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Old 07-23-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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Are there any desireable towns for raising kids (first grade and jr. high age) within a one hour commute to the Fallon Navy Base?

My husband was offered a job at Fallon, NAS but I haven't seen any posts on what raising kids is like there in town, if the schools are decent and what the vibe of the town is...I know its tiny and rural, but that's about it.

This would be a permanent move, not a temporary duty station..we are not active military. It is a huge decision.

So, I was wondering if anyone could give me insight into what the kids do in Fallon, what the population is like, ie. is it mostly military and transient? Are the public schools decent (I mean caring teachers and supportive environment- don't care about test scores)? Are there movie theaters, parks, dance lessons, etc? We enjoy outdoors, but have never done most of the things I think would be popular out there, although we used to love just hiking in CO.

We would be moving from FL , near another NAS. Before FL we lived in Colorado Springs, CO (my husband worked at Ft. Carson).

We like the climate~ for the most part~ in FL, but we loved the people in Colorado soo much more; it is a really nice community with real down-to-earth, caring and conservative folks who didn't carry around attitudes and superiority complexes and not uber-materialistic FL has been anything but....

With all that in mind, any input as to what towns to consider, if moving to work at Fallon NAS should be considered at all??? After living east coast and out west, I feel we fit in better out west.

We would be looking for newer houses, not alot of acreage or anything, probably more "in town" than country. We love wildlife too, but don't know if we would ever feel quite knowledgeable/experienced enough to own horses, although my husband used to help with the horses at a farm as a kid a little bit....

Thanks soo much for any help and insight anyone out there can give!!!

Forgot to also ask about Dr.'s and healthcare....are there a fair number of dr.'s offices and specialists around? Thanks!!

Last edited by famlytree; 07-23-2010 at 12:39 PM.. Reason: had another question forgot to put in
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Fallon, Nv
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I grew up in Fallon and then moved to several different places on both the east and west coasts, and am now back in Fallon. The town is small, rural, with a lot of farming and ranching families that have lived here for generations. NAS is a 10-15 minute drive from town, and Reno is only 60 miles from here. Reno is where I typically go for shopping, movies, restaurants, and entertainment, but it's only an hour away. We do have a few cute shops to shop at, several salons, and a few good restaurants. We have Walmart, two big grocery stores, pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS and lots of banks, fast food and gas stations. We have a lake nearby, a lot of people like to ride ATV's at Sand Mountain, and there are lots of options for hiking and camping nearby.

Check out the Lahontan Valley News to read about our school district. It seems like there are changes being made in administration and negative articles are usually written, but as far as the teachers go, we have a ton of great people here who really care about the kids and are trying to make a difference in their lives. I think we have really good teachers for the most part. We do have a dance studio here, lots of kid's sports teams, we have free concerts in the park in the summer, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, small farmers markets... but keep in mind, Reno is only an hour down the freeway. Also, our weather is pretty mild compared to most places.

There is a hospital and we have several doctors and dentists in town. Again, some people choose to go to Reno, and if a specialist is needed you will probably end up seeing someone there.

If you are an employee at the base, you will also have access to a newer movie theater, and different businesses that I've heard about through clients who live/work out there. Hope this helps! Good luck!
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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I grew up in Fallon and then moved to several different places on both the east and west coasts, and am now back in Fallon. The town is small, rural, with a lot of farming and ranching families that have lived here for generations. NAS is a 10-15 minute drive from town, and Reno is only 60 miles from here. Reno is where I typically go for shopping, movies, restaurants, and entertainment, but it's only an hour away. We do have a few cute shops to shop at, several salons, and a few good restaurants. We have Walmart, two big grocery stores, pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS and lots of banks, fast food and gas stations. We have a lake nearby, a lot of people like to ride ATV's at Sand Mountain, and there are lots of options for hiking and camping nearby.

Check out the Lahontan Valley News to read about our school district. It seems like there are changes being made in administration and negative articles are usually written, but as far as the teachers go, we have a ton of great people here who really care about the kids and are trying to make a difference in their lives. I think we have really good teachers for the most part. We do have a dance studio here, lots of kid's sports teams, we have free concerts in the park in the summer, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, small farmers markets... but keep in mind, Reno is only an hour down the freeway. Also, our weather is pretty mild compared to most places.

There is a hospital and we have several doctors and dentists in town. Again, some people choose to go to Reno, and if a specialist is needed you will probably end up seeing someone there.

If you are an employee at the base, you will also have access to a newer movie theater, and different businesses that I've heard about through clients who live/work out there. Hope this helps! Good luck!
Wow! Lots of great information. Thank you soo much for your help!!
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