Relocating to Republic Washington

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Foggiest

Acton, CA

#1 Nov 2, 2007
I have been considering relocating to Republic Washington. I like what I have seen on the web and local web searches. I am planning a trip up there this month (Nov 07) provided I can dodge the snow. What should I see, is the area polluted from mine run off, how is the housing market? Is down town Republic a place I want to be near? Is there group that support new arrivals? This is up coming trip is to test to see if the area is friendly, and see how I tolerate the cold. Thanks
EchoBabe

Spokane, WA

#3 Nov 17, 2007
Bad opening questions Cali-foggy...

Don't be dissing mining as an opening salvo. Mining is environmentally responsible and has been great for this town - it has provided hundreds of jobs and millions in area/regional tax support that has enabled thousands children to go to school here. In addition, mining has provided tens of thousands of $$ in donations to a myriad of local organizations (library, high school, hospital, youth organizations, etc., etc.).

You may want to stay snug in Cali with the sunshine and the taxes and of course, the Governator. If you choose to move here, please educate yourself better on the history of Republic so as to not be so offensive.

Best regards,

Republic Welcoming Committee (Mining Contingent)
Foggiest

United States

#4 Nov 20, 2007
Dissing mining? I read in the local paper the same concerns. What a warm response. I asked a simple question and get a lecture on the good mining has done for the town. I don't need the charity from the mining industry, I want clean water and unspoiled land. Your may be right, staying in California may be the right choice.

Of course people in Handford say the same thing, the birth defects and polluted water have nothing to do with the storage of radiated waste there.

Thanks for the peek at local politics. The angry of your response and the fact that you took the time to insult a stranger is telling also. Pretty bored huh?

Thanks
bmorte

Gig Harbor, WA

#5 Dec 13, 2007
People like you and your politics is whats destroying Montana today. Stay foggie in calif!
Embarrassed

Yakima, WA

#6 Dec 15, 2007
Consider the Tonasket area, it's much more progressive and enlightened. The only place to be in Okanogan county. (I however am heading back to California~ can't handle the mean ignorant people) Sorry about these nasty people's comments and good luck.
Embarrassed

Yakima, WA

#7 Dec 15, 2007
It says I'm in Deer Park, but I'm in Oroville, north of Tonasket...
Foggiest

San Francisco, CA

#8 Jan 8, 2008
Embarrassed wrote:
It says I'm in Deer Park, but I'm in Oroville, north of Tonasket...
Thanks

Good luck in the attempted to relocate.
JBRider

United States

#9 Jan 25, 2008
The reason that people want the mines here is that it is one of the only employers in this area. Most of the polluted water is from old mine tailings in the local rivers. If you want unspoiled land, we have it here, but you have to be ready for hunters, very Conservative (Big C) and religious neighbors in Republic. I live in Curlew and find it a much more 'tolerant' area with many more people concerned about the environment while trying to provide employment for the locals.
Foggiest wrote:
Dissing mining? I read in the local paper the same concerns. What a warm response. I asked a simple question and get a lecture on the good mining has done for the town. I don't need the charity from the mining industry, I want clean water and unspoiled land. Your may be right, staying in California may be the right choice.
Of course people in Handford say the same thing, the birth defects and polluted water have nothing to do with the storage of radiated waste there.
Thanks for the peek at local politics. The angry of your response and the fact that you took the time to insult a stranger is telling also. Pretty bored huh?
Thanks
Gene Park

United States

#10 Jan 26, 2008
Born in Tonasket and grew up on a ranch up Siwash creek and what I remember of Republic is that it is a community of very hard working people who couldn't be friendlier. Now as for folks wanting to move up here from California, leave your baggage at home and pull your heads out of your arses.
As for mining, most of the mining took place at the turn of the last century.(I also lived in Molson where my folks owned a wheat/cattle ranch around Sydley Lake.) And there was the Sheridan mine up Toroda Creek next to our summer range. That mine had closed a long time ago. General Sheridan had been an original stock holder when the mine was opened.
As for pollution, that would be the dumbarses from California.
confused in seattle

Issaquah, WA

#11 Jan 26, 2008
I have been contemplating opening a business in Republic for the past year or so. When I visited over the summer I met nothing but friendly and helpful people. However when I see the hateful and ignorant comments made by the brutally honest poster from spokane, I now have my doubts. I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with mining and would welcome the jobs and income it creates, but when a person is persecuted for asking a simple question in regards to quality of water and life then I need to ask my self if this is the right community for me to invest my money. To all the good people I met at the bluegrass festival and at all the local businesses I wish the very best, and to the rest, I have nothing more to say.
morning spirit

