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    Considering a job in Lamar, CO. Anyone have any experiences or info from out that way?
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    You do realize Lamar is actually in West Kansas rather than Colorado?

    Flat, windy, dusty in summer, drifting snow in winter, western edge of tornado belt. The cost of living would be quite low, you're in the middle of the farming region of Colorado and you're 2-3 hrs to the nearest "medium size" town (Pueblo).

    None of these are presented as negatives - just a matter of perspective.

    If you're thinking it's part of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, forget it - you can't even see them from there.

    If you're into the slow, small-town lifestyle and looking for an out of the way place to retire, get out of the rat race, or simply hide from the world, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

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    I visited a few years ago. Met nice people. Real estate prices were low then.

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    I've been to Lamar a number of times. It's a nice place. It's about three hours from Denver.
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    RockyMtnScotsman wrote:
    You do realize Lamar is actually in West Kansas rather than Colorado?

    Flat, windy, dusty in summer, drifting snow in winter, western edge of tornado belt. The cost of living would be quite low, you're in the middle of the farming region of Colorado and you're 2-3 hrs to the nearest "medium size" town (Pueblo).

    None of these are presented as negatives - just a matter of perspective.

    If you're thinking it's part of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, forget it - you can't even see them from there.

    If you're into the slow, small-town lifestyle and looking for an out of the way place to retire, get out of the rat race, or simply hide from the world, this wouldn't be a bad choice.
    *cough* Fully 40% of Colorado is western Great Plains, rather than mountains.

    I lived in Lamar for a little when I was very young, and I've had relatives living there. I don't know what the job situation is like at the moment.

    Weather--be prepared for lots of heat in summer. Lamar routinely hits mid to high 90s.

    My grandmother said that Lamar was the "dippiest" town she ever lived in. Expect to slow waydown at every other intersection on residential streets for a drainage dip.

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    Flyer22 wrote:
    RockyMtnScotsman wrote:
    *cough* Fully 40% of Colorado is western Great Plains, rather than mountains.
    Exactly. Yet I still run into folks who think that Colorado is mountainous from border to border. Usually some of the same people who return from visiting Anchorage simply amazed that they didn't see a single igloo.

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    Depends on what you are looking for. Sounds like the geography has been covered.


    Do you like to hunt? if so, what?

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    opencarrybilly wrote:
    I visited a few years ago. Met nice people. Real estate prices were low then.
    One thing you forgot there Scotty. It's hot than hell in the summer.

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    eBratt wrote:
    Considering a job in Lamar, CO. Anyone have any experiences or info from out that way?
    You won't find any state more gun friendly than Colorado. Exclude Denver of coarse.

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    Used to hunt as a teen and I would love to get back into it. Also enjoy fishing. I've been pretty active with OC up here in Poulsbo (near Seattle). Going to be a bit cautious with it in Lamar if that is where we end up as it is a small town and I'd hate to alienate the town right off the bat. That's why I was curious if there were any OCers there.

    A bit frustrated that they require documentation of competency for a permit. Also, handgunlaw.us says permits run $152 but the county sheriff site says $52. Which one has the typo?

    Ethan
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    "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Mahatma Gandhi

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    I wouldn't worry too much about anyone having adverse reaction to your OC. The "worst" reaction I've had in all of CO is a very rare double-take. My one and only LEO encounter was a sheriff's deputy with an obvious case of gun envy eagerly asking me 20 questions about how I like my S&W 629MG and how much he's lusting for one himself.

    Documenting competency is usually a matter of having completed a handgun safety course within the past 10 yrs, hunter safety course, or the kind.

    You should joing Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association - http://rmgo.org

    Here is their page on Colorado CCW - http://www.rmgo.org/ccwguide/#Summary

    Unfortunately Prowers County's Sheriff enters all CCW holders into the Colorado Crime Information Center database as a "person of interest". http://www.rmgo.org/alerts/2007-ccic.html

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    Getting an error when I follow that link. That is of interest though. If I do end up in Colorado, I'd be interested in helping to push for legislation to eliminate that practice (from the alert I read from 2003, it sounds like that has been attempted but been unsuccessful).


    "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good" - George Washington
    "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Mahatma Gandhi

    As always, insert standard IANAL disclaimer here.

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    eBratt wrote:
    Also, handgunlaw.us says permits run $152 but the county sheriff site says $52. Which one has the typo?

    Ethan
    The $152 is the correct amount...$100 goes to CBI for your background check and $52 to the county sheriff....or vice versa.


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    eBratt wrote:
    Getting an error when I follow that link.
    Yeah I don't know why, of all the boards I read and participate on, this is the only one that gives me trouble posting hyperlinks. type them in rather than using the hyperlinks.

    Find Rocky Mountain Gun Owners http://www.rmgo.org and there's a lot of good local info there.

    Another good local source is Colorado State Shooting Association http://www.cssa.org which is run by a very prominent attorney who knows his stuff.

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