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Our Lives Now

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

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Education on mute

In Española and across NM, remote learning is a virtual struggle

Chaos and cannabis

A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo Nation

Wired for success

How Navajo Technical University prepared for an unprecedented school year

A virus knows no bars

Private prison operator CoreCivic is accused of ignoring a COVID-19 outbreak, putting inmates and the community at risk.

The working sick

At a Santa Fe rehab, masks were optional — but showing up at work with COVID-19 symptoms was mandatory

Down for the count

The 2020 census is doing a number on rural America. In places like Lordsburg, New Mexico, that could spell doom.

Governing with moxie

How Michelle Lujan Grisham got on Joe Biden’s shortlist

Navajo elders: Alone, without food, in despair

A Navajo reporter checks in on elderly people on the reservation. Hunger and neglect is what she finds.

Critical connections

Home visiting finds new ways to serve families — at a distance

Pay up or lockup

Housing shortage kept cash-poor parolees behind bars

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