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Wed., Jan. 16, 2013, 8:38 a.m.

Survivalists Eye Benewah County

A group of survivalists with a vision of a walled and armed community is planning to build in North Idaho. The community is to be called "The Citadel", a place where initial members, or as they're calling themselves "pioneers", envision 3,500 to 7,000 families of "Patriotic Americans" living. The group isn't taking media information requests right now, but its website has extensive information about why members choose Idaho and what their plans are. A map shows the plan is to have condos, houses, schools, churches, a bank, a firearms museum and amphitheater. According to the group's website, Benewah County in North Idaho is ideal for their community because of a low population density and "a shared world view with most of its liberty-minded residents: Independence, self-sufficiency and patriotism"/Jamie Gray, KTVB. More here.

Question: A survivalist's pipe dream? Or something to be concerned about?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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