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Rural nursing shortages leave critical access hospitals in tough spots

With a regional nursing shortage impacting even Spokane-based hospitals, critical access hospitals in rural settings feel the need for nurses even more.

Idaho broadband group urges state to expand rural service

An Idaho government study group concluded that expanding access to broadband service in rural areas should be a top priority for the state, officials said.

Getting connected: where broadband, rural prosperity and health care intersect

Rural community leaders, broadband providers and government entities met in Davenport for a broadband workshop.

‘We can’t afford to lose this’: Pend Oreille County communities face health care challenges

Newport has a hospital and a new care facility. An hour north, towns struggle to hire a single doctor.

When a town loses its clinic: how residents in Fairfield are fighting to get health care back

Fairfield residents are fighting to reopen their community health clinic, which closed in January, but the going is slow and challenging.

With billions to spend, feds unsure who lacks broadband

A $4.5 billion federal grant program to improve broadband internet access in rural America has been stymied by flawed maps, and a group of U.S. senators is pushing to make …

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20B for rural internet

The U.S. government will hold a massive auction to bolster 5G service , the next generation of mobile networks, and plans to spend $20 billion to expand broadband access in …

Idaho Legal Aid to help rural domestic violence victims

In September, Idaho Legal Aid Service, Inc. was awarded a federal grant of $480,014 from the Office on Violence Against Women’s Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018

For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard

The number of homeless students continues to overwhelm districts throughout the state. Educators have become the first, and in many cases the only, line of defense for students worried about …

Grave digging? Changing tires? Washington’s rural telecom companies do it all

Tiny telecom companies provide rural towns with services beyond just phone and cable service.

Latino movie producer opens theaters in rural, poor areas

For nearly 10 years, residents in a California farming community have had to drive nearly 40 miles to see the latest film, a rare trip for some in a place …

Idaho plans meetings to address emergency medical concerns

Idaho officials are planning meetings across the state next month to discuss the problems facing many rural emergency medical agencies.

Front & Center: Rural doctor Tony Lundberg makes his rounds

Based on 18 years of experience, Dr. Tony Lundberg believes rural physicians “do better medicine than most places.”

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Idaho landline fund loses revenue as cellphone use increases

A state fund that has helped keep telephone landlines affordable for rural Idaho residents for the past 30 years is in jeopardy as more people switch to cellphones.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017

Medford-area renters struggle with steep rent hikes

Rent hikes up to 40 percent at Mariposa Townhomes in Medford are just the tip of the iceberg as renters across the county find themselves priced out of their homes.

Dr. McCarthy: Medical school partnership benefits underserved people

In addition to learning from an innovative medical school curriculum, students are actively engaged in learning by serving the disenfranchised throughout Washington state

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Rural Idaho schools are hiring more unlicensed teachers

A number of rural Idaho school districts are struggling to lure licensed teachers to classrooms, causing the districts to hire more unlicensed educators.

Froma Harrop: Way of life versus fossil fuels

The fight is about more than environmentalism versus fossil fuels. It’s about money versus money. And if that’s the case, why would fossil fuel interests win over ranching, farming and …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017

Microsoft wants to bring 2 million Americans online by 2022

Microsoft is aiming to bring broadband internet to millions of rural Americans within the next five years through what is now unused TV spectrum, the company announced Tuesday.

‘We’re about helping people’

REPUBLIC, Wash. – The power of a tiny rural town is that a spark of an idea can ignite into a large triumph in just a few weeks, without much …

Small, rural towns bear high cost of war

PALOUSE, Wash. – Sgt. Jacob H. Demand died a world away from his small hometown in Eastern Washington, gunned down in Mosul, Iraq, two weeks before his tour of duty …