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my dh just applied for a job at Cooley Dam so we would be moving there this spring. I am looking for info on crunchy living in that are. I am looking for midwifes in particular and also neighborhood info. We are looking at moving to Davenport because its in the middle, he will be driving one way to work and me the other to school.

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I don't know much about the Cooley/Davenport area, but just wanted to welcome you to the Spokane area! If you search MDC for spokane threads you will come up with tons of information about the area. I'm NAK, so I can't type a bunch, but didn't want you to feel ignored. Welcome!

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we havent moved there yet but dh got an appointment for an interview and they are paying for him to go down there so its looking good. Now only if I can get him into shape for the physical test.
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Currently I have NO IDEA what is out that way besides the dam, a golf course (in wilber) a tribal casino, LOTS of farmland (turns into scab land closer to coulee), a few small farming comunities and a reservation. From Spokane going west to coulee on highway 2 through airway there is Airway Heights, Reardan, Creston, Davenport, Wilber, and then I get mixed up on Coulee City, Electric City. I know there is a big to-do at the dam around the forth with a fireworks show and light show. There is a yearly sock hop at a little 50's diner in Coulee (dance, 50's inspired performances, contests, food, music, small car show, all at and in the parking lot of the diner). Not sure if it's still there, I haven't been in quite a few years now. All of the farming communities between airway and coulee have festivals in the summer with car shows, local produce and goods for sale, city wide yard sale, entertainment, cookouts, and such. i remember doing the dam tour a couple times when I was a kid. Am I the only one who doesn't really feel comfortable wandering around in the hallow tunnels milions of gallons of water is about to pour through? All of those towns are small enough that the community is really tight and I imagine they all feel very safe to live in. They are all passthrough towns however and most of the traffic is just driving through. Since those towns are really only have one or two major streets the highway bisects right through town. Pretty constant cars on the main drag... you wouldn't want to live right on the main street for that reason.

Closer to coulee you start to see some orchards crop up on the hillsides. Coulee isn't really a farming community because they land there is more dry but, Reardan, Davenport, Creston, and Wilber are all heavy with farming. There are NO chain stores at any of those towns out there. You'd have to make the drive to Airway or Spokane for department stores, chain resturants, malls, large hardware stores, electronic stores, sporting goods stores, bookstores, chain car repair places, new car dealerships, etc. Some of those communities don't even have a decent size grocery store. There is an albertsons and a harvest foods between coulee and airway.... and thats about it.

You're looking to have quite a communte. Probably an hour from davenport to spokane and about an hour from davenport to coulee. In the winter it's NOT an easy drive when it snows. The highway from davenport to spokane is one lane each way and the snow drifts over the road pretty bad. This winter it was completely closed for a while when we had extremely heavy snow. In the other direction, toward coulee there is a big desend into coulee that I imagine is a bit scary when it's icey.

Also, there are no hospitals in any of those towns. You'd have to go to Spokane for any major emergencies, surgeries, extensive medical testing, specialists, and probably for MRI, CAT scan, or ultrasound as well. There are probably some less mainstream medical professionls out there but, I'm not aware of them... but, then I never researched it since I live only 10 minutes from Spokane.

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OMG!!! Thank you Tracy you have just made me so excited to move there I would love a little hobby farm. We are from Fairbanks, Ak so we are very use to icy snowy conditions -nothing like -45 weather- actually tires stick to the road at that temp. Long drives are not that bad since for us everything is a long drive. We are looking for a home in Davenport since its a half way point. I am going to be taking classes at EWU. The place sounds so cute and just what we are looking for. I am only concerned about getting a good dentist and pedi. because I avoid medical care for myself if at all possible I found a birth center out in Spokane but I am concerned that there is only 2 that I could find. How is the crunchy community in Spokane? My Dh will need to rent a place if he gets this job, I will be staying behind in Fairbanks to finish the semester then I will join him..totting the dog and toddler with me. I am really excited about all this.
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OMG!!! Thank you Tracy you have just made me so excited to move there I would love a little hobby farm. We are from Fairbanks, Ak so we are very use to icy snowy conditions -nothing like -45 weather- actually tires stick to the road at that temp. Long drives are not that bad since for us everything is a long drive. We are looking for a home in Davenport since its a half way point. I am going to be taking classes at EWU. The place sounds so cute and just what we are looking for. I am only concerned about getting a good dentist and pedi. because I avoid medical care for myself if at all possible I found a birth center out in Spokane but I am concerned that there is only 2 that I could find. How is the crunchy community in Spokane? My Dh will need to rent a place if he gets this job, I will be staying behind in Fairbanks to finish the semester then I will join him..totting the dog and toddler with me. I am really excited about all this.


