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  • Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Dinner Option!  Some of us will meet up earlier for dinner at Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, 3…

    • 8 people attended

HAVE EMERGENCY ELECTRICITY (With NO solar, wind, generator, etc)

  • Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 5pm - 8:30pm
    Location: Blanchard Mercantile, 26332 Hwy 41, Blanchard, ID 208.437.0450


    • 4 people attended

Free HANDS-ON workshop: Assembling a basic Solar Electric Setup (Supper First @ Mex?)

  • Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Call Russ to reserve a dinner seat if you're joining the crowd, 5PM sharp, at the Mexican place…

    • 13 people attended

$150 Solar Panels; Saturday's Reservations; more

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, February 8th, 2018 @ 6:33pm

Reserve your seat & let the cook know you're coming: call Debbie at the Blanchard Mercantile at 208.437.0450 NOW!  If you don't call in advance, I'd suggest packing a folding chair just in case!

$4 ammo cans,
$150 (100 Watt) Solar panel setups;
$4 "Wall Switch" battery lights

LAST CALL for parts 2 & 3 Pistol Classes (Must have taken #1, first) - 2/18, 2/25;  instructions at calendar listing on home page,

Newport- Raised Bed Gardening, 2/17

Newport- Assembling a basic Solar Electric Setup - free HANDS-ON workshop - 3/3

Where ELSE do you get so much free info?

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  • Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Dinner Option!  Some of us will meet up for dinner at Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, 3 blocks…

    • 13 people attended


  • Sunday, February 25th, 2018 at 12:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Pistols 2 & 3: Holsters, Ammo, Semi-Auto Firing

    $49, pre-paid at…

Available For Afternoon PISTOL TRAINING Class! (Location Flexible)

  • Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 12:30pm - 5:30pm
    Location: To Be Determined

    Book a GROUP of 6-10 Students for PISTOL TRAINING - $49 per…

    • 3 people attended

SAT 1/20: NEWPORT - Radiation Preparedness

  • Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    One of our members wrote this intro about our 1/20/18 Guest Speaker in Newport:

Upcoming HAM Classes / Tests

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 @ 10:17pm

Not the easiest way to do this, but here is information for the Technician Licensing Class.  This is a intense cram session held on a Saturday, with testing immediately after the class.  Bring a lunch, water etc.  You MUST register with the instructor as shown below.  Don't wait too long, these classes fill up.



Here is the information on the classes:

These are some set dates for tech classes and testing for the 2018. All of these will be at the Spokane Fire Training Center Located just East of Spokane Community College off Mission, at 1618 Rebecca. All are from 8-3 for class 3-5 for testing. People do need to register for the class and testing by contacting Jack Tiley

Feb. 10, March 17, May 12, August 11, Nov 10

There will also be a General Class and Testing Offered at the same Location on March 17th, you also need to register for this as well.

LOOK! Up in the SKY! GeoEngineering! "Contrails"! (5PM Dinner Option)

  • Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA


    • 4 people attended

Homeopathy, RIFE Machines & Healing! BLANCHARD MERCANTILE, 5-8 w/ Dinner Option!

  • Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at 5pm - 8pm
    Location: Blanchard Mercantile, 26332 Hwy 41, Blanchard, ID 208.437.0450

    Call Deb (owner) at 208.437.0450 to reserve your dinner seat, or Russ will get yelled at!

    • 5 people attended

"LADIES FIRST" Gun Training, Pre-Reg Req'd at

  • Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 12pm - 5:30pm
    Location: GrabbaGreen, Neider & 95 in CDA (NW corner)

    MUST Register via form at! ;
    LADIES FIRST Gun Training is indoors,…

    • 4 people attended

Basics of SOLAR POWER - Free Workshop! (Optional Mexican Dinner earlier @ 5PM sharp)

  • Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

    Moved to this date from Jan 6th!

    Show up by 6:15 to get a seat!


