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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Off To A Slow Start — But Not In Some Rural Areas
Some rural areas, where healthcare is usually harder to get, appear to be leading the nation in delivery of coronavirus vaccine. But health leaders are cautioning there are caveats.
Biden’s Win Shows Rural-Urban Divide Has Grown Since 2016
In the 2020 election, the rural-urban divide sharpened even further from 2016, with Republicans consolidating power in rural America which could help them hold onto the U.S. Senate.
Rural Hospitals Brace For New Surge In COVID-19 Cases
Rural “critical access” hospitals, often some of the largest employers in small towns, have been operating on razor-thin margins throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Even In Crisis Times, There Is A Push To Wire Rural America
The COVID-19 crisis has forced us to move almost everything online. But more than one-third of the U.S. population in rural areas has little or no access to the Internet.
Trump Administration Seeking To Overhaul Forest Management Rules
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow it to fast-track some forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning.
On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline
Western towns surrounded by and dependent upon public lands are forced to get creative as federal recreation budgets continue a slow decline. They are boosting local efforts to maintain public access.
How One Colorado Town Is Tackling Suicide Prevention — Starting With The Kids
Eight of the top ten states with the highest suicide rates are in the Mountain West. Grand Junction, Colo. has launched an ambitious effort starting in the schools to try and address the problem.
A Rural Colorado Coal County Was Struggling. Then A Tech Company Brought New Jobs
For the first time in years, Delta County in western Colorado is experiencing population growth, one indicator that rural Americans are increasingly feeling optimistic about their economic future.