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NIdaho Survivalist Plan Creates Buzz

a statue of a logger stands outside an elementary school in St. Maries, near where a survivalist group plans to build a compound. The proposal is called the Citadel and has created a buzz among folks in this remote logging town 70 miles southeast of Spokane. The project would more than double the population of Benewah County, home to 9,000 souls. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios).

A group of survivalists wants to build a giant walled fortress in the woods of the Idaho Panhandle, a medieval-style city where residents would be required to own weapons and stand ready to defend the compound if society collapses. The proposal is called the Citadel and has created a buzz among folks in this remote logging town 70 miles southeast of Spokane, Wash. The project would more than double the population of Benewah County, home to 9,000 souls. Locals have many questions, but organizers so far are pointing only to a website billing the Citadel as “A Community of Liberty”/Nick Geranios, AP. More here.

Question: How do you view this proposal: Much ado about nothing? A black eye for North Idaho? Live and let live? Sign me up?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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