Repairing the Pipeline for Rural Career and Technical Educators in Wyoming
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by Lane Wendell Fischer
9h ago
Hiring and maintaining a qualified educator workforce is often a primary concern for rural schools across the country, requiring local education leaders to create innovative solutions. The University of Wyoming’s College of Education has recently partnered with local community colleges across the state to repair a pipeline for future Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers at high schools and community colleges.  CTE programs offer students an array of skills-based learning opportunities for many high-demand industries ranging from construction, to nursing, to marketing. For decade ..read more
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Millions May Lose Internet Benefits If Lawmakers Don’t Act
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by Aallyah Wright / Capital B
9h ago
This story was originally published by Capital B News. For years, Leon Hudson struggled to get high quality home internet in the countryside of Selma, Alabama.  If he wanted the service, he would “have to get a petition, go to the neighborhood, and get people to sign it for them to put their stuff there,” the 50-year-old recalled last fall about what internet service providers told him. Hudson lives in a remote area with few neighbors. It wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a petition, let alone persuade internet providers to build infrastructure that’s costly and not economically feasible. Co ..read more
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Accidental Rancher: Shearer’s Dilemma 
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by Eliza Blue
4d ago
The annual sheep haircuts occurred this week, the earliest we’ve ever done them, and not a moment too soon. With the new miniature flock I brought home recently scheduled to start lambing in just under a month, it was either shear now, or wait until after lambing. Different shepherds have different opinions about shearing as it relates to pregnancy and lambing. Amongst my neighbors, most people chose to shear before they lamb. A few prefer to wait until after the babies arrive. For better or for worse, I don’t usually get to decide. Most flocks around here are huge–they number in the hundreds ..read more
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Q&A: Can a Small-Town Food Co-op Survive?
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by Olivia Weeks
4d ago
Editor’s Note: This interview first appeared in Path Finders, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Each week, Path Finders features a Q&A with a rural thinker, creator, or doer. Like what you see here? You can join the mailing list at the bottom of this article and receive more conversations like this in your inbox each week. Cathy Stanton is a former romance novelist, arts administrator, and ethnographer. Today, she lives in Orange, Massachusetts where she helps run her local food cooperative, Quabbin Harvest Food Market. She also commutes to Tufts University where sh ..read more
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Teacher Shortages (and Dog Sledding) in Northwest Alaska
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by Nick Fouriezos / Open Campus
4d ago
Editor’s Note: A version of this story first appeared in Mile Markers, a twice monthly newsletter from Open Campus about the role of colleges in rural America. You can join the mailing list at the bottom of this article to receive future editions in your inbox. Jeff Alexander was settling into retired life, after three decades as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Arkansas — that is, until a friend called with a unique opportunity. He took the virtual interview on a Wednesday in January of 2023, and received his letter of intent that afternoon. He hopped on a plane tha ..read more
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Review: Book on Rural ‘Rage’ Is a Grindstone in Search of an Ax
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by Dee Davis
4d ago
In White Rural Rage A Threat to American Democracy, Tom Schaller and Paul Waldman carry a grindstone in search of an ax. They just don’t like rural America. They contend that white rural America has too much power, that it is too highly regarded, and that the anger of white rural citizens is spilling over in a way that is driving the country to the brink. Citing a patchwork of public polls, the authors make a case that in rural America there is distrust of government, fear of socialism, and that rural residents, when compared to city and suburban dwellers, polled as more prejudiced against pe ..read more
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Across the Country, Amish Populations Are on the Rise
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by Sam Myers
6d ago
The Amish, a religious group living almost exclusively in rural America due to their agrarian lifestyle, have astounded both their rural neighbors and researchers with recent population growth. According to the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, the estimated population of North American Amish in 2023 was 384,290 (6,100 in Canada), a 116% increase from 2000. Statistics show that the population nearly doubles every 20 years.  Unlike some other Christian denominations, Amish communities don’t focus on converting outsiders (there are only a few dozen c ..read more
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At the Eclipse Crossroads of America in Southern Illinois
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by Olivia Weeks
6d ago
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in Keep It Rural, an email newsletter from the Daily Yonder. Like what you see?  Join the mailing list for more rural news, thoughts, and analysis in your inbox each week. On a hot Monday in August, 2017, my friends and I had a pool party. It was the very start of what was, for most of us, our thirteenth year together in our rural K-12 school district. As a group, we were cool enough to skip out on the field trip to Carbondale, and nerdy enough to be very excited about the astrological events that put our region at the c ..read more
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City-Country Mortality Gap Widens Amid Persistent Holes in Rural Health Care Access
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by Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez / KFF Health News
6d ago
This story was originally published by KFF Health News. In Matthew Roach’s two years as vital statistics manager for the Arizona Department of Health Services, and 10 years previously in its epidemiology program, he has witnessed a trend in mortality rates that has rural health experts worried. As Roach tracked the health of Arizona residents, the gap between mortality rates of people living in rural areas and those of their urban peers was widening. The health disparities between rural and urban Americans have long been documented, but a recent report from the Department of Agricul ..read more
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Sunsets, Wildlife and Limited Care: Challenges of Aging in Place in Rural America 
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by Colleen McNatt Engelbrecht
6d ago
Tehachapi, California, residents Mike and Joan McNatt discovered a quiet and welcoming town in 2007, nearly 150 miles from their former home. The empty nesters were attracted to the diverse climate, picturesque views and making a forever exit from the urban congestion.  While Mike was still working at the time, Joan discovered volunteer pursuits with her new faith community. The couple spoiled their rescue dogs, Pilgrim and Molly, and settled into a peaceful new chapter.   The town, located in Kern County, had every amenity they wanted or needed. Shopping, restaurants, talk of ..read more
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