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  • Abandonment

    Small Mexican farming towns such as Francisco Villa in Sonora are emptied of their young men when the lack of good-paying local jobs sends them north of the border

  • Contradiction

    Once in the U.S., immigrants find themselves in a land of contradictions, facing an uncertain welcome, sometimes even from other Latinos

  • Our Green Mountain

    A writer recalls the adventures he had had in Quincy, Calif., 20 years ago, when he was the youthful editor of a small-town independent paper called the Green Mountain Gazette

  • Big yellow taxi — in Duke City

    Yellow Cab is anthropology professor Robert Leonard’s poetic account of his after-dark journeys as a cab driver in Albuquerque

  • Educating the economy

    Western communities such as Lander, Wyo., are suddenly working hard to lure new colleges to town

  • Who will work in the West’s future company towns?

    As the cost of housing and fuel skyrockets, Bill Croke wonders who – besides immigrants – will be willing to fry the hamburgers and clean the toilets of towns like Cody, Wyo.

  • Whatever we do about illegal immigration, somebody suffers

    Philip Cafaro takes a thoughtful look at the impacts of illegal immigration on Colorado’s construction trade.

  • Down but not out in Missoula, Montana

    Kathryn Socie works two jobs and still can’t afford to buy a house in Missoula, but she believes that her life in Montana is well worth the sacrifice it takes.

  • Sheepherders flock to better-paying jobs

    Wyoming lawmakers are trying to pass a law to prevent sheepherders from quitting their jobs without notice in search of better-paying employment

  • Speaking up for rural Oregonians: Judge Laura Pryor

    Judge Laura Pryor of Gilliam County, Ore., has led the charge to create the Eastern Oregon Rural Alliance to help eastern Oregon’s small rural communities

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