The wind cries money The great disconnect Seeking shelter A broken system

Hitting Home: The story of five towns


The wind cries money

With ample wind and sun, Carlsbad stands to be at the epicenter of renewable energy for the Southwest. But can the state diversify from oil and gas dependence before it’s too late?

The great disconnect

Thousands of at-risk students in New Mexico still have no access to the internet, making remote learning impossible. Will the state ever bridge the divide?

Seeking shelter

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

A broken system

From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, a true accounting of COVID-19’s impact on Indian Country is impossible to know.

Crossings to bear

For years, drought and poverty have taken a harsh toll on this border town’s agriculture and migrant workers. Then came the coronavirus.

Records without a trace

Records show CYFD destroyed communications on COVID response, other official documents. Employees who complained were fired.

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