HI dogmom I'm curious what your definition of cold is, because I live south of Reno and it's pretty cold here in the winter. We can get snow on Memorial day.
Anyway, that said, Reno will be nothing like Portland in terms of crunchiness, but it's not bad. I live 50 miles south in Douglas County but I drive to Reno or Carson for some activities , such as Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement classes, and buddhist meditation, that can't be found in my conservative area. Even though I live in a conservative area, my friends and I all EBF'd (nine years ago) and noone seemed scandalized or anything. I took my daughter to a state funded infant/ toddler playgroup/parent education group and they were very much stressing and supportive of AP. With the state of Nevada's economy I'm not sure those programs exist any more. I know of several people in my county who had homebirths, and a few more who have done delayed or no vax,. Not the norm, but they're out there, and there are homebirth midwives. There is a food coop in Reno, http://www.greatbasinfood.coop/ as well as whole foods and farmers markets in summer. I think there is one farmers market indoors through the winter.
I have connected with a few people through River School that are more on the crunchy side: http://www.riverschool.info/ Walking around Reno you might think it was all mainstream but it just depends on where you look I guess. Fallon I know nothing about, but being so close to the Naval air base/ Top Gun it looks much more conservative to me, but maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.
Nevada is the top state for foreclosures so I'm sure you could find some reasonably priced housing. In my neighborhood, prices have droppped by about half. Not great for us, but for anyone coming in to the area it would probably be pretty good.
I really like it here a lot, mostly I love how it is so wide open and spacious, but I do miss some of the crunchiness from where I gew up in the San Francisco area. I go back there to really get my fill when I feel too out of place here.