to your teams that the Bonner County 2 meter AmRRON net is changing days from the 1st and 3rd Fridays to the 1st and 3rd Thursdays after the National nets at 7:00PM Pacific.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to all

Don Goodrich

Sorry folks!

E-mail sent by jim mcginty, Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 @ 8:04pm

yes, my wife Pat just told me that I goofed up our phone number on the book sale e-mail: please call us (or leave a withering message) at 509-292-0326. just to confirm, that is 509-292-0326. sigh.



E-mail sent by jim mcginty, Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 @ 7:51pm

Hello and what happened to Winter?! Pat and I have a couple of duplicate books you might want to add to your prepper's bookshelf.

"CARLA EMERY'S OLD FASHIONED RECIPE BOOK (an encyclopedia of country living)": If you have only one book on your prepping/homesteading bookshelf, this is the one: recipes for grains, vegetables, sweets, dairy products, poultry and meat dishes, are combined with advice on food preservation, gardening, beekeeping, raising livestock, soap making, and much more. In the homesteading community, this book is both fundamental, and a classic.

printed by Bantam Books in 1977, 530 pages (feels like construction paper), paperback. price is $25, sold as is, where is, cash only. book is in used, good condition, with no missing pages.

"FOXFIRE 3": Part of the "Foxfire" series, which attempted to capture the spirit of Appalachian mountain folk and their "old school" or old-fashioned ways of simple living, book 3 features detailed articles and photos on animal care, banjos and dulcimers, hide tanning, summer and fall wild plant foods, butter churns, and ginseng.

printed by Anchor Books in 1975, 512 pages, paperback. price is $20, sold as is, where is, cash only. book is in good, used condition, with no missing pages.

contact is Jim or Pat McGinty, 509-92-0326 (please leave a message), or through e-mail at:

we can arrange a meeting of like minds, or you can pay postage.

Winter INWP Schedule: NO EVENING MEETINGS at Grange Hall!

E-mail sent by Russ, Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 @ 8:40am

Effective today, there will be NO evening meetings at the Blanchard Grange until March!
This is a safety consideration, with dark, snow and ice.
Regular Grange Meetings and Potlucks will be proceeding as scheduled and announced by Alan Mock, but INWP will NOT be staying afterwards as usual.
I'll adjust the calendar listings shortly.
Check with Alan to see if there is a Grange Pot Luck tomorrow, 12/23.

We WILL HAVE Pot Luck / Meetings in Cocolalla at Noon on 2nd Sundays - see calendar listings.
We WILL HAVE Ordered Dinner & Social Meetings, Blanchard Inn, 5:30 3rd Thursdays - see calendar listings.

We ANTICIPATE having a Cool-Weather Gardening Presentation (or series) in March.  This will likely be Sunday Afternoon(s) in either Blanchard or Newport/Oldtown, $5 per event to handle costs & space rent.  This concept may keep you alive!  In case you've not noticed, our GDD - Growing Degree Days - are shrinking.  So much for Global Warming.  


E-mail sent by jim mcginty, Saturday, December 21st, 2019 @ 2:07pm

hello folks: our elderly neighbor has moved into a long term care facility, after her husband (the prepper) recently died. she asked us to sell the remaining #10 cans to clear out the basement, and to help defray the costs of her care. all cans were purchased around 2008, so there is still quite a bit of storage time left. additionally, the cans were stored in a cool, dry, smoke-free basement, and appear to be just fine.

"Rainy Day" brand shortening powder - $10 - 1 can is available. "Rainy Day" brand hot breakfast cereal ("Germade") - $5 - 1 can is available. "Rainy Day" brand instant, non-fat powdered milk - $12 - 5 cans are available. "Country Cream" brand instant, non-fat powdered milk - $12 - 4 cans are available. "Honeyville Farms" brand whey milk substitute - $12 - 4 cans are available. "Honeyville Farms" brand powdered whole eggs - $15 - 3 cans are available.

all #10 cans are sold as is, where is, and for cash only. e-mail or call us (509-292-0326 - please leave a message) for delivery/pick up.

thanks, jim and pat mcginty, elk, washington

Deja Vu: a replay of April 19 1775?

E-mail sent by Russ, Thursday, December 19th, 2019 @ 1:02pm

Sent by an observant member:

We are at the end of 2019 and if you watched the impeachment process you already know we are no longer in "normal times".  However, it could get much worse in the year ahead.

If you have not been following events in State of Virginia, you should be.  The podcast here (below) from 299 Days  "Glen Tate" and "Shelby Gallagher"  closely reviews the activities already stacked up in Virginia where nearly all the Counties have declared themselves as "2nd Amendment Sanctuaries"...and the Governor is threatening to enforce new and draconian gun control laws.

