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Speak Your Piece | Working in Rural Requires – and Inspires – Courage

Rural people vary in many ways, but they share the common values of community, and they believe their communities can inspire courage. Rural people “do hard things.” Last week, YouthBuild USA held their annual National Rural Gathering in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The three-day convening opened with a welcome from Monica Zeno-Martin, YouthBuild USA’s chief […]

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Connection and Inclusion Are Keys to Santa Fe Youth Program

Young people in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, are picking up career and educational skills as they work to solve some of their region’s most difficult problems.   The Verde Community Project, spearheaded by Santa Fe YouthWorks, is a collaboration of 10 organizations, agencies and businesses seeking to create solutions to poverty and climate change in Santa Fe.  […]

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Now Is the Time to Worry About Net Neutrality

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Federal Communications Commission is accepting comments on a proposal to rescind net-neutrality regulations that the commission enacted in 2015. The current rules prevent internet-service providers from giving special treatment to some content over others. Net neutrality opponents (which include major telecommunication corporations and some rural internet providers) say the rules are costing […]

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Living a Good Life Beyond the Grid

When I tell people I live “off the grid,” I get a variety of responses. Many are some iteration of “Wow! That is so cool. But what does that actually mean?” In my case, it means we are not physically connected to the electrical grid. Instead, we rely exclusively on solar power and propane to […]