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More from the Matt Shea files: GPS trackers, a ‘provisional government’ and a hunt for moles

Already, state Rep. Matt Shea and some of his closest supporters have made physical preparations for a holy war, one that would help them establish their long-envisioned 51st state, their Redoubt, their Christian homeland. Numerous emails and documents, obtained by The Spokesman-Review through multiple sources, shed new light on some of those preparations and the paranoia that has fueled them.

Rep. Matt Shea endorsed training children to fight in holy war

Leaked emails, first reported by The Guardian on Wednesday, as well as a video on Shea’s public Facebook page, reveal the Spokane Valley lawmaker has had close ties with a group that trained children, teens and men in their early 20s for religious combat.

At least one of Rep. Matt Shea’s campaign donors wants money back

The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the campaign to return the money. On Tuesday, a spokeswoman told Spokane Public Radio the association had reviewed Shea’s social media activity and determined “his beliefs do not reflect the views and values of our organization, member credit unions or customers.”

Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled ‘Biblical Basis for War’

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian god as a “warrior,” details the composition and strategies of a “Holy Army” and condemns abortion and same-sex marriage. After the document was leaked online Tuesday, the Spokane Valley Republican insisted he was not promoting violence and that the message had been taken out of context.

Endangered listing proposed for rare San Juan Island butterfly

The southern end of San Juan Island is home to a species more imperiled than the polar bears of the Arctic and the tigers of Asia. It’s the island marble butterfly, an increasingly rare species that may soon become the 10th endangered species — and the second butterfly with that protection — in Washington state.

Camera stolen from Stevens County firetruck

Two thieves in Stevens County picked an unlikely target Monday morning: the firefighters at Stevens County Fire District 7. Crews from the all-volunteer department saw two young men in hoodies running away from a truck parked outside the station just before 5 a.m. Monday, Fire Chief Joe Paccerelli said.

Watching their waste

FISHTRAP — A yellow construction crane with a snapping American flag marks what could become a $25 million industrial park otherwise out of sight at the Interstate 90 exit here. Below the crane are 4 1/2 acres of asphalt divided by two sets of long, double concrete walls, and bounded north and south by pits pummeled out of the underlying basalt. There’s a drafty construction trailer and a recycled metal office building overdue for some sprucing up.