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Why is it always Californians that everyone assumes are buying all the property up. On my last trip to Montana, 90% of the out of state plates were Washington.
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Why is it always Californians that everyone assumes are buying all the property up. On my last trip to Montana, 90% of the out of state plates were Washington.
It might have to do with the high profile Californians that have moved there. One famous moron can completely obscure dozens of Washintonites...Washintonians...Washingtellians... what do you call them? I have a lot of family in Montana. Ted Turner, Hanoi Jane, Andie MacDowell and a bunch of the likes have come there and generally PO'd the locals. Ted and Jane showed up at a resturant my dad was in and... well it's a good story. My Neice is a disc jockey in Billings. Sam Elliot lives just out of town and became a fan of hers. She was telling me how he sent gift certificates for resturants for her and called the station all the time. I told her "I'm jealous. I've never had a celebrity stalker." They tend to stick out more than the Wasingtonodians....Washingtoners...whatever.
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Default Re: A Fat Wallet Runs Through it - by Richard Cockle

Boy I just love all the comments directly stating or implying that somehow it's unfair that some have more than others. Trust me, I'm one of the have-nots who, because of the system in which we live, hopes to be one of the haves someday. Having said that, the worse result of the situation described in the article is the infection of the ills those coming here are "trying" to leave. They (not all) come here for the quality of life I live. Yet, they (once again, not all of them) try to change things here to the way things are in the area from whence they came, thus creating an environment which, in my opinion, will lead to the same "lesser quality of life" they intended to leave behind.
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Boy I just love all the comments directly stating or implying that somehow it's unfair that some have more than others. Trust me, I'm one of the have-nots who, because of the system in which we live, hopes to be one of the haves someday. Having said that, the worse result of the situation described in the article is the infection of the ills those coming here are "trying" to leave. They (not all) come here for the quality of life I live. Yet, they (once again, not all of them) try to change things here to the way things are in the area from whence they came, thus creating an environment which, in my opinion, will lead to the same "lesser quality of life" they intended to leave behind.
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That article was written 7 years ago, before the financial system collapsed. Since then the price of trophy ranch properties has collapsed too. I imagine the phenomenon is not quite as pronounced now as it was then.
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It might have to do with the high profile Californians that have moved there. One famous moron can completely obscure dozens of Washintonites...Washintonians...Washingtellians... what do you call them?
We have a guy out our way that tried to close a county road (gravel) that ran through the ranch he bought because of the dust that was produced. The road has been there since the early days . . . and his attempts to close it failed. This guy was from Florida.

They come from all over. My guess is they want a private little piece of paradise. Not all of them total disregard local customs, but some do.

On a positive note: if your state has a stream access law like here in Montana, support it and work to protect it! Otherwise, public waters can be closed off.
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.........I predict that in the near future: The rich guys will buy all the good fishing areas and put up No Tresspassing signs!!
Have to keep the rivers and streams accessible from all the city boy, control freaks with all their perverted visions of what the country and wilderness should be...
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The article complains about $15/hr wages? Here in central WI tht'd be considered pretty d**n good! The average is closer to $10!
That's because we're here in the Midwest... Simple folk who can still figure out how to make a living off a small wage and still own an arsenal of fly gear... Priorities first... Amenities... Meh.
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.........I predict that in the near future: The rich guys will buy all the good fishing areas and put up No Tresspassing signs!
They don't even have to buy BLM land - they can just lease it, with the right connections.

When I lived in the Eagle River valley in Colorado, some hunting club from Texas leased hundreds of square miles of prime Elk, deer, sage hen, and ptarmigan land on the west side of the road to State Bridge - formerly open to public hunting.

Then after the fence, locked gates and "Posted -No Trespassing" signs were put up, they quit makinig their lease payments. It had to have cost a fortune for the fencing.

Fortunately, one of my buddies found out, and ripped out the gates with his truck. But nobody removed either the fence or the "posted' signs - way too many of them. But the locals knew it was open to the public.

It's probably still fenced today, with another group leasing it since the fence was still up when I left 30 years ago.
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