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Wufei Yu

29 October 2021

Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

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Tribes in New Mexico have enlisted over 70 goats to help clear dry brush, branches, and invasive plants, which can otherwise become fuel for potential fires. The program, which has been running for almost a whole year...

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Ruxandra Guidi

20 September 2021

St. Johns, Arizona, United States

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Unrealistic fears of a wave of youth violence left rural Apache County, Colorado, with an unused, costly youth detention facility. So the local courts decided to refashion the empty jail into the Loft Legacy Teen Cent...

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Jessica Kutz

8 July 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Casitas, also known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are being legalized and promoted by several western states. Arizona is the latest to legalize ADUs in a bid to ease the shortage of affordable housing. An ADU pi...

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Louise Johns

4 June 2021

United States

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Research suggests that in the 1500s there were 30 million to 60 million bison, 400 years later roughly 1,000 remained. Today, their ecosystem, the Great Plains, is one of the most endangered in the world. However, the...

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Hanna Merzbach

3 June 2021

Oregon, United States

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Hotels and motels are being converted into free housing for people experiencing housing instability in Oregon. Project Turnkey is a state-funded initiative that buys potential housing units and puts local organization...

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Sharon Udasin

13 May 2021

Arizona, United States

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Through settlements, the Gila River Indian community was able to regain rights to its river and tributaries. Aside, from that the community created partnerships with other water projects. The community also decided to...

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Jessica Kutz

25 February 2021

Nevada, United States

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A program known as Conrad 30 is helping some foreign-born doctors gain the ability to practice medicine in the U.S. by waiving the need for a visa. Although there are concerns about tying a visa to a job, many doctors...

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Gabbriel Schivone

1 January 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Constables tasked with enforcing evictions in Arizona are taking a different approach during the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of forcing residents out and changing the locks, constables are delaying evictions to foll...

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Anna V. Smith

30 November 2020

Lincoln County, Oregon, United States

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After a contact tracing effort spurred by an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Lincoln County, Oregon resulted in the realization that resources weren't being offered in Indigenous Mayan languages, the Oregon Health Autho...

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Carl Segerstrom

1 November 2020

Spokane, Washington, United States

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A food hub in Spokane, Washington, is providing a marketplace where fresh, local food is accessible from multiple small farms in one convenient location and website. LINC gives farmers access to a market of consumers ...

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Eric Siegel

29 October 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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For environmental groups like Conservation Colorado looking to expand their reach, they’ve learned that they need to rebuild relationships and trust with communities that have historically been excluded from conservat...

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Jane C. Hu

29 October 2020

New Jersey, United States

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A company known as TerraCycle recycles "items other companies won’t accept" – including the many masks, gowns, and gloves that have been used during the coronavirus pandemic. While the service is free for those who ca...

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Jessica Douglas

22 September 2020

Oregon, United States

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Indigenous communities in need of clean drinking water have turned to aid from a Black-led nonprofit in Portland. Don't Shoot Portland raised $16,000 dollars for water and other basic supplies for the Warm Springs Tri...

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Jane C. Hu

2 September 2020

Bozeman, Montana, United States

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Scientists in Bozeman, Montana are tracking community spread of COVID-19 by studying samples from the city’s wastewater. Although this form of tracking is more tedious and not necessarily as effective as testing indiv...

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Kalen Goodluck

28 August 2020

Fort Apache Reservation, Arizona, United States

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The White Mountain Apache and the Navajo Nation are using contact tracing to not just slow the spread of coronavirus but to "completely contain" it in their communities, and they are already seeing success from their ...

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Nick Bowlin

6 August 2020

California, United States

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The Industrial Areas Foundation, the country’s oldest community organizing group, adapted to coronavirus restrictions by using technology to win relief for immigrants without legal documentation in California. Organiz...

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Nick Bowlin

30 June 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Deve...

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Carl Segerstrom

18 June 2020

Washington, United States

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Employees at 7 Yakima Valley fruit packing plants, who are predominately Latinx, went on strike to protest inadequate protection and pay during the Covid-19 pandemic. Agricultural workers accounted for nearly one-fift...

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Anna V. Smith

11 June 2020

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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CAHOOTS, the 31-year-old program considered a model for the growing number of community-based crisis programs, fielded more than 24,000 calls in 2019, less than 1% of which required police involvement. The program's u...

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Helen Santoro

22 May 2020

Corvallis, Oregon, United States

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A partnership between Oregon State University and the Benton County Health Department has helped one Oregon county implement TRACE – widespread coronavirus testing that is available even for those who don't show sympt...

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Helen Santoro

14 May 2020

Enterprise, Oregon, United States

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A community health care clinic in Oregon’s Wallowa County has been able to offer mental health services to its clients during the coronavirus pandemic thanks in part to an already-established virtual practice. In plac...

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Peter Rice

7 May 2020

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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To cope with the crush of people experiencing homelessness around the West, formalized encampments like Camp Hope provide local governments with a quick, affordable way to put people into safe, temporary housing where...

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Page Buono

24 April 2020

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Indigenous Peoples Burning Network works with a group of other similar networks with the shared goal of promoting prescribed fire in a positive and safe manner that will help local ecosystems and minimize the risk...

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Jessica Kutz

9 April 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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A fleet of mobile health units across the nation have been helping low-income and immigrant communities to access public health care resources, but during the coronavirus pandemic, the focus has shifted to providing r...

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Carl Segerstrom

25 March 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Social connection is crucial to recovery for people participating in Alcoholics Anonymous, but the quarantine mandated by the coronavirus has made that impossible. Support groups across the state of Washington are gra...

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