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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Dust off your survival skills

    Dust off your survival skills

    In tough economic times like these, we could learn a lot from our pioneer ancestors, who managed to survive – and thrive – in a harsh Western landscape.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Selling peace on the street in Flagstaff, Arizona

    In front of the Flagstaff post office, Mary Sojourner talks to strangers about ending the war in Iraq and feeding the hungry.

  • Slumdog U.S.A.

    Slumdog U.S.A.

    Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India. But they exist here, too.

  • Tarp Nation

    Tarp Nation

    Throughout the West, tent cities and shantytowns with names like Taco Flat have sprung up to house the poor and dispossessed.

  • Tent cities and what they tell us

    Tent cities and what they tell us

    Most Americans associate slums with places like Mumbai, India, but all over the West, tent cities and shantytowns are springing up to house the dispossessed.

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