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  •  Billings is the Capitol of West Dakota /snark (7+ / 0-)

    I'm in Western Montana, where the mountains are rather than the flatlands.  I don't know Blgs well as I've rarely had a reason to go there.  Hopefully others can provide more day-to-day info.

    http://www.billingsgazette.net/

    The Gazette is the paper of record.  It's the largest city in MT.  It's Denny Rehberg's home base, VERY red in Yellowstone County.  The Crow Reservation is to the east.  So are the sugar beet fields with lots of Hispanic workers.  There are race-based issues in Billings.

    A few year's ago Billings as a city got foursquare behind the local Jewish community when white supremacists started harassing Jews and defiling Jewish homes, businesses and religious buildings.

    http://www.jta.org/...

    When it gets cold, it gets cold as fuck and then the wind blows making it colder.  When it gets hot and wind blows, it's like a blast furnace.

    Laurel is to the west, with it's refinery.  But that's okay there's another refinery in downtown Blgs as well.

    If you like hunting, fishing and hiking there are plenty of attractions to lure you out of town.

    Welcome to Montana.  Oh, and get rid of your out-of-state plates as soon as you have a residence.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:31:40 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the info. (5+ / 0-)

      Currently we live in Idaho, and before that Utah and Texas.  My friends and family say finally the blue state girl is moving to a purple state, and they are all LOL when they say it. My husband and I both grew up in Norther MN  so the cold isn't an issue for us. We both love the outdoors, hiking, fishing and exploring the outdoors is what we like to do. We both have degrees that red states seem to want, so some of our best job opportunities come from those states. We have lived very remotely before (like driving over thirty miles to get our mail remote) so we know what that means. We just need to know the area...

    •  Billings, West Dakota (2+ / 0-)
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      Okay, so I'm in Western Montana where we seem to have more in common with Seattle than Billings. I do presentations in the Billings area from time to time, but wouldn't say I am really familiar with it.

      We travel with cats in the motorhome and never really have any problems.

      •  We actually are thinking of renting a camper. (2+ / 0-)
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        We have thought about renting a camper to move the cats, but that seems to be a bit extreme.  We also looked at getting a pet barrier to place between the back and front seats, but everything seems to be built for dogs.  We have moved often in the past, but our previous cats thought they were dogs (because they were raised by canines).  We used to take them with us for car trips, hiking and walks in the neighborhood or even just that thirty mile drive for the mail.  Our current cats have not had that kind of exposure. So we are at wits end trying to figure out how to move them-they are all less than three years old (2 yrs 5 mo, 1 yr 9mo, and 6 mo).

        •  If you have time, start taking them for short car (4+ / 0-)

          rides, asap to let them adjust.  When I traveled home with a cat every week-end or two, she got used to it and rode beautifully - just curled up on my lap for the trip.  But when I moved and no longer made that trip regularly, she got like most cats and started hating riding in the car again.  To start them out on a trip like that is pretty rough.

          But in the car, the safest thing is to kennel them - you could even get a larger dog kennel, so they have room and can share.  But leaving them loose in the car creates a HUGE risk that they'll slip out when a door or window is open.  If that happens, you'll likely never see them again.

          Once you've reached your new home, keep them inside for several weeks, including the outdoor one, so they'll recognize they belong there.  Otherwise, again, you might never see them again.

          Good luck to both you and your babies.

          "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

          by gustynpip on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:01:01 AM PDT

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        •  call a good vet you trust (1+ / 0-)
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          and ask for "calming treats" recommendations.
          My son has moved all the way across Texas 3 times now. What he does is drop his cats off with us (in the middle) until, in the new place, he's got their place (cat-percolator fountain, litter box, climbing tree) all set up. Then he gives them a calming treat and a ride in a carrier.
          I don't think I'd want to carry cats more than five or six hours in a moving vehicle.

          LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

          by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:09:05 AM PDT

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          •  true story (1+ / 0-)
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            i recently made a 5.5-hour trip with a kitteh, sans treats.  she was really unhappy in the carrier, and rather than trying to jam my hand all up inz to pet and calm her, i just put her in my lap and kinda made it clear that it was my lap or the box.  

            she chilled out and sat in my lap the whole way.  obviously, mileage will vary, and i wasn't driving.

            but it worked for us somehow.

            Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

            by Cedwyn on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:05:28 AM PDT

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            •  Our elderest, a 1994 kitten, will ride in the (1+ / 0-)
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              pickup, around the block, once in awhile. Upon arrival home, though, he always gets down on his belly, kisses the round and rolls around on it. I think it's incipient motion-sickness -- cats who grow up riding in cars don't seem to mind it as much as cats who don't.

              LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

              by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:26:27 AM PDT

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