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Old 03-14-2013, 12:34 PM
 
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Does anyone know if the air quality is any better in regards to the smoke in the summer time in Grants Pass vs Medford?
No difference. They're in the same valley.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Why don't you call Oregon DEQ? They may have info on their website but odds are the data isn't really informative.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Newport, OR
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The air is cleaner in Grants Pass. In Medford, cars need to have the smog checks and not in Grants Pass.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:28 PM
 
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Actually heard yesterday they are shutting down the DEQ station in Medford. Still waiting for confirmation on that.

Saphire, what about the Applegate Valley, Eagle Point or Sams Valley? Outside of Medford but still close enough to take advantage of the shopping.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Oregon
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Does anyone know if the air quality is any better in regards to the smoke in the summer time in Grants Pass vs Medford?
It really depends on where the fires are. Last summer, there were huge fires in Northern California which seemed to really impact the air quality in Medford, but we didn't notice it in the Grants Pass area.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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Like it says in Joni Mitchell's song... "Big Yellow Taxi" - You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone! I've found that people who were born here in large part, may not appreciate it as fully because they have nothing to compare it to. If they've traveled or moved away for awhile and then returned or unless they have developed enjoyment of nature as part of their value system a way of life - those can be exceptions rather than the rule. No offense intended here.

Us transplants who came from places without the dramatic natural wonders look at Oregon like a huge Christmas buffet. After spending a lifetime in scenic drought, finally getting my fill is like living in a vat of visual chocolate.

Well said.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Default Klamath Falls Wiki horrified us!

We were so excited when we stumbled across Klamath Falls. It seems to be everything we want in a place to relocate to. We are living in high desert in SoCal and it's extremely hot and dry. We are looking to move to a more temperate climate, with a good amount of rain, where it is possible to purchase a modest manufactured home on upwards of 2 acres for around $150,000. Klamath Falls seemed to fit the bill on all accounts, not to mention the stunning scenery!

But then a friend took a look at a wiki on KF and read that there is -TERRIBLE- air quality there because it's located in a basin. It said there are frequent inversions, and a lot of smoke from coal and wood-burning stoves. It also suggests that the sewage treatment center, 1000 ft from Walmart, is in bad need of repairs and the stench of sewage permeates the area. Klamath Falls, Oregon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Is this true? This sounds nightmarish for such a heavenly-looking city. We are very disappointed right now. We haven't really found any other place where we can purchase a nice house on a large plot of land for around $150,000 except Brookings, and that is way too remote with no shopping and not much in the way of medical facilities.
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Old 09-14-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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We were so excited when we stumbled across Klamath Falls. It seems to be everything we want in a place to relocate to. We are living in high desert in SoCal and it's extremely hot and dry. We are looking to move to a more temperate climate, with a good amount of rain, where it is possible to purchase a modest manufactured home on upwards of 2 acres for around $150,000. Klamath Falls seemed to fit the bill on all accounts, not to mention the stunning scenery!

But then a friend took a look at a wiki on KF and read that there is -TERRIBLE- air quality there because it's located in a basin. It said there are frequent inversions, and a lot of smoke from coal and wood-burning stoves. It also suggests that the sewage treatment center, 1000 ft from Walmart, is in bad need of repairs and the stench of sewage permeates the area. Klamath Falls, Oregon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Is this true? This sounds nightmarish for such a heavenly-looking city. We are very disappointed right now. We haven't really found any other place where we can purchase a nice house on a large plot of land for around $150,000 except Brookings, and that is way too remote with no shopping and not much in the way of medical facilities.
I'm not the best person to give details about KF but the northwest is subject to fire and smoke in the summer months that negatively impact air quality. It doesn't happen every year but this year was particularly bad. However, I would be very shocked if someone made the case that desert areas of SoCal have better air quality over the course of years than KF or virtually anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I will say I haven't noticed any particular problems in the times I've been in KF.

I'm considering the areas the OP mentioned (as an early retirement location) in her original post many years ago but have ruled out KF due to it's just too small and remote for me. Brookings would have better air quality due to the ocean breezes but I don't like that cool cloudy weather for most of the year and it's even smaller.

I want to look at GP, Medford and Ashland as well to see if they might be a good fit for us as we don't need to worry about working due to ability to live off investments. I'm leaning toward Medford but I understand you just need to be careful where you choose to live. Ashland seems fantastic for a small town but too expensive for what you have to pay to live there.
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Old 09-17-2015, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I'm not the best person to give details about KF but the northwest is subject to fire and smoke in the summer months that negatively impact air quality. It doesn't happen every year but this year was particularly bad. However, I would be very shocked if someone made the case that desert areas of SoCal have better air quality over the course of years than KF or virtually anywhere in the Pacific Northwest. I will say I haven't noticed any particular problems in the times I've been in KF.

I'm considering the areas the OP mentioned (as an early retirement location) in her original post many years ago but have ruled out KF due to it's just too small and remote for me. Brookings would have better air quality due to the ocean breezes but I don't like that cool cloudy weather for most of the year and it's even smaller.

I want to look at GP, Medford and Ashland as well to see if they might be a good fit for us as we don't need to worry about working due to ability to live off investments. I'm leaning toward Medford but I understand you just need to be careful where you choose to live. Ashland seems fantastic for a small town but too expensive for what you have to pay to live there.
In Medford there are some questionable areas on both the East and West sides of town. The areas around Columbus Ave on the west side are questionable. I would say that most areas south of Stewart Ave are in pretty good shape. On the East side, south of Jackson and east are pretty nice. There are spots of neighborhoods throughout the city that are questionable, and this can vary from block to block.
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix
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In Medford there are some questionable areas on both the East and West sides of town. The areas around Columbus Ave on the west side are questionable. I would say that most areas south of Stewart Ave are in pretty good shape. On the East side, south of Jackson and east are pretty nice. There are spots of neighborhoods throughout the city that are questionable, and this can vary from block to block.
Thanks for the tips. I'm working in Peru and plan to visit the area when I return to the USA next spring. I've been through there several times but never took the time to look around.
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