“The court has plans for you” February 18, 2021 Last Rights February 10, 2021 New Mexico’s nuclear rush February 3, 2021 Missing Income January 28, 2021

Hitting Home: The story of five towns

Photo Essay: Seeing Red


Deep red and feeling blue

Nine months into the pandemic, Carlsbad residents are divided, defiant and in search of a silver lining.

A Black life ends in a New Mexico police shooting

A state police officer shot and killed Rodney Applewhite on a barren road south of Albuquerque. A week later, his shattered family still has no information about why, and how, his life ended.

Not Even Remotely

Once the Wild West, Las Vegas is now the wired West as parents and kids cope with a life lived online.

Uprooted

A police raid near Shiprock has all but ended an illicit cannabis-growing operation

The deadly loss of Navajo women

On the Navajo Nation, the coronavirus is leaving children motherless, families lost and traditions in peril. But Diné women fight on.

Then and Now: Portraits of Albuquerque Voters

Voters respond to what’s changed since 2016

New Mexicans go to the polls

Searchlight photographer Don J. Usner travelled the state during early voting to capture New Mexicans as they head to the polls.

Strangers in a foreign land

A massive marijuana bust in Farmington represents just a sliver of an ongoing operation on Navajo lands that has now drawn federal investigators

Is New Mexico Ready for Election Day?

Searchlight answers key questions about the 2020 voting process

High and dry

Low flowing Rio Grande leaves valley farmers in a lurch

Empowering the public

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