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  • Rural Education 2.0

    Rural Education 2.0

    Tiny Vilas, Colo., thought it was a great idea to open an online school and enroll at-risk students from far-away Denver – but neither the students nor the school district ended up scoring well at report card time

  • A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West

    When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.

  • The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    The great New Mexican juniper massacre

    On public land in New Mexico, firewood-hunters have illegally cut down hundreds of old-growth juniper trees, much to the dismay of the Bureau of Land Management and environmental activists.

  • The teenagers we're not helping

    The teenagers we're not helping

    The West's gay teenagers are too often ignored -- abandoned by their families to live on the streets or in overcrowded homeless shelters.

  • Conservative legislator takes on Wal-Mart

    Idaho’s Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Bruce Newcomb, wants to force Wal-Mart to either provide health insurance for its Idaho employees or reimburse the state for providing Medicaid coverage

  • A do-it-yourself Christmas tradition

    A do-it-yourself Christmas tradition

    How do you make Christmas meaningful? Help someone you've never even met.

  • Times are tough all over

    Times are tough all over

    Where's the compassion for the poor bullied 1 percent of the world -- the rich people who just aren't as rich as they ought to be?

  • The painful beauty of love

    Melanie Rae Thon's short stories, gathered in her collection In This Light, paint a desolate and tender picture of the West.

  • Problems in Paradise

    The brutal murder of a Japanese tourist shines an unwelcome spotlight on the social problems plaguing Arizona’s beautiful but troubled Havasupai Reservation

  • The persistence of a golden time in the West

    The persistence of a golden time in the West

    Seventy years after the publication of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, migrant workers still roam the West, eking out a tough living in its orchards and farm fields.

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