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Old 09-09-2007, 09:54 PM
 
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Can I find work in Hood river as a Carpenter/Home Improvement/Painter?

Is Hood River a resort area or is there actually a community?(school system, movie threatre, downtown,ect.)

I would like to know about this area. Kiteboarding seems very interesting.


I'm also considering Bend and Grants Pass/Medford.

I am looking to start as a carpenter/painter and work my way to a builder/GC. Out of grants pass, hood river, or bend...what is the most developing community with hope for this career to be successful?
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Yes, Hood River is an actual town and not a "resort area". I don't know where it got that designation. Maybe the boardhead factor makes people think it's a resort area? Yes there is a community, school system (my mother graduated from Hood River), movie theater (used to be a drive-in until 15-20yrs ago), etc. Not sure about new construction and growth, you would probably be better off in the Bend area. It seems to be busting at the seems with new residents who need new homes.
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Sacramento / KFalls, OR
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^ co-sign. I would also agree that Bend is growing more quickly, as well as has a larger population.
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Old 09-10-2007, 01:44 PM
 
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thanks for the information. Climate and recreation are also a factor. I'll be 24 soon so outdoor recreation is a big factor.

Is there kiteboarding also in Bend???

I would like to live in Hood River because the climate seems better and there is more to do regarding outdoor activity, but if i can't find a job there how does Bend compare?
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Sacramento / KFalls, OR
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...Is there kiteboarding also in Bend???...
I thought kiteboarding was a sport that requires a large area of water + wind? Hood River sits on the Columbia River and has a LOT of wind. Bend does not. Hood River is close to Mt. Hood; Bend is close to Mt. Bachelor. Hood River is less than an hour drive from Portland; Bend is 2.5/3. Bend is at a much higher altitude. I personally like HR's climate better, as well -- minus the wind.
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:08 PM
 
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is hood river windy all the time? even in town??? Is it huge annoying gusts of winds...so annoying that you cant stay outside,picnic, stroll around town without being annoyed by the wind?
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Old 09-10-2007, 05:28 PM
 
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is hood river windy all the time? even in town??? Is it huge annoying gusts of winds...so annoying that you cant stay outside,picnic, stroll around town without being annoyed by the wind?
I've found that the wind is predominant on the water and that the town (largely tucked into the hillside) is rather protected from the wind. That said, it is a windsurfing mecca for a reason.

It is not windy all the time and I've been there during days when the Columbia is sheet-glass. Also, during the winter, the wind is generally from the east and during the summer, from the west. The calmest days are usually those when the temperature of Eastern Oregon/Western Oregon and the Pacific are closest to parity.
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