United States

#12 Feb 15, 2008
I lived in the Curlew/Republic area years ago, and found the people like any, from any small town. Don't let them fool you, there are plenty of Cali transplants there and many back to the landers'. The local economy has been severely depressed for many years and there are many on the welfare and food stamp rolls. Beautiful country, no money. No matter where you go, you always take yourself. YOU, would do fine.
Dan

Calabasas, CA

#13 Feb 20, 2008
morning spirit wrote:
The local economy has been severely depressed for many years and there are many on the welfare and food stamp rolls. Beautiful country, no money.
I also lived in Republic but in the 70's. I opened a business right on main street (Clark ave) Morning spirit is correct, not a lot of money in the whole county. It is a great place to live, but I believe the economy is worse now than when I lived there. I had to close my shop but fortunately I was able to get a job with the sheriff's department. Best job I ever had, but I got laid off. Had to sell everything, house in town and 14 acres just out of town and move back to CA.

Think very carefully before moving. Just not a big enough population to support a new business.

Go investigate the town of Levanworth (sp?) it is much closer to Seattle. It is thriving & touristy and does not rely on local trade. Check with the chamber of commerce on number of tourists every year. It will amaze you. good luck.

Since: Apr 07

NorthEast Washington

#14 Mar 6, 2008
Hi Dan, What years did you work for the Sheriff's Dept? I only ask because my husband was a Cop there for a lot of years. It'd be interesting to find out if you two knew each other. Thanks.
Dan wrote:
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I also lived in Republic but in the 70's. I opened a business right on main street (Clark ave) Morning spirit is correct, not a lot of money in the whole county. It is a great place to live, but I believe the economy is worse now than when I lived there. I had to close my shop but fortunately I was able to get a job with the sheriff's department. Best job I ever had, but I got laid off. Had to sell everything, house in town and 14 acres just out of town and move back to CA.
Think very carefully before moving. Just not a big enough population to support a new business.
Go investigate the town of Levanworth (sp?) it is much closer to Seattle. It is thriving & touristy and does not rely on local trade. Check with the chamber of commerce on number of tourists every year. It will amaze you. good luck.
EchoBabe

United States

#15 May 12, 2008
Foggiest wrote:
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Thanks
Good luck in the attempted to relocate.
Glad to see you're still in Cali, please stay there you foolish person!:)
Local Girl

Omak, WA

#16 Nov 15, 2008
I was born and raised right here in Ferry County only left long enough to go to college. Republic is a great place to live and overall we are a friendly bunch of people as long as we do not feel threatened by you. the reason that so many got offended by your questions is because you were only proving your ignorance by asking questions about pollution from the main source of income in Ferry County. When you offend us then you mite find that we can be pretty unfreindly. Its like that old saying I can pick on my little brother but you better not. I am proud of Ferry County and proud of where I come from and some people may think that I am just some hill billy hick but I don't care. Personally if you come with the idea that Ferry County is an unfreidly place then you mite find you are right. People will be friendly when you are friendly to them but it takes a certain person to be able to cut it here in ferry county most city people would never survive the small town life that I so enjoy in Ferry County.
Pearl

Okanogan, WA

#17 Nov 15, 2008
bmorte wrote:
People like you and your politics is whats destroying Montana today. Stay foggie in calif!
you are rude
Pearl

Okanogan, WA

#18 Nov 15, 2008
EchoBabe wrote:
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Glad to see you're still in Cali, please stay there you foolish person!:)
why are you being such an a** this person didn't diss on anything shove off fella
Pearl

Okanogan, WA

#19 Nov 15, 2008
hello Foggy
I've lived in Republic most of my life. Its a small town with one grocery store and three gas stations - three resturants = three bars - and many churches - for the most part people are nice here - i don't know about the house market really but there is a reality place that has a web site - its called Black Bear Reality the people there are really nice the nearest walmart is about 60 miles away and the nearest city is spokane washington its around 120 miles away -
are area isn't poluted from them mines and we don't have smog here either just lots of mountains and beautiful green trees

oh and we have deer "problem" here in town - there is a heard of deer that live in town - at any time i may have 5 to 15 deer in my yard - they are pretty to look at
just a local

Okanogan, WA

#20 Nov 16, 2008
Hi, Welcome to Ferry County hopefully! There is a great way to meet the community, the local Natural Food Co-Op. That's how I met a whole lot of nice people. There are also tons of arts events here. I find most of the people are great, native and new comers. Half of the folks here according to the census are transplants. Besides being already beautiful, this place has tons of potential, that's why I moved here. I encourage you to check it out. The mean folks just help one build character.
just a local

Okanogan, WA

#21 Nov 16, 2008
I hope you're still reading these comments. Yeah, part of our poor economy is simply not enough people to support a diverse economy. However, I do see more businesses making past their fisrt year. I'm glad to hear someone wants to come here to start a business, not just retire or live like a hermit. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Again, I encourage you to check it out!

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