Stories and Reports

Colorado River
In Crisis

Stories and Reports

The Western
Energy Boom

Stories and Reports

Health Care in
the Rural West

Historical Background

The Country Life Commission

Dear Visitor: This site preserves the legacy publications of the Rural West Initiative from 2009-2014. 
For more recent information on our conference and publications, please go to

Rural West Initiative on NPR's Talk of the Nation Monday, Feb. 11

The Rural West Initiative's John McChesney will be appearing on the second hour of NPR's Talk of the Nation radio program on Monday, February 11, to talk about life in the energy boomtowns of the American West. Bay Area listeners can tune into KQED radio at 12pm, local listings are available on NPR's website.

Talk of the Nation
America's New Boomtowns

Natural gas and oil are booming, and in some small towns like Williston, North Dakota, that means unemployment is low. Really low. Hear about he ups and downs of America's new boomtowns.

Last modified Mon, 11 Feb, 2013 at 12:03