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Across the West, more young people are moving out of rural communities than in. If viability for small towns in the rural West depends in part on cultivating the next generation of local workers and leaders, understanding why young people choose to move is particularly important. more
It would take a dozen more businesses the size of Rocky Mountain Metals to make up for the 600 jobs lost when the town's major employer - a coal mine - shut down 14 years ago. In 2017, Ratón is just beginning to recover from the economic devastation. more
Editor's note: This is the second year of a five-year look at Raton's economic development efforts. This story is a reporting project supported by Solutions Journalism partners and the Lohr … more
FARMINGTON, N.M. - Tara Churchill spent hours as a child peering through the window of her family's lumber store out onto Main Street. For many years, she watched as the center of her community … more
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