here is a link to another thread about spokane a few other little towns around it. One I included in my post in the following thread is Cheney (the town you will be attending college in). It's a great little town. I went middle and high school in Cheney. Although Cheney is southeast of davenport (spokane is to the east) it takes about the same amount of time to travel to as spokane.

check out my post (post 5) as well as post 5 & 6 for info reguarding Cheney and Spokane.
http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1027211

There are very distinct areas in spokane. downtown is a mix of the extremes really. It has both money and poor. The valley is more spread out, more laid back, middle class. The near northside is low middle class, no extreme mainstream or crunchy. The far northside is middleclass and fairly mainstream I'd imagine. The lower south hill is poor. the edges of downtown, and browns addition (despite beautiful turn of the century mansions) is poor... most homes are converted into apartments . The mid south hill is, middle, middle upper and upper class.... and crunchy. The top of the south hill is split between upper middle and upper class and still pretty crunchy. BEAUTIFUL homes on the south hill. Old, amazing, old growth tree lined cobble stone streets. The outskirts of Spokane is a mix of all class brackets and I'd say fairly crunchy. Lots of hobby farms and land. There is also a big orchard and fruit/veggies growing community called greenbluff (it's not it's own town, just a general area) just northeast of spokane. There are groups in Spokane for pretty much anything you could want. For starters you could go to meetup.com and put spokane into the search bar. I'm guessing by your name that you are a knitter. A good pal of mine (an MDC member that lives in north Spokane) just so happens to be an avid knitter who goes to knitting groups, and has her own cloth diaper and diaper accessory business. She knits all kinds of goodies for kiddos and sells those too.

Cheney is mostly middle class and pretty darn crunchy due to the kinds of homes on the outskirts of it. It's a very quiet, safe little town. To the south of Cheney is a wildlife reserve and lots of farmland and livestock farms. Cheney is also pretty proud of it's rodeo presense. The town is a mix of crunchy middle class, college kids that love the little bars on 1st street, and hicks (the good kind of hicks with manners and animal sense!). There is also a knitting/spining group that meets somewhere around the Cheney area. I only know this because my aunt is in it and my mother used to be in it back in the day.

Medical lake is small, pretty crunchy, surrounded by lakes, but fairly low income. Not much going on there. Sleepy town.

Airway is interesting (thats where I live). TONS of new houses and growth, not crunchy AT ALL aside from a LLL group and a little family owned farm that has a little store that sells organic meats, unpasturized milk, eggs, and some handmade products. It's pretty commercial but, I'm hoping that as it increases in size, the diversity of personality types and lifestyles will increase as well. It's hard for a town to be crunchy when it houses a prison, huge casino, airport, airforce base, and the one and only department store is a super wal mart .

ok, and now I've typed too much! sorry for the rambling

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but just saying that we just moved to Colville and I work with some women down in that neck o' the woods....so lemmie find out some more info if I can

oh and hey, Ivy, isn't there a mama on www.spokanemindfulmamas.com that has a farm in Davenport....we could hook those two up...

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ok so I am so kicking dh's butt into shape so he can pass the physical test and mini boot camp for this job. Too bad there is so little to choose form as far as homes go in the coulee dam area. But all will work out as it needs to.
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ok so I am so kicking dh's butt into shape so he can pass the physical test and mini boot camp for this job. Too bad there is so little to choose form as far as homes go in the coulee dam area. But all will work out as it needs to.
are you looking to buy or just rent for awhile?
if you're wanting to buy I have contact info for a FANTASTIC real estate agent.
check out tb.com for a up to date selection of listings. Just put in your specs and click the red next button and you will then be directed to the page that allows you to narrow by city, zip, county, or area. If you get an agent they will give you acess to a website that has every single MLS listing. It allows you to see homes one day before they actually appear on the market. Make sure you're checking for homes in Electric City as well.

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