Things are moving ahead and it's very possible there could be fighting between State Police and county militia in a replay of April 19 1775 with the State Police playing the part of the British Red Coats ..  ??

Praying that cooler heads prevail, but I agree with Glen and Shelby that we are in a different times and it's very possible that things could spiral out of control in 2020 !

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed."
Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand 

Noon Pot Luck & Practical Preparedness - Cocolalla 11:45

  • Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 12pm - 2pm, Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 12pm - 2pm, Sunday, March 8th, 2020 at 12pm - 2pm, Sunday, April 12th, 2020 at 12pm - 2pm, Sunday, May 10th, 2020 at 12pm - 2pm
    Location: 4281 Cocolalla Loop Road Cocolalla, Idaho 83813 - Cowboy Church

    All are welcome to the 11:45 Pot Luck and Preparedness Forum  on the 2nd Sunday of the…

HOW We Prep: $15 Barrels

E-mail sent by Russ, Thursday, December 12th, 2019 @ 11:42pm

Clothing, Gear, Grain, Water Storage . . . .

60 Gallon Black Screw Top Poly Barrel
 - $15 (Athol)


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Eagle Peak Containers has 60 gallon black screw tops for sale. These have a nice wide mouth and a two piece mason jar style lid. $15 each.
With a spigot, $17 each.


Come check us out Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 4:45pm
6250 E Menser Ave Athol ID 83801

Apply to be a HUB for your area!

E-mail sent by Russ, Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 11:51pm

Apply to be a HUB for your area!

Email me ( if this describes you:

You enjoy helping / teaching others;

You are more versed than average in prep / sustainability topics;

You have more than average stuff "stashed";

You travel with prep items ("bugout bags", etc) in vehicle;

You are pretty adept with firearms, first aid, 2-way radios and fire-starting, and

Invariably have these items on you.

These are SOME of the basics expected of a HUB to their neighborhood's SPOKES.  We have Senior Cadre Members of various topics that are willing to enhance the training of HUB personnel in the INW.  These HUBS would be expected to cultivate their neighborhood SPOKES - consider this to be a Train The Trainer Program. 

The days are past for Senior Cadre to be going out to train everyone.  We are developing a tiered model that will create overlapping geographic HUB wheels, mirrored in the comms world, also.

Interested in being identified as a Senior Cadre or as a HUB? 

Time is Short -

Step forward with an email to me before Sunday's Dinner / Party, so we can chat & plan.



Log-In Difficulties; email rules

E-mail sent by Russ, Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 10:48pm

Log-In Difficulties; email rules - 
Please note that, by member requests, only managers (Russ, Ranger, Mandy & "Doc" Dave) may now initiate emails to the entire group.
Anyone who wishes to email any individual in the group may do so via the membership page, or via their normal email program.  Too many contentious emails have been mass-sent, driving members away (or nuts).

Some folks experiencing Log-In difficulties may need to re-apply to the site.

Icom IC-7200 Radio for sale

E-mail sent by Russ, Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 6:30pm

JJS sent this email to forward to the group. please contact JJS if interested. Respond to: "Sorry, I meant to email you earlier today. I know this is short notice, but I have an Icom IC-7200 that I picked up and never used. It's 'like new' condition. The person I bought it from bought it new, hooked it to power, and never used it on the air. I got it from him for $700 and am willing to sell it for what I have into it. It also comes with the upgraded front handles/guards, which cost $60-$80 new. Those are included. If anyone responds showing serious interest I will drive to Hayden tomorrow and bring the rig with me. Again, I know it's short notice, but it would be a HUGE help, if you wouldn't mind passing it on. I wanted to give the local AmRRON folks first shot at a great deal before putting it on Craigslist for $750. Thanks, and God bless! -JJS"

Great Deeds, inwPrep!

E-mail sent by Russ, Friday, December 6th, 2019 @ 8:46am

Hello everyone! This is Michelle from the Blanchard Community Center.
A couple of weeks ago, an email was sent out regarding a neighbor in need, who is trying to move into a VERY VERY TINY house for the winter, which is basically a shell. She needs insulation and other materials to make the home habitable. Russ has reached out to her and donated the  insulation that she needs, and inwPrep has collected $130 towards materials we will need to purchase. Thank you for your generosity towards a neighbor in need this winter. It is very much appreciated.

Request from local Veteran's Organization - -

E-mail sent by Russ, Thursday, December 5th, 2019 @ 10:15pm

Would you be able to share this fundraiser to your list?

We are bringing the Moving Wall to Newport for next years Stand Down and could use all the support we can get. This is a big commitment for an organization as small as ours - if you are able to help it would be appreciated.

Stand Tall


INW Preparedness Training Team

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