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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

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

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

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

Educating adults has generational payoff in New Mexico

Connie Flores never wanted to drop out of school, let alone leave in eighth grade. But like thousands of other teenagers who never graduate from high school in New … more

Where's the young West?

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

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

Incarcerated by addiction

Addiction, in one form or another, has been a problem here in Northern New Mexico for generations. But as opioids have entered the lives of thousands of norteño families over the past two … more

Stuck at the bottom: Why New Mexico fails to thrive

For almost 30 years, New Mexico has maintained an iron grip on the bottom rung of key rankings.   more

New Mexico ranks last in national survey of child well-being

Prospects for children in New Mexico are the worst in the nation, according to newly released data that rank states across 16 measures of child well-being. more
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