    • 15 people attended

Goats Article: blue eyes, polled genetics, castration, and minerals

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 @ 5:46pm

Happy New Year to you and your goats,

Hello Russell Spriggs,

As 2017 comes to an end, I thought it would be interesting to see what were the top articles of the year. After all, my goal is to be helpful, and by looking at what people read the most, I can see what is most important to you. Hopefully I can produce even more helpful posts in 2018.

#1 Copper Deficiency in Goats -- This was easily my most popular post of the year, and I've heard from many people who've been helped by the information. They've overcome infertility in their goats, as well as parasite problems and smaller issues such as poor coat conditions.

#2 The Genetics Behind Blue-Eyed and Polled Goats -- Although these two traits are very popular in goats, I still see a lot of misinformation about the genetics behind them, which is why I wrote this article that explains exactly how you can wind up with goats that have blue eyes or are polled (naturally hornless).

#3 Avoiding Copper Toxicity in Goats -- Although copper deficiency is far more common than copper toxicity, many people are afraid to supplement with copper because they've been told that they could overdose their goats. This post explains the facts and the myths and misinformation behind copper toxicity.

#4 Goat Minerals -- If you're wondering why your goats need minerals, what kind they need, and how to provide it for them, then check out this post.

#5 Castrating Goats and Sheep With a Burdizzo -- This post explains why we chose the Burdizzo after trying surgical castration and banding. Not only was this the fifth most popular new article in 2017, it was also the most controversial.

What topics do you want to learn more about in 2018? Just hit reply and let me know!

Reminder: My new goat birthing course will be open for registration on January 8. Every time I close course registration or a coupon expires, I get emails from people who missed the deadline, so I'm hoping that by giving everyone a heads up, you can get on the waiting list, mark your calendar, and be ready when the course is open for registration.

Happy New Year to you and your goats,

Saturday - "Ladies First" Gun Class; 2 spots left!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 @ 5:13pm

Saturday - "Ladies First" Gun Class; 2 spots left!

At "GRABBAGREEN" . . . This Sat, Dec 30, 12:15 - 5:30PM, 405 W Neider Ave #108, CDA, ID 83815; $39 - Must Prepay & Register @ By Thursday Evening!!

Bring 2-Way RADIO to tonight's party / meeting

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, December 21st, 2017 @ 10:52am

in Blanchard.Starts 5:30, party starts 6:30 incl Gift-stealing (up to $10 Value).
Bring ham, FRS, GMRS, or CB walkie talkies for run -thru of emergency comms

Store Clearance!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Saturday, December 16th, 2017 @ 9:28pm

From: eric Sims < >
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2017 4:04 PM
store clearance

Hello my friend,

Please let everyone in your circle know we are changing our store dramatically.  Almost everything in the store is on sale and almost all of the "prepper" stuff including the medical and camping inventory will not be replenished.  If anyone is interested in the Wondermill grain mill I must sell three before the end of the year or I will lose my dealership. So if anyone is interested and is willing to order one and place a $100 deposit I will sell the deluxe for $176.00 and the basic model for $152. This is my cost with shipping. We are becoming an herbal store for the most part. We will keep some of the odd ball stuff but not much.

Thank you!


Bug N Out

Deer Park's Sustainable Living Store

Saturday Meetup, Sunday Gun Class

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Thursday, December 7th, 2017 @ 6:45pm

Blanchard Saturday: 5:00pm - Guzzle 'n' Grub: Monthly Guns, Gear & Gab Group - see website
Email or call me on Friday if you're coming, so the cook can plan!

Sunday's Gun Class is filled; next one is Saturday, Dec 30 in CDA; email me if interested!

Thanks & Blessings-

Welcome to LEE from Sandpoint! - Upcoming events - CERT News

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Monday, November 27th, 2017 @ 7:42pm

Thanks for coming on board, Lee!

Public Name:
Lee Lukehart

Town / Group:

Cell or best tel #:
208-779-2355 (mobi)

HAM call sign:

Skills / hobbies to share with this group::
Well, I'm a generalist at heart, which means I know a little about a lot of things. Some of the areas I know a bit more about though, are ham radio, aviation, graphic arts, database and web design, computer networking, personal and computer security, astronomy and photography.

