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Want to obtain your technician license?

A tech class will be held October 7th.Classes will be every Tues from 7-9PM at the Stevi Library for 10 sessions. At the end of the ten week session a FCC Volunteer administered exam will be administered to qualify you for your FCC Amateur Radio License.

Technician, general and extra class books are available through the club or at class for$29.95. Study online is also available.

If you know of anyone who is interested in becoming a ham please give them this information. Lawrence can be reached at 777-0238 […]

6 Ways To Make Fire Without Matches

from The Bugout Bag Guide Posted on September 24, 2014 by Chris Ruiz

In a survival situation being able to start a fire can mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully your bug out bag has a fire starting kit that will enable you to start a fire quickly and reliably. But what if this gets wet, lost, or used up? Then you will need some primitive fire skills to build your fire. Primitive fire making is a bushcraft discipline that uses simple tools and natural materials to create fire. Having this in your bushcraft tool kit […]

Survival Basics: Starting a Fire

from Backdoor Survival .com

It has been awhile since I have written about living a strategic life. For those of you new to Backdoor Survival, living a strategic life is something that I encourage everyone to embrace, prepper or not. As a matter of fact, it is so important to me personally that I co-authored a book about it, 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times.

In a nutshell, living a strategic life means that you are able to take care of yourself and your family no matter what Mother Nature and […]

adult ed class: preparedness

I am offering two classes for the Darby Adult Ed program this fall. Pre-registration officially lasts through Monday, September 22nd. If there are 7 or more registered, the class will take place.

One is a 2-hour short course called “Radio Communicating Options“. It covers walkie-talkies to HAM Radio with primary focus on emergency communications. It runs from 10-noon on Saturday, September 27th.

Related, but a separate subject, the next 9 Saturdays will have study groups leading to HAM licenses if there is enough interest.

Here is what the flyer says about my big fall class:

Being Prepared The […]

monster cookies

Dad’s Universally Acknowledged Greatest Cookies Ever Created

1 1/4 cups (2 ½ sticks) Horizon unsalted organic butter 1/2 cup Sucanat 3/4 cup C&H golden brown cane sugar (packed) 2 fresh organic eggs from range chickens 1 tbs Cooks organic vanilla 2 1/4 cups organic whole wheat flour 1 tsp Arm & Hammer baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 2 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp Hain evaporated sea salt 1/4 tsp nutmeg 2 cups quick oats 1 cup raw, unsalted, organic nuts, chopped fine (almonds, walnuts, cashews …) 3/4 cup (9 oz. pkg) Sunspire organic chocolate chips, frozen

preheat oven […]


Mozilla Firefox, the hugely popular free Internet browser has a built-in pop-up blocker.

Open the Menu, Click on “preferences”, then “Content” and check the box [x] Block pop-up windows.

The problem is you still get annoying, dancing, moving garbage ads.

Today I got fed up enough to bang around looking to put a stop to that, or at least some more of it than the built-in pop-up blocker was doing for me.

I am very pleased with what I found.

Once again, Open menu, but this time go to “Add-ons”.

Now enter “flash” in the search box […]

surveying the East Fork

Not because the world has some screaming need I am fulfilling, but merely because I want to… I slipped on my 14″ dairyman boots to walk across a river varying in depth from 10″ – 18″. If your math skills are average or better, you will correctly guess those boots were quite full of water in short order.

During last year’s low tide, in my first iteration, I staggered out with rattle cans and tape measure in a backpack to paint marks on the center support of Conner Cutoff Road over the East Fork Bitterroot. You can see the […]

feeling smug and toasty

Our new woodstove is starting to earn its keep and has me feeling a bit clever with a couple of my installation innovations.

First off, it is definitely warm in my studio. Actually, as predicted, a bit over-warm, truth be told. Sitting a tad over three feet from the cabin’s heat source will do that.

Darn-near everyone is eager to explain to me that noisy fans are the answer.

I’m more inclined to dress for the occasion, rather than adding noise pollution and electrical consumption to my heating system.

Back to my innovations.

I have been dragging a […]

Propane For Preppers

How much do you really know about storing and using propane? If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel.

In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unravel the mysteries of propane so that you will know everything there is to know about using propane as a fuel source grid up or grid down.

The series was written exclusively for BDS by my friend Ron Brown, who has taken considerable time to put together a comprehensive tutorial for you. This […]

infinite grid-free firewood

I finished installation of an efficient woodstove in our river-side cabin.

It is a small woodstove, but we live in a small house. This should easily keep us warm so long as we keep it fed. Nice that we have electric central heat on the programmed thermostat I installed.

Extra nice that we don’t have to freeze or leave if the power goes down on a cold winter day, days, week, or weeks.

Living next to a river that never stops flowing and a forest over-full with pine-bark-beetle killed trees standing gives us a really comfortable feeling […]