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'I see people in despair all the time'

He could recognize the signs of distress in military veterans attending Santa Fe Community College, Gregory Scargall said, and he would reach out, offer support. But it wasn't until after he took an … more

Rural economies get high on legal cannabis

In Trinidad, Colorado, revenue from eight recreational cannabis shops is paving streets and helping refurbish downtown apartments. Across the state in De Beque, nearly a quarter of the town’s general fund comes from marijuana sales tax. In Log … more

The Taos News to host community forum Nov. 16 on education, jobs

The Taos News will host  “Small Towns, Big Change,” Nov. 16 — a community conversation about education and economics in Taos.  Since April, The Taos News has partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network — an independent … more

How one tiny high school hacked Advanced Placement classes

If you ask Colby Simpson, one of 35 seniors at Paonia High School, how many advanced placement (AP) classes he’s taken, he has to shuffle through a long mental list. He definitely took AP biology, and is taking AP calculus and physics, but did he … more

Native families get a head start with home visits

In the new trailer on Rotten Tree Road at Taos Pueblo, the floor underneath the long kitchen table is still unscuffed. New couches frame the living room. What would be the dining room is filled — like a lot of actual dining rooms — with kids’ … more

One small New Mexico college tackles the growing digital divide

Completing homework assignments is tougher for Aaliyah Juanico, 14, than it is for other kids at Farmington High School. Unlike 90 percent of her peers, Juanico doesn’t have an internet connection at home. Juanico can access the internet on her … more

Feeding the masses in small-town America

New business models bring food to towns too small for big box stores Ten years ago, plagued by equipment failures and increasingly sluggish sales, the only grocery store in tiny Walsh, Colorado, closed its doors. But the town’s 600 residents, … more

Staying on the land

Can a tax break for open space protect New Mexico’s farm land from development? Louis Romero has been through two knee replacements, a heart attack and a bout with cancer. At 73, he’s not up for farm chores any more. Romero and his wife, … more

New Jersey coalition could carry health care fix for New Mexico

A team of health care providers is canvassing the streets of Camden, New Jersey. From living rooms to underpasses, shelters to apartments, the health care providers are tracking down patients who just checked out of the hospital. But before they can … more

Gloucester police chief chooses unique strategy to prevent overdoses

The message from the police chief lit up Facebook in May 2015. “Any addict who walks into the police station with the remainder of their drug equipment (needles, etc.) or drugs and asks for help will NOT be charged,” the Gloucester … more
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