Our lives now

Searchlight photographer Don J. Usner is traveling around New Mexico, documenting life as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds. Each day, look for a new image.

Planting hope amid a plague

Older generations on the Navajo Nation have passed down stories of scourges, resilience — and survival. New generations are bringing the tales to life.

“We’re sitting ducks”

As coronavirus swept through a halfway house, state officials reported nothing

The Rise of the Anti-Lockdown Sheriffs

Opposition to stay-at-home orders is the latest example of a history of powerful sheriffs, a history that stretches back to the end of slavery and the settling of the frontier. 

Unsafe, understaffed, overwhelmed

As COVID-19 sweeps through the Navajo Nation, a hospital is accused of endangering lives

Tested

The Navajo Nation has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country. How will it cope?

Designated hot spot

Nursing home for COVID-19 patients to be run by firm with history of safety violations and lawsuits

Empowering the public

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Empowering the public

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The family of Rob Dean has asked that donations in his honor be made to Searchlight.

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State of hope. State of mind.

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