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Old 01-21-2007, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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A friend of mine is moving from TN to Idaho Falls to work at INL. On an average day, how long does it take to drive to INL? She couldn't locate it on MapQuest Thanks.
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:57 AM
 
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They have INL bus that goes out there from all over IF and Blackfoot. I think that it is about 45 miles from IF. They do get some wicked storms out there as well. I had a friend that would never take the bus and always drove out no matter what.

I have been by there millions of times to go to Craters of the Moon but have never paid attention to how long it takes.
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Old 01-21-2007, 08:57 PM
 
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From Idaho Falls it's about 35 to 60 miles depending on what site you're going to. It's a big area. This time of year it's best to ride the bus if you can tolerate it. The road is narrow and the drivers utterly insane.

And give your friend my condolences They're in for a big shock if they've never worked for a government contractor before.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Thanks, but it doesn't sound all that great. it was mentioned that the site could be 3-60 miles from Idaho Falls. Is it really that spread out?
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:19 PM
 
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If they are working in town the facilities are on the northwest edge of the city. If they are on the dessert it's a minimum 35 mile commute one way. Like I said it's a BIG area.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:09 PM
 
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prepare your friend for very, very different scenery. DESERT DESERT DESERT! it also gets very, very very cold in IF. it was well below zero all last week. and the wind blows and blows there. I lived in poky for 6 years and had family in IF. it was a nicer town than poky, but colder. ugh.
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Old 01-23-2007, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Thanks for your replies. She'll be in the desert part of INL. Have a question, what is so horrible about working for government contractors? This will be her first government job.
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:13 PM
 
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Thanks for your replies. She'll be in the desert part of INL. Have a question, what is so horrible about working for government contractors? This will be her first government job.
Hi, the INL has gone through a ton of contractors in the past 15 yrs. Most ppl have either lost their jobs or had to do an early retirement after each change. The jobs at the INL aren't very secure at all. The jobs that are more secure are the ones in town, I call them "pencil pushers".

Out on the site she will run into a situation quite like high school with the "he said she said" stuff. I have had friends and family work for the site and many of them have either quit to go to other states or they had to take an early retirement.
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Walla Walla WA
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I read the messages here, but do not know what INL is? Is it a ski resort, state park, place of business or what?

Thanks.

Jet
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Old 01-24-2007, 05:29 PM
 
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Idaho National Laboratories, which use to be INEEL, ID National Engineering and Environmental Laboratories, and INEL, ID National Engineering Laboratories.

When it changes contractors it changes names as well. It use to be a major DOD and DOE site but has since been downgraded.
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