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SSIwillbebrokeby2010

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  1. karlsch
    08-19-2008 05:55 PM - permalink
    karlsch
    Hello,

    I retired to Baker City about two years ago after living in Alaska for 13 years. I had previously visited here and liked what I saw.

    Baker City is in a valley with mountains on each side. We are in high desert (sagebrush, not Lawrence of Arabia), but much of it is irrigated and various types of hay are grown. Of course it is ranch country, so you see a lot of cattle grazing (and horses). If you drive down a road outside of Baker City, you will typically pass by fields with irrigated hay and fields with cattle grazing. Then you might come to a hilly area with sagebrush and shrubs. Of course you don't have to drive far to get to the mountains with pine forests. Itís also just a few miles to a downhill ski area.

    Here is a picture I took from my kitchen window this spring:

    The snow on the mountains doesn't last through the summer.

    When you are in Baker City, you don't know you are in the desert. There are lawns and trees everywhere, just like in a normal city.

    Although Baker City is far from wealthy, it's really well maintained and looks really good. It has a nice active library in a newer building. The old historic Andrew Carnegie building has recently been turned into an art center.

    It can get hot here in the summer and cold in the winter. It doesn't bother me, but it would probably bother some.

    If you want fine dining you probably wonít find it here. There are adequate restaurants, though.

    There are two supermarkets (Safeway and Albertsons) and a Bimart store in town. There are plenty of various locally owned stores, too. No shopping mall. If you are a shopaholic, you will be disappointed. The nearest Wal-Mart Supercenter is 40 miles away in LaGrande.

    If you want big city entertainment, it's a 130 mile drive to Boise. Boise is the nearest major airport, too.

    Crime is really low. Violent crime is extremely rare. The last time I looked, there was only 1 registered sex offender in Baker county.

    Some people in Western Oregon imagine that militias and White supremacy are everywhere around here. The truth is, there are none. Although it is majority Republican, Democrats, even Barack Obama supporters, are welcome.

    The people are really polite. You can drive around town for weeks without hearing a horn honk.

    This type of life, though, isnít for everybody. Many would find it boring. Iím sure kids raised in a big city would.

    The main problem for people who want to live here, and there are quite a few, is finding a good paying job.

    I think that most of the USPS people living here are quite happy.

    If you have any questions, send them to my regular email: karlsch@usermail.com

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