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Old 01-29-2008, 12:51 PM
 
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Seems that Valygirl is one of the few who are enchanted with Grand Junction. I, too, am from Southern California. I would return to California in a heartbeat (although not Southern), but we can no longer afford to live there. We currently have a home in West Palm Beach. When we moved here it was quite nice, but the traffic and crime are approaching that of Southern California. And I am sick of the HEAT here in the summer.

What I really miss is the mountains and would pay with some snow in exchange for some fall color (not snow like Canada...I've done that too). From what I've read, there is some snow. But is GJ a valley? Seems like it can get HOT here too? How far are the mountains?

Any cities that are better than GJ and yet close enough to commute for work.

Any more info would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Seems that Valygirl is one of the few who are enchanted with Grand Junction. I, too, am from Southern California. I would return to California in a heartbeat (although not Southern), but we can no longer afford to live there. We currently have a home in West Palm Beach. When we moved here it was quite nice, but the traffic and crime are approaching that of Southern California. And I am sick of the HEAT here in the summer.

What I really miss is the mountains and would pay with some snow in exchange for some fall color (not snow like Canada...I've done that too). From what I've read, there is some snow. But is GJ a valley? Seems like it can get HOT here too? How far are the mountains?

Yes, Grand Junction is in a valley. We can sit in an inversion in the winter, where temps. rarely get above freezing. It can also be very pleasant in the winter, with temps. in the forties. In the summer it can be extremely hot! It is not uncommon to have weeks that are in the high nineties to hundreds. The mountains are not far. In about an hour you can get to cooler weather. The San Juans, my favorite, are about an hour south of GJ.

Any cities that are better than GJ and yet close enough to commute for work. Do you have jobs lined up in GJ? Fruita is pretty close and much nicer IMO. I also like Montrose, which is about 1 hour south of GJ. I wouldn't commute, but if you could find a job there I would go for it.

Any more info would be appreciated.

Thanks!
I think people who move here from California like the area in general because it is small. However, with the oil & gas boom it will only continue to grow. The growth is not planned and the infrastructure cannot handle it. Just yesterday I spend almost 10 minutes at one light (a long time by GJ standards) because one of the three bridges in town over the CO river was closed due to an accident. My husband and I will be moving soon. We are sick of GJ.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:31 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Is there a problem with crimes against women there? I noticed on several reports that GJ has twice the number of rapes per capita nationally and on another report it shows a increase of rapes

There were some shows on 48 Hours about Grand Junction and some bizarre crimes, I think.
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