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Old 12-17-2017, 01:16 PM
 
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OP, you mentioned "medical care scarcity in GJ". Grand Junction is the largest city west of the Front Range, with a population of 62,000. If you can't find the medical care you need there, you certainly aren't going to find it in Montrose (20,000) or Ridgway (1,000) or any other of the towns you mentioned.

If medical care is not a priority, I'd recommend Cedaredge. It's a really cute town at the base of the Grand Mesa and about an hour from Grand Junction via Delta.
Good input here!

Regarding the hospital situation, facilities have increased in a very sizable way. The hospital in Fruita (Colorado Canyons) is newish--and first rate. My best friends wife had knee replacement surgery there a couple weeks ago and I'm impressed with their facilities. I haven't had any surgeries there myself but I've had my fair share of them at St. Mary's Hospital and Community Hospital in Grand Junction. All three of them have seen expansion.

Now as far as doctors and specialists, well, yes there is a shortage there. There's been a few stories on the NBC affiliate KKCO and the CBS affiliate KREX regarding people who have moved to Mesa County and have been put on a long waiting list-real long. The family practices aren't too bad but the specialists, well there are problems there. The Marillac Clinic is a Mesa County health care clinic for the very poor and they have a section for dental. Very good facility, they are a big asset to the community.

The OP hasn't stated if he's a military veteran but FWIW the VA Hospital in GJ is a good facility. They have undergone expansion as well, the only problem there is that some of the advanced surgeries they aren't set up for. In seperate trips over the last few years I've taken my next door neighbor and best friend to the VA in Salt Lake City to have procedures for clearing out their carotid artery.

Good point made by Dreaming of Hawaii regarding the small towns up on the Mesa. Cedaredge is a nice town as is Mesa, Molina, and Collbran. They haven't had the winter that they usually do, for that matter Mesa County is lacking in that department. We might get snow next weekend (might) the cold fronts that blew threw here the last several weeks? The snow level is usually around the 6500 ft. level. GJ, Fruita, and Palisade haven't gotten any snow so far this season. And IMHO that subject is worrisome.
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Old 12-17-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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OP, you mentioned "medical care scarcity in GJ". Grand Junction is the largest city west of the Front Range, with a population of 62,000. If you can't find the medical care you need there, you certainly aren't going to find it in Montrose (20,000) or Ridgway (1,000) or any other of the towns you mentioned.

If medical care is not a priority, I'd recommend Cedaredge. It's a really cute town at the base of the Grand Mesa and about an hour from Grand Junction via Delta.
Again, many thanks for the information.

In another thread on city-data, I believe it was mentioned that getting medical care in GJ was challenging. I do recognize that the western slope is isolated in terms of medical care (compared to Denver, CO Springs, and surrounding areas), and this could be a concern for some.

Overall, medical care really isn't an overriding issue for me, so I apologize for my mentioning it, since this was misleading. I am 64 and relatively healthy -- so far. I have no chronic diseases and am of normal weight. Except for a couple of surgeries recently (e.g., L ulnar nerve transposition and cataract surgery), I only go to the doctor for annual checkups. I have worked as a physician assistant for two decades, so I have a familiarity with medical topics.

I'll make sure to checkout Cedarredge. Thanks for recommendation and wishes of good luck.
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Old 05-15-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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I started this thread, so I wanted to provide an update.

1) I am moving at the end of May, in about two weeks. I have about 1.5 bedrooms of stuff (not much furniture at all), and am renting a Penske truck and towing my (front wheel drive) 2014 Honda Civic on a dolly.

2) I have put down first month's rent as well as a security deposit on a large studio apartment, located over a shop of the landowner. It is a large apartment ~1000' sq. feet), with a small kitchen and bath. It is located on farmland to the west of Montrose. (Rent is < $1000 a month). I think I am fortunate to find affordable housing with a month-to-month lease.

3) After getting established, I will get with the realtor (I have already talked with him months ago on the phone) and look either for existing houses or lots (should I choose to build a small(er) house).

4) To review, since I am retiring, finding work is not an issue.

I appreciate all the information that is shared not only in my thread, but also other threads on the Colorado forum.

One additional question: probably this winter, I plan to build a book shelf with hand woodworking tools, out of red oak. I think someplace in Grand Junction sells red oak. Does anyone have any information on other places in the western slope that sell hardwoods? There are several places in the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex (where I am currently living), but I feel like I have enough stuff to move without adding some "lumber". Please advise.

Maybe I will need to head toward Colorado Springs or Denver for hardwood supplies?
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:07 PM
 
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I plan to build a book shelf with hand woodworking tools, out of red oak. I think someplace in Grand Junction sells red oak. Does anyone have any information on other places in the western slope that sell hardwoods?
https://austinhardwoods.com - but that is in Denver.

Home Depot in Montrose carries quite a bit. Spendy, though.

I work with oak a great deal at my home in the Ozarks, but out here I use the locally available wood. I built a rather large bookcase/tv/stereo modular shelf unit with aspen purchased from a sawmill. It is easy to work and looks great. I even built a very handsome bookcase with beetle-killed pine. PM me if you wish for information on working with western woods.
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Old 05-15-2018, 08:51 PM
 
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I think this GJ company has red oak http://intermountainwood.com/GrandJu...Stocklist2.pdf
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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Red Oak isn't really common here. Might try Home depot, Ace's hardware in town, Lowe's In Junction or Builder Oriented Lumber Solutions | Alpine Lumber Montrose. Drive to Denver for supplies? You do realize that's a 4-5 hour drive over two mountain ranges. You can find everything you need right here.


Anyway, welcome. And the wind will stop blowing eventually...maybe.
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Old 05-16-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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Even around Dallas/Ft Worth, both Home Depot and Lowe's have red oak that would work for a bookshelf. Yes, it is pricey.

I do realize how far Denver is from the western slope. In fact, I will definitely be making that trip on occasion, since my 32 year old son lives in Denver (and has for the past six years). So I could pick up some lumber on one of those trips.

BTW, on the several day trip up there, I have decided to park the rental truck in an RV park. I am concerned about theft, and I feel that parking in an RV park is safer than staying at motels and parking wherever I would have to (16' truck plus dolly limits my options in motel parking lots).

jim9251--is this a particularly windy spring in Colorado? You are beginning to make me think that I am moving to Wyoming . . .
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Old 05-16-2018, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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jim9251--is this a particularly windy spring in Colorado? You are beginning to make me think that I am moving to Wyoming . . .

It stays windy at my house every single day until September. But it can be calm in town and 30 mph here. Afternoons are always windy.


The saying is when the snow is off Horsefly Mesa, the wind stops.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Pagosa Springs, CO
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this has been an exceptionally windy spring for most of the west slope. Its been driving us crazy here in SW CO. The change of seasons and a persistent storm track just to our NW has been the main culprits.
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