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Old 09-30-2020, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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I haven't looked recently but there is Life Flight insurance. That said remember not only must an EMT hail one but the helicopter must fly to you, package you up, and fly to a hospital. All that takes time.
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Old 09-30-2020, 04:24 PM
 
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There isn't anything but fresh produce you can't have delivered in Prairie City. Costco does 2-day delivery out there for those who'd rather not do Amazon. The local store does a good enough job of stocking basics and even has a pretty good little produce dept. I was actually surprised at how well-stocked that store was for being so small.
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Old 09-30-2020, 04:58 PM
 
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If you are a retired person working on a ranch with machinery and horses then accidents requiring life flight medivac are just waiting to happen. It's not something that people always think about when moving to small towns in the west, whether on the coast or eastern Oregon. But it is certainly something I would look into if I were in the shoes of the OP. It's not a reason to avoid places like Prairie City. But it's a cost that should be part of the decision-making.

Presumably someone from Vancouver WA is going to know that small towns in eastern Oregon are going to lean conservative. But you also find eclectic people everywhere. Personally I'm live and let live when it comes to people (business owners or not) expressing their political opinions. I'm more concerned about quality and service when I do business, not how the owner votes.

And I don't want to know either way. It won't make me support your business just because you like my guy (I don't actually have a guy in this election), but I may shy away from supporting you if your guy is someone I despise. Supporting you could be helping you fund them. I wish businesses would just keep their views to themselves, then I will choose who to patronize based solely on the service and product.
If you don't give me a reason to discriminate, I won't.

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I expect there are people living in places like Prairie City who just make a monthly run to Bend or Boise with a couple of coolers in the back of the truck to stock up on Costco groceries and other staples.
Exactly my point of bringing up the expense. Unless you spend time there you may not realize just how expensive it is and what you might have to do to counter that expense. Boise is a long hot drive in summer; I don't know what its like in winter and don't intend to find out.
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Old 09-30-2020, 05:24 PM
 
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There is no need for anyone to make a monthly run to Boise or Bend from Prairie City unless they want to or have to see medical specialists (in which case they might want to rethink living in rural Oregon). Might make sense for people with families to feed who for whatever reason doesn't want to order online, idk.

I spent time there, didn't find food to be prohibitively expensive, and never drove to Boise or Bend to stock up on anything.

Prairie City doesn't just "lean conservative;" it's lying flat on the ground on the red side. It's not big enough to have a minor-but-engaged blue subset like Baker city or LaGrande. Nonetheless, people just don't seem as in-your-face about politics as they are on the wet side of the Cascades.

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Old 09-30-2020, 09:11 PM
 
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It all depends on what you're used to and what you can afford. Maybe you can afford expensive food that others might find prohibitively expensive. I for instance, find 2.99 for a can of Progresso soup, to be prohibitively expensive. On the rare occasion I want to indulge in a package of Deluxe Mac and Cheese, I find 4.50 prohibitively expensive. Same with peaches at almost $5 lb. Even Baker City, which can probably 20% cheaper on some things, is pretty expensive on many others. Maybe coming from Eugene and Vancouver it won't seem bad, I've never lived there or spent time there so i wouldn't know.
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Old 09-30-2020, 09:34 PM
 
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It all depends on what you're used to and what you can afford. Maybe you can afford expensive food that others might find prohibitively expensive. I for instance, find 2.99 for a can of Progresso soup, to be prohibitively expensive. On the rare occasion I want to indulge in a package of Deluxe Mac and Cheese, I find 4.50 prohibitively expensive. Same with peaches at almost $5 lb. Even Baker City, which can probably 20% cheaper on some things, is pretty expensive on many others. Maybe coming from Eugene and Vancouver it won't seem bad, I've never lived there or spent time there so i wouldn't know.


My point was that Amazon and Costco both deliver to Prairie City and that there's no real need to run to Bend or Boise every month. There's also a ranch in PC where those who eat red meat (I don't) can buy beef. And even Baker City has a Grocery Outlet now. I doubt that a retired teacher will have any problem paying for food out there. ETA I don't buy these products at any price, but....

https://www.amazon.com/Progresso-Glu...=pantry&sr=8-5


https://www.amazon.com/Annies-Chedda...srs=7301146011

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Old 10-13-2020, 11:41 AM
 
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Thanks! I will do my homework before making a move. Grew up in a pretty rural area and have an acceptance of people and nature. Appreciate your time and perspective.
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Old 10-13-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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Trailgail- You came from Vancouver WA and so you must know Skamokawa and Cathlamet - to the west. Those seem like great friendly places and with all that rain- plenty of stuff for horses to munch on. I hope to live there summers -right on the river.
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:39 AM
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Location: Astoria OR
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Trailgal

I went to check out Prairie City this summer. Stayed at the 'Dixie Bungalows' airbnb for a full month. Here's what I can share; it was just about the friendliest small town I've ever experienced. The grocery people are very nice. The bar next door let my dog come over with me. The mini mart across the road is very friendly and has good bbq to go. The "Front and Center Salon" did an extraordinary job cutting my hair. She does get rave reviews online. It felt good to be able to walk to everything. I noticed the north side neighborhood looked a little rougher than the south side neighborhood. I was staying on the south side. The Strawberry mountains and Strawberry Lake are nearby but I don't know about equestrian trails. Did not see any riders anywhere. Deer are everywhere in town and it drove my dog nuts.

John Day has a nice large animal vet which is good. John Day is a beehive of cops. I drive an old police interceptor and even I got pulled over!

Hope this is useful. ^_^
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Old 12-31-2020, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Around and about
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I haven't looked recently but there is Life Flight insurance. That said remember not only must an EMT hail one but the helicopter must fly to you, package you up, and fly to a hospital. All that takes time.
And who is going to take care of your animals while you are in the hospital.
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