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Old 09-13-2006, 06:35 AM
 
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I am an empty nester considering moving to Durango with my 2 horses. I only saw 2 part time positions available online at Mercy Regional. I hope those aren't the only opportunities available to me in the area. Does anyone know of any other leads I could check into? My interests are varied from Cardiology to Home Hospice. Thanks for reading,

Mich in Mich

PS I will be out in Oct. to visit and look for property.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:37 AM
 
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Mercy has just opened a large hospital in Durango and I know they are hiring. There are medical centers and surgical centers in Durango too that hire nurses. There is a new surgical center that recently opened as well, Animas Surgical Center, not to mention nursing homes, medical complexes and so forth. You won't have any trouble getting a job in Durango.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:28 PM
 
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Thank you for the reply. I plan to visit in Oct. and I will bring my resume. You have given me hope!
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Old 09-14-2006, 04:50 PM
 
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mich let me know what u think of the area........I am single/almost 50 and want a good quality of life for my retirement years! But, don't want to go broke in housing and still need employement opportunities.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:41 PM
 
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You are welcome MichinMich. Also I heard from a friend in Farmington, New Mexico, a city about 50 miles south of Durango, is hiring big time at their hospital, with a couple thousand dollars sign on bonus, so you might try there too and when you can get on at Mercy, go there later, if you don't get in right away. Regardless, you have a great chance to get hired in the Durango-Farmington area. Good Luck!
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:08 PM
 
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Thanks again. I plan to ask a lot of questions when I get there. Sillygal what area of employment are you in so I can be more focused?

Also wondering- is water an issue? I don't want to be high and dry. Also does anyone know about hay availability or if grazing is adequate at some time of the year.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:14 AM
 
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MichinMich, there is more hay in the farm and ranch towns around Durango than any place I have ever seen. Durango proper doesn't, but there are a lot of small ranch towns around Durango and hay will not be a problem. Cortez has a large amount of horses and you will see them all over the place, out in pastures and such. There is plenty of water in Durango, but as you go toward the New Mexico border, it gets more desert so that may be a problem in some areas out that way. There are creeks, rivers, streams and lakes all over La Plata County and Montezuma County, where Durango and Cortez are located. I would pay an inspector to make sure the well has plenty of water, because in certain areas like Rafter J, water can be harder to get. Mostly though in those counties, water isn't an issue, just in certain areas.
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:11 PM
 
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MichinMich, there is more hay in the farm and ranch towns around Durango than any place I have ever seen.
Is this really true? More than any other place in CO?
(Curious because I'm interested in looking at some horse property there very soon)
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Old 09-18-2006, 01:34 AM
 
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Abcde, you will see more hay trucks then you will care to ever see! Yes the area is hay and horse country. There are many hay farms in the area. Florida Mesa, Bayfield, Cortez, Mancos, all over the surrounding area of Durango is horse country. I imagine the horse population in La Plata County and nearby Montezuma County would equal many populations of humans in towns.
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:12 PM
 
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Default Mountain lions and bears...

I read in a website for Durango newcomers to keep livestock inside a barn (or enclosed shed) at night because of the possibilty of preying mountain lions. Is this really true? Does everyone bring their livestock (and all dogs, cats, chickens, etc.) in at night? Is this just for the rural areas or every where?

My horse can't stand being in a barn, gets claustrophobic, and the goat usually gets to roam around where ever he wants right now. Same with the cat - don't think he can stand staying inside all night. (The dogs are fine, they sleep inside.) But I would hate to have my pets become appetizers for the mountain lions - am I being too paranoid?

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