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Carl Segerstrom

13 March 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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In Portland, Oregon, a group of activists have come together to be the eyes for their community when it comes to oil train shipments. There is a surprising lack of transparency when it comes to moving crude oil by tra...

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Jessica Kutz

1 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A community in Portland, Oregon piloted a sustainable housing initiative that looks a lot like a micro-scale of the touted Green New Deal. While the Cully neighborhood's local sustainability nonprofit, Verde, already ...

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Ruxandra Guidi

31 January 2019

Boyle Heights, California, United States

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In Boyle Heights, a working class neighborhood of Los Angeles, members of the community have taken to the streets armed with clipboards and pens to document environmental hazards, zoning violations, and and other thin...

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Jane C. Hu

3 October 2018

Washington, United States

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As climate change takes it's toll across the world, volunteer scientists in Washington are helping to track the changes. MeadowWatch, a program made up of these volunteer scientists, encourages the collection of data ...

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Ruxandra Guidi

24 September 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A principal in one of the most park-poor and low-income areas of LA is imploring students to "find nature in the unlikeliest of places." By setting up a community garden, sharing a passion for birdwatching, and sparki...

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Carl Segerstrom

5 September 2018

Dufur, Oregon, United States

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In the town of Dufur, Oregon, local residents have been acting as firefighters to protect their fields and homes, using farming equipment to bury dry vegetation and tanks of water to put out the flames. While this has...

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Carl Segerstrom

20 August 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The group Truckers Against Trafficking launched in 2009 to enlist the help of truck drivers to spot and report cases of human trafficking, which was common at many truck stops. The group trains truckers through video ...

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Zachariah Bryan

25 July 2018

Montana, United States

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In rural areas, access to mental health care can be a challenge, but Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network connects rural patients to mental health services in Billings through live video. Video consultations can spare...

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Melody Martinsen

24 July 2018

Montana, United States

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Making space for mental health awareness in school curricula aids in suicide prevention among teens. Schools in rural Montana have begun to adopt the Youth Aware of Mental Health program (YAM), which originated in Swe...

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Kathi Beeks

17 July 2018

Montana, United States

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Trauma-informed care and social support systems encourage resilience in the face of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). With evidence of strong links between childhood trauma and long-term health, behavioral, and ev...

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Alex Sakariassen

14 July 2018

Mirebalais, Haiti

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Although Haiti and Montana appear to be vastly different places, they have a few important things in common; they are geographically rural, they both face high rates of mental illness and a shortage of mental health c...

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Zoie Koostra

13 July 2018

Seeley Lake, Montana, United States

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Having a trusted network of adult mentors promotes social engagement and resilience in kids. The Kaleidoscope Connect program in Seeley Lake, Montana teaches seventh and eighth grade students the importance of trusted...

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James S. Rosien

12 July 2018

Anaconda, Montana, United States

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Pintler Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Montana trains community members in a mental health first aid method called QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer. The state of Montana is encouraging citizens who regularly intera...

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Eric Dietrich

10 July 2018

Ronan, Montana, United States

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In rural Montana, peer support groups for addiction recovery are gaining ground as a State Senate bill formalizes peer support specialists as a profession. Despite higher rates of mental health issues and addiction, f...

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Maya L. Kapoor

29 June 2018

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Ecological restoration has primarily been defined as redirecting the land back to what it used to be in terms of wildlife and plant life. However, with climate change altering the earth's landscape, many scientists an...

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Carl Segerstrom

11 May 2018

Montrose, Colorado, United States

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Thanks in part to the advancement of technology and federal reforms that now streamline a previously lengthy process, rural Colorado is proving to be a prime candidate for small hydropower projects.

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Anthony Moreno

12 April 2018

Melrose, New Mexico, United States

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For over sixteen years Melrose Municipal Schools, a small rural school district which oversees the students of Melrose, New Mexico, sets aside funds for the Supercomputing Challenge, an annual science and engineering...

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Leah Todd

6 April 2018

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Across the United States, tribal lands have the lowest access to internet, an issue that restricts opportunity and education in those areas. In New Mexico, several small tribes have partnered to lay fiber-optic cables...

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Lewis Kendall

28 March 2018

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Bozeman, Montana looks to Fort Collins, Colorado for strategies on what to do -- and what not to do -- when tackling urban planning for rapid expansion. While Fort Collins planned for growth by creating tasks forces t...

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Maddy Butcher

20 February 2018

Mancos, Colorado, United States

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In Mancos, Colorado, the school board voted “no” to arming school staff in the traditionally Western town. Across the United States, the question of arming teachers is being brought up as a response to the increase in...

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Mark Fogarty

5 February 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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A private company called Travois acts as a bridge between tribes and private investors in order to help make affordable housing more accessible in tribal homelands across the West. The company brings investors to trib...

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Eric Dietrich

10 January 2018

Philipsburg, Montana, United States

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While many rural towns have struggled to retain residents and jobs, Philipsburg, Montana has enjoyed a newly bustling downtown because of tourism brought to the town by businesses with long-term advertising and renewa...

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Eric Dietrich

9 January 2018

Libby, Montana, United States

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Despite the brain drain struggle that some Montana small towns face, young professionals are finding reasons to move back to the state and towns they call home. Some towns have tried specific strategies, such as promo...

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Maya L. Kapoor

11 December 2017

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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As wildfires become increasingly more prevalent and powerful, researchers in New Mexico are turning their attention to mitigation successes from ancestral generations. By implementing some of these methods such as sel...

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John Miller

31 October 2017

Farmington, New Mexico, United States

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Small towns like Farmington, New Mexico take advantage of federal funds from Main Street America and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Act in order to revitalize their town centers and boost their local economies. Farmin...

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