Airbnb Brings Renters and Regulations to Southwest Virginia

Tourist-cabin rentals in Southwest Virginia began long before Airbnb arrived. But the online service is part of the market now and may be one reason for increased regulation of the cabin-rental market.... READ MORE

Drug Addiction Tops List of Rural Concerns

More rural people in the United States list opioids and other drugs as the biggest problem their communities face, according to a new randomized poll of nonmetropolitan residents. But within their families, financial worries are the biggest issue.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: Journalism that Transcends ‘Us vs. Them’

Sara Schonhardt spent a summer reporting for the Rappahannock (Virginia) News, supported by a fellowship from a community journalism organization. She shares the lessons she learned. Two of the biggest are show up and listen.... READ MORE

Eating NAFTA: Obesity, Diabetes, and Free Trade

Anthropologist Alyshia Gálvez explains how a love of Mexican food led her to look at the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on community resilience and health. With our current international trade structure, nobody wins except corporations and billionaires, she says.... READ MORE

Potholes, Public Health, Politics: Try Your Hand at County Leadership

An online game shows players the promise and pitfalls of holding office in a county government. The game’s developers, iCivics and the National Association of Counties, hope some friendly competition will teach Americans about the challenges of sustaining successful local governments.... READ MORE

The Narrative of Renewal: ‘If We Can’t Mine Coal, What Are We Going to Do?’

In this excerpt from the book After Coal, documentary filmmaker Tom Hansell describes how his media work in the coalfields of Central Appalachia led to a different understanding about what might come next for coal communities.... READ MORE

Review | After Coal: Two Regions Share Lessons of Loss and Hopes for Renewal

Decades before Appalachian coal production dropped to its current lows, the coalfields of southern Wales were all but shut down by government decree. Tom Hansell's new book, After Coal (a companion to his 2016 documentary film -- trailer above) should be on the reading lists of any communities that wonder "what do we do now?"... READ MORE

Native American Farmers Plan Moves to Global Market, Greater Sustainability

Native Americans are the primary operators of more than half of all farms or ranches in Arizona, making it unique in the nation. Native American farmers grow crops as diverse as tepary beans, olives and squash, some for community use and some sent around the world.... READ MORE

What’s the OD Death Rate in Your County?

A new interactive map shows the county-by-county impact of opioid drug overdoses. A researcher describes some of the challenges of reporting overdoses in rural areas and what researchers did to address them.... READ MORE

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