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Old 08-24-2007, 02:33 AM
Status: "Ex-Pat Oregonian" (set 21 hours ago)
 
Location: Houston
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I lived in LaGrande In the early eighties, Ive been through it and stopped in quite a few times over the years. It hasn't really grown much over the years which is probably a plus. I remember snow in June once I always liked Baker City a little better and may well look into retiring there myself. Another thought in that general area might be Enterprise or Joseph. I loved both when I visited a couple years ago. Scenic quiet, and peaceful are words that come to mind when I visit that side of Oregon.



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Old 08-27-2007, 03:22 PM
 
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I was just through there and found it very charming, friendly and clean. Stayed over at a cute little motel. Definitely would think about living there if I was going to be in Oregon as a retiree! Also went through Pendleton and liked that city very much. Anyone know about it?
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Champaign IL
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I worked in Portland and once when I was talking about how different the far Eastern side of Oregon felt from the Willamette Valley a gay guy who worked with me told me that Eastern Oregon is Mormon country, so bear that in mind.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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I worked in Portland and once when I was talking about how different the far Eastern side of Oregon felt from the Willamette Valley a gay guy who worked with me told me that Eastern Oregon is Mormon country, so bear that in mind.
That would only be an asset. Thought it was Mennonite country though!
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Old 08-23-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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I worked in Portland and once when I was talking about how different the far Eastern side of Oregon felt from the Willamette Valley a gay guy who worked with me told me that Eastern Oregon is Mormon country, so bear that in mind.
It's no wonder I can't find me a wife. The Mormon men are taking 'em all.

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Old 08-24-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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I worked in Portland and once when I was talking about how different the far Eastern side of Oregon felt from the Willamette Valley a gay guy who worked with me told me that Eastern Oregon is Mormon country, so bear that in mind.
Hadn't heard about that, but it is extremely religious, some times to the point of being scary. There is a reason the Rajneesh were able to stick around for so long, and I've recently heard rumors of a similar cult looking to start business near there. (I'd love more info on that if anybody finds anything.)

One of my ex's was from Union which is just down the road from La Grande. I enjoyed the look of the town, but I personally couldn't live there for long. Too small, too far from anything, too hot in the summer, too cold and snowy in the winter.
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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Hadn't heard about that, but it is extremely religious, some times to the point of being scary.
Only in your imagination.
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Old 05-23-2010, 02:44 PM
 
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While there are a lot of churches in La Grande (and surrounding Union county) and the Mormon church is certainly one of the largest congregations, most people have a pretty tolerant attitude. It's not at all "scary" - I'm not sure what you even mean by that.

Being that La Grande is a fairly isolated community, people have to rely on one another. What I appreciate about the town is that people don't really focus on one's economic status. I'm sure there are some who do but we just ignore those types ;-)

Haven't heard anything about a cult setting up shop. (By the way - the Rajneesh Ranch was located in Central, OR - more than 200 miles from La Grande - in a more barren and isolated area of the state)

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Old 05-26-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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Boise only an hour away? How fast do you drive? It is closer to 2 hours. and about the same for the Tri-Cities. Lovely town -
Indeed...Boise is about 170 miles from La Grande. To get there in an hour you'd have to be driving...well, 170 m.p.h.

In certain parts of Montana you might get away with that for an hour, but not in NE Oregon, where the speed limit is 65.
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Old 03-21-2011, 11:28 AM
 
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I am a single mother my daughter is 8. I have been trying to do as much research as I can. I will be attending EUO. I will also be needing a rental and a job. I am really hoping to move this summer. Can anyone give me any advise or direction? Thanks
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