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I am getting ready to move to central Idaho, I like the Kooskia area and hope to find a place that will work.
Do any of you have any real estate contacts that I could contact?
Also any advice or recommendations for other areas. Is Elk City still stranded?

I hope to be moved there by the end of summer.

Thanks for any tips.
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Thirty three days behind the slide. Might have a lane open on Hwy 14 by next week.

The type of work you do will determine where you should live.

Check the net for Idaho County real estate.
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Wow that is a long time. I hope everyone was prepared for an extended isolation.

I am retired so employment is not an issue.

Thanks for the response.

I have looked at North Central Idaho real estate website and found some interesting possibilities.
I was hoping to find a local contact that would be able to help me learn about the area and steer me away from obvious tourist communities.
I want to be isolated but have year round access and be able to have a garden and fruit trees.
A fixer upper is fine as long as it I can live in it as I do renovations.

Thanks for the response and I wish you well in your isolation.
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Wow that is a long time. I hope everyone was prepared for an extended isolation.

I am retired so employment is not an issue.

Thanks for the response.

I have looked at North Central Idaho real estate website and found some interesting possibilities.
I was hoping to find a local contact that would be able to help me learn about the area and steer me away from obvious tourist communities.
I want to be isolated but have year round access and be able to have a garden and fruit trees.
A fixer upper is fine as long as it I can live in it as I do renovations.

Thanks for the response and I wish you well in your isolation.
Have you been to Kooskia? It's kind of dumpy. Fruit trees should be doable in Kooskia, Kamiah, Orofino, Harpster, and Stites. But you'll be down on the river and Hwy 13. If my friend can grow apples and pears in Grangeville, should be able to do it there.

I wouldn't say the area is too touristy at all. Campers in the summer, but no great attraction to draw crowds.

Elk City-Dixie is remote with year round access but the climate is tough on gardens. It's the end of the road, in the middle of the Nez Perce Nation Forest, on the cusp of the Selway-Bitterroot, Frank Church/River of No Return, and Gospel Hump Wilderness Areas.
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Check out Pierce, Idaho. I like it better than Elk City, and about as secluded as you can get and still have paved road access...
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Those are all places I want to visit. Plan to hook up my camp trailer and make a trip over with my dogs in the next month.
I am open to any area as long as I can have surface water on or next to my property and the ability to have a garden and fruit trees is a must.
I like to hunt and fish.
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Got my loan pre-approval letter and ready to head over Monday.

I am going to Kamiah, Stites, Kendrick, Weippe, and Grangeville.

I hope to move this summer.
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I used to live on the ID/WA border. The State has some great country and I really like the Panhandle. Winters are tough, and Idaho probably has more hillbillies than any western state. It is something to be aware of. There are some very backward hill people like in Appalachia.
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That's great, I should fit right in then.
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I used to live on the ID/WA border. The State has some great country and I really like the Panhandle. Winters are tough, and Idaho probably has more hillbillies than any western state. It is something to be aware of. There are some very backward hill people like in Appalachia.
Luckily Nevada has fine folks like the Bundys.


We are not hillbillies, we are HillWilliams.
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It gets discouraging when people drink a case of beer and burn their cans in the fire, trash up the place, crap in streams and do lots of other stupid stuff, no matter where you live. It just seems to happen more in Idaho. All due respect to people who live there.
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I hear it happens in Oregon quite a bit too.

When Nevadans go there as well.
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Just got back. Found one I really like in Weippe. Fruit trees and good garden area.
There are a couple in St Maries that I liked as well.

Hope to make a decision in the next couple weeks.
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Another question.

Do any of you in the upper elevations collect rain water?
The house I am buying doesn't have gutters and the owners say the snow will just rip them off. I want to be able to collect rain water but don't want to put up gutters just to have them ripped off when the snow slides off the roof.
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A gutter helmet might work.

This is what some do in Switzerland:


Snowslide can definitely cause issues.
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Thanks, I am looking at the possibility of using ice dams similar to those shown, if I can't use the gutter helmets.
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Well I am here! 18 acres of usable land with a few fruit trees, a small green house, garden spot and a few chickens.

I have decided to get gutters installed with leafguards along with snow brakes above the gutters. They will be installed mid-month.

Now, are any of you above 3k' collecting rainwater? I would like to install a couple poly cisterns but worry about freezing.

I also want to look at converting the house to solar and propane. Next year.

I am liking it up here so far but the rain today put a halt to my painting of the house.

Thanks for the help.
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You could mount the gutters on moveable slip joints. When it turn cold push them in under the eves, when it warms up pull them back out into the drip/run off line. Put a diverter valve in the downspouts so you can let the roof wash off in the bypass mode before switching over to cistern filling mode.

I'm at about 4000. It can snow by Halloween. It can rain on Thanksgiving. Usually any snow that falls after Tday is here until spring mud season. The last several winters have had rain on top of snow, then more snow, then more rain....

I spent almost 2 summer in Pierce back in the late 70's. Worked out of Headquarters.

Solar can be good for heating water. You could do a rocket mass heater with a 12 v RV pump to circulate the water in an insulated cistern.

I like propane. Wish I could have several 1000 gallon underground tanks.
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