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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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Full court pressed

The New Mexico Court of Appeals is swamped with backlogged cases, leaving hundreds in limbo.

Short stays, long impact

Removing children from their homes — even briefly, for their own protection — may compound their problems.

Seize the session

State officials scramble to respond to restraint and seclusion in schools

Wastewater, wastewater everywhere

In the Permian Basin, a new kind of boom

“It’s appalling”

Michelle Lujan Grisham on seclusion and restraint in Albuquerque schools

Through the lens of experience

Executive director Sara Solovitch speaks with photographer Don Usner about his favorite photos from Searchlight in 2019.

Stolen and Erased

A Navajo girl was exploited and sex trafficked in urban and rural New Mexico. Why did so many fail to help her? 

One giant leap

New PED head tasked with implementing sweeping reforms.

Building Blocks

Big investment in early childhood aims to provide foundation for NM kids. 

The Once and Future Child

A photographic history of childhood in New Mexico

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