Chaparral, New Mexico – Driving on a weekday morning through this remote enclave of mobile homes, bodegas, squat adobe health clinics and Pentecostal chapels, one wonders: “Where are all the people?”
Some Montana Native American tribal members say they are surprised they will have to abide by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – and could face fines exceeding $1 million for not offering insurance to employees – although American Indians, by law, are typically exempt from such national regulations.
In the quarter ending June 30, 2015, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 11 loans totaling more than $8.9 million to assist rural communities in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Utah with housing and community development projects.
Several areas across the rural West saw noticeable gains in employment in the year preceding June 2015, but others, such as Alaska, suffered losses in the same period, keeping that state’s jobless rate above the national average.
With the national shift from coal to natural gas, the energy industry is using less water to cool power plants, according to Climate Central, which tracks international research on climate change.