Year: 2018

Oil leases bring jobs, strains to southeast NM

The September 2018 sale of nearly $1 billion in federal oil and gas leases in southeast New Mexico has set off one of the greatest oil booms in American history and has overwhelmed everything from the region’s highway to its housing supply.

Who will lead New Mexico’s Public Education Department?

In the coming days, governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham will take the first major step to fulfill her sweeping campaign promises on education – appointing a secretary to lead New Mexico’s troubled Public Education Department.

La Familia-Namaste to shut down following reports of safety lapses

With the closure of La Familia-Namaste, options for treatment foster care in New Mexico will be reduced further, leaving families scrambling to find vital services for their kids.

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Funding cuts, healthcare shortage harm N.M.’s autistic children

Fever pitch

Bitter competition between Presbyterian and UNM has meant kids who need specialized care are getting sent out of state — instead of to the competitor. Now the hospitals are finally talking about a partnership.

Experts: Our earliest experiences, good or bad, can be our most important

New Mexico's infant mental health pioneers aim to eradicate “the myth,” as they call it, that babies cannot remember what they see or hear. Rather, they say, those early experiences can be life-defining for early childhood.

Searchlight awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant

The two-year grant will support news coverage “directed toward child well-being, policy change, and a healthy, just New Mexico."

Oh Susana! How governor’s popularity eroded

Martinez will exit as one of the nation’s least-popular governors, with even the Republican who seeks to succeed her saying “New Mexico is in a crisis moment.”

Governor-driven understaffing keeps N.M.’s kids at risk

Ushered into office on a conservative wave that swept statehouses around the country, Martinez espoused classic Republican views on small government and fiscal conservatism. Eight years on, she can truthfully say she has kept state government lean.