Items by Leah Todd

In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth
An influx of immigrants is preventing economic stagnation in the borderlands.
Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving
Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving
Some counties in the region buck the aging trend.
Why save the small town?
Why save the small town?
Cities may seem inevitable, but rural communities are finding ways to hang on.
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump
How a wave of retirees and a changed economic landscape reshaped rural politics.
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
Rural economies get high on legal cannabis
For some small Colorado communities, recreational marijuana is generating much-needed revenue.
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?
Lea County tries a different formula for rural success.
Digitally disconnected
Digitally disconnected
How rural students struggle to find internet access, and what one small college is doing about it.
How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes
How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes
Paonia High brings college-level coursework to rural students by partnering with its neighbors.
Native schools move forward by looking to the past
Native schools move forward by looking to the past
How a New Mexico network is building a new generation of native schools.
How to feed the masses in small-town America
How to feed the masses in small-town America
New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores.
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
In Colorado, potato-farming brothers are saving water by using cover crops innovatively.
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
A cure for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room
In Colorado, a new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises. But does it work?
Telemedicine shrinks the West’s vast health desert
Telemedicine shrinks the West’s vast health desert
In New Mexico, an experiment in treating stroke victims at a distance.
How to find its high-risk drug users before it’s too late
How to find its high-risk drug users before it’s too late
Rio Arriba’s health care providers are pulling together to treat patients and prevent overdoses.
How a police chief used compassion to combat his community’s drug problem
How a police chief used compassion to combat his community’s drug problem
The approach taken by Gloucester, Massacusetts, might falter in New Mexico, where it’s desperately needed.
Española has tried everything to stop drug overdoses
Española has tried everything to stop drug overdoses
What we can learn from the fight against addiction in a small New Mexico town.
Can Alamosa find a fix for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room?
Can Alamosa find a fix for the ‘catch-all’ emergency room?
A new movement aims to provide an alternative for people experiencing mental health crises in Colorado.
A video fix for rural healthcare’s challenges
A video fix for rural healthcare’s challenges
A program to connect urban specialists with rural doctors saves time and money on stroke treatment.
Searching for solutions in the changing rural West
Searching for solutions in the changing rural West
A new project looks to answer how small towns can survive a new era.
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?
A new collaboration seeks to ease wildfire’s impacts by thinning overgrown forests.


 
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