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June 30, 2022

Editor’s note: As we head into the long weekend, folks will be thinking about Independence Day in a variety of ways — as a time to wave miniflags at a parade, contribute to the making of a more perfect union, or explode the most terrifying legal ordnance on the block. Here at Desert Companion, and our sister newsroom KNPR, we've thought about it too. Enjoy this collection of our past reflections on the subject, explosion-free!   – Heidi Kyser

Strange News World
Whether through paywalls, charities, or member programs, independent news outlets search for a successful model in the digital era
By Andrew Kiraly

Cinco de ... Maybe Not
Millions celebrate on the Fifth of May, but don't confuse it with Mexican Independence Day
By Christopher Alvarez

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Special Delivery
Mom-and-pop restaurants band together in hopes of liberating themselves from the tyranny of third-party delivery apps
By Nick Barnett

Blind Trust
When you’ve lost your sight and are re-learning how to navigate the world, true independence is easier with a little help
By Michael Lyle

'Just Like Anyone Else'
A community-based employment program at Boulder Station offers adults with intellectual disabilities a chance to support themselves
By Heidi Kyser and Rachel Christiansen

Illustration: Scott Lien


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