What topic(s) would you like to learn?:
food prep (canning, dehydration, etc.) for long-term storage

As a Bonner County emergency response volunteer and amateur radio (ham) operator I actively promote the value of being prepared. As a technology expert and trainer for 26 years, I help others help themselves. I know knowledge alone is not enough; taking action is the key to preparedness, whether for an an impending storm or an unexpected disaster. To me that means having certain goods on-hand and skills on-board before you may need them. So first and foremost, I help teach personal accountability and self-reliance.

How did you hear about us?:
From Russ, naturally!

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

12/02 Topics:

  -  History of Oath Keepers

  -  Basic Solar Electric Components and Assembly!

Newport / Priest River Mutual Assistance Group (1st & 3rd Saturdays)

Location: 216 S. Washington St (Hospitality House), Newport, WA

We share the space and time with the local OATHKEEPERS who share our same interests.
 Please bring snacks to share, & a few bucks for room rental!  Our monthly presentation starts at 6:30, so show up around 6:15 to mix & network.  Email our members at: if you'd like to see who may be available to meet up at the Mexican Restaurant (3 blocks north) before the meeting, around 5PM!

Guzzle 'n' Grub: Monthly Guns, Gear & Gab Group

Saturday, December 9, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Every 2nd Saturday of the month

Blanchard Mercantile  -  26338 Idaho 41 · Blanchard

Just behind the laundromat sign in the metropolis of Blanchard!

FREE Admission, but MUST RESERVE a Seat by calling Russ, 208.660.8877!

Join us as we order a hefty dinner at a reasonable price, just enjoying each others' company, learning, teaching & sharing. Soft drinks, as well as six packs, are available for sale and my be consumed at the tables. Any firearms brought inside for display must be enclosed in a case, magazines out, actions open, unloaded, with no ammo. Bring your appetite. Bring your questions. Bring stuff to swap or for show & tell. Bring your safety consciousness. Constitutionally-minded Citizens, NRA Instructors, Gunsmiths, Dealers, Oath Keepers and Prior Service are usually in attendance, so feel free to ask questions!

12/10 - $39 HANDGUNS Class - See:

Attention: Fri Dec 1st - For those who are CERT Members:

WHAT: CERT After-Action, Year-end Review and Christmas Party!
WHEN: December 1st, Friday at 5:30 (Quick meeting then Party!!)
WHERE: EOC at BC Admin Bldg, Hwy 2, Sandpoint
POTLUCK : If you have the time and the inclination, please bring a dish to share with everyone.
If you are busy and does not have the time to make anything, we'll have plenty so come anyway. 

ALSO, Gifting Option-
If everyone is cool and wants to participate, the "Reverse Santa" gift-stealing, otherwise known as "White elephant" of $10.00 gift limit is added on. If I might add, I'd also suggest that the $10.00 gift exchange be preparedness in theme. This is not mandatory, only if you want to do the gift exchange. More important is your presence.

NOTE: If your schedule limits your attendance to the meeting only, no worries there, just attend the meeting. And the reverse works as well, if you can only be there for the party, you are most welcome, too. This is your event!  

RSVP to You can tell me what you plan to bring in case you want to coordinate. 

Here's a chance for June Class CERTs and new CERT grads to meet one another. It's an opportunity to find out who amongst you live closest to one another!

Thrive Burger, 45% OFF!

E-mail sent by Russ, PistolProf, Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 @ 11:16pm

Sent by member, Cheri:

Hi everyone,
Wednesday Morning the Black Friday sales for thrive life starts. They will sell until everything run out so order if you want it as soon as possible. We have a great selection of food and very tasty.
Make sure you click on the link below to order and when you open the page it should say Wilderness Survival store so that you order off of our page. It's so easy to get onto somebody else’s page accidentally.
Hamburger is 45% off!! It’s a great deal!!! Plus much more!
Cheri Legaard
Sent from Wilderness Survival Store LLC

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