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Old 06-11-2013, 03:25 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Hey, anyone here know what the deal is with Sterling? I'm asking on behalf of a friend who is considering taking a job there with the DOC. Frankly, from what I can tell about the budget problems, etc., it doesn't sound like a good idea - especially considering he owns a home here in Cortez and will be moving all the way across the state for the sake of this (entry level) job. Does Sterling have its sterling attributes? Sorry for the bad pun. But if he packs it all up and heads 500 miles away, it's not going to be a decision to easily change.

Thanks, everyone!
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:15 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Well...

Soon, Sterling will not be part of Colorado.
Will Colorado keep a prison in another state?
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Soon, Sterling will not be part of Colorado.
Will Colorado keep a prison in another state?
Sterling and many other small communities are great places to live and raise a family or at least they used to be. Why would you want to expose your kids to the cesspools that many parts of the larger cities in Colorado have become? Quite frankly the BEST of Colorado is the far West and the Far East ends of the State. I wouldn't give you a nickel for the area fifty miles wide from the front range from Pueblo to Fort Collins.

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Old 06-11-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I would not recommend a move from Cortez to Sterling for an entry level job. I would look closer to home.

An issue with moving to Sterling...(or any smaller /remote town) = JOBS... what happens when you need another JOB and you don't have the skillset / employer choice to stay put. Then you move (again). Not a cheap option.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:57 PM
 
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Soon, Sterling will not be part of Colorado.
Will Colorado keep a prison in another state?
Oh please. Just because a fringe group proposes secession and the news reports it doesn't mean it will ever happen. Ask my friends in the upper peninsula of Michigan how that's working out..
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:51 AM
 
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I would not make that move. The Cortez area has access to lots of beautiful parts of the country. Sterling has access to..., well Greeley is all that comes to mind.
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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davebarnes wrote: Well...

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Soon, Sterling will not be part of Colorado.
Will Colorado keep a prison in another state?


LOL! I'd forgotten all about that. Maybe Colorado just figures to let them go while still sending them state prisoners. We could save on the high cost of corrections, and Sterling would have a start-up group for its new militia!

Gunluvver2 wrote: Sterling and many other small communities are great places to live and raise a family or at least they used to be. Why would you want to expose your kids to the cesspools that many parts of the larger cities in Colorado have become? Quite frankly the BEST of Colorado is the far West and the Far East ends of the State. I wouldn't give you a nickel for the area fifty miles wide from the front range from Pueblo to Fort Collins.

I wouldn't call the Front Range a "cesspool," but on the other hand, been there, done that, and got a Manitou Springs t-shirt which I lost somewhere along the way in my travels. Trouble is, much of rural Colorado is facing some fairly severe economic problems thanks to the drought, etc. Personally, I think a move to Sterling is like going directly to jail and not even getting to collect your $200 bucks, thanks to state budget cuts and layoffs.

Mr. Rabbit wrote:

I would not recommend a move from Cortez to Sterling for an entry level job. I would look closer to home.

An issue with moving to Sterling...(or any smaller /remote town) = JOBS... what happens when you need another JOB and you don't have the skillset / employer choice to stay put. Then you move (again). Not a cheap option.


My feelings exactly, Mr. Rabbit! What's Sterling got other than the corrections facility and the drought? Right now, State of Colorado is cutting costs all over the place. DOC is no exception. I could see taking the job if it were 50 miles down the road, but like 500 miles? Better him than me, I guess. I hope I'm wrong, but I think my friend is making a big mistake.

jamesdenver wrote: Oh please. Just because a fringe group proposes secession and the news reports it doesn't mean it will ever happen. Ask my friends in the upper peninsula of Michigan how that's working out..

Or Texas, for that matter. Still, one can always dream...

cocaseco wrote:

I would not make that move. The Cortez area has access to lots of beautiful parts of the country. Sterling has access to..., well Greeley is all that comes to mind.

Took the words right off my keyboard! Work all day long in some understaffed prison for low pay and get off work to behold - sand hills and gravel pits? Meh, my friend is nuts. Hope he regains his sanity before it's too late.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Corona
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Sterling is a dust bowl with nothing going on. I drove through one time and it looked sad and depressed. I have been through Cortez and Cortez is better.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:09 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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And that's saying something since the traveler on Highway 160 going through Cortez is first greeted by the town cemetary if coming in from the east or else a host of bill boards offering medical services to ailing ex uranium miners if coming into town from the southwest. There's been talk of pulling down those bill boards, but they DO hide the invasion of prairie dogs which have chomped down every last bit of vegetation all the way to the Utah line. The average tourist just passing through is not left with the best impression of my town, but at least folks are no longer met with the sign to Highway 666 leading to Utah. It's been renamed Highway 491. I must admit though that I sort of liked having Highway 666 going through here. It added a nice bizarre touch to the general wierdness.

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Old 02-20-2014, 08:54 PM
 
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I BEG YOU, tell your friend NO! I posted both pros and cons in another thread here:

Move to Sterling, CO from Phoenix, AZ?
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