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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.

Mississippi’s gains may hold lessons for New Mexico

There’s always New Mexico.

How does a state climb off the bottom rung in measures of child well-being? Can New Mexico take a cue and move up a few notches itself, by next year?

Success by degrees

Adult education brings generational change

Adult education can be a path to generational change. But in New Mexico, where it is estimated that a third of the adult population could benefit, only about 3 percent are served.

30 Million Words

A Florida city nurtures babies with ‘Brain Bags’ for parents. Can New Mexico do the same?

Pensacola, Fla., became one of the country’s first cities to dub itself an “Early Learning City.” With leadership from the business community, it linked up with the University of Chicago’s Thirty Million Words project to educate new parents on how to build their child’s brain — a project that could hold lessons for New Mexico.

A border town without playgrounds

Anthony presents some of the highest risks to infants and young children in a state that is already at rock bottom of the national barrel on child well-being. By the state health department’s reckoning, it’s the third-worst place in New Mexico to be a child.

Land commissioner: Most candidates decline to make their case

But two Democrats respond to Searchlight’s questions in detail

We asked the five land commissioner candidates how they would steward our public trust lands and use their office to improve conditions for New Mexico's children. Two responded.

Growing a governor

From childhood to guardian of New Mexico’s children

We asked the four gubernatorial candidates about their childhoods, to understand how their formative years shaped their thinking about what we regard as the most critical issue confronting New Mexico.

Searchlight honored for series on New Mexico’s children

Searchlight New Mexico is the 2018 recipient of a major award from a statewide child-advocacy nonprofit.

New Mexico Voices for Children awards ‘Raising New Mexico’ project.

A conversation about treatment foster care

Searchlight New Mexico reporter Ed Williams speaks with Radio Cafe's Mary-Charlotte Domandi about his investigation into New Mexico's treatment foster care system.

Ed Williams speaks with Radio Cafe's Mary-Charlotte Domandi about his investigation into NM's treatment foster care system.

Chalk, books and metal detectors: A conversation about the ‘prisonization’ of schools

It's a given that every act of deadly school violence – be it at Columbine High School in 1999, Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, or Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in February – is followed by a demand for more police, more security, more metal detectors.

UNM Law Professor Maryam Ahranjani proposes a sensible national response to the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting.

Empowering the public

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