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Our lives now

Searchlight New Mexico photographer Don Usner documents the most essential stories in New Mexico. See more photos here.

Open doors and open arms

As migrants seeking asylum are released from ICE facilities, they are finding temporary shelter in southern New Mexico churches.

The way forward

Advocates for New Mexico's children weigh in on solutions the Legislature and governor should pursue.

In Memoriam: Rob Dean

Rob Dean 1954-2020

Pay now and pay later

Expensive, buggy software has resulted in needy families being improperly denied benefits throughout New Mexico.

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.

For healthcare, please take a number

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.

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