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“Company town” grows out of California’s Salinas Valley

Agriculture companies in California and elsewhere are not obligated to house employees, nor is much state or federal money set aside for farmworker housing. In Salinas Valley, which is the fifth least affordable place to live in the United States, one company may be bucking the trend.

Rural cancer patients face lack of specialists, long trips for treatment

As fire chief in Kingsburg, a small town in California’s Central Valley, Tim Ray has done more than battle blazes in the past few years. Actual fires here are relatively few, in fact. These days, Ray, a trim 52-year-old with clipped moustache and gentle eyes, oversees a kind of volunteer medical transportation service, hustling patients from this idyllic town—settled by Swedish immigrants in the 1870s and still bedecked with “Välkommen” welcome signs—as far as 20 miles away, to a hospital in Fresno.

Jobs, income data show slow rural recovery

While rural residents across the nation continue to find jobs, the pace at which they’re doing so still lags significantly behind urban employment gains, according to the Daily Yonder’s analysis.