Motel of last resort

Amid a housing crisis, a Motel 6 in Albuquerque offers shelter for those in dire need

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Growing pains

The Cannabis Regulation Act could benefit big companies while leaving acequia communities dry

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Scenes from a pandemic

It's been a year and a half of struggle and resilience in the Southwest. Searchlight's photographer documented it all.

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Chief adversary

The head of Santa Fe nonprofit New Energy Economy wants New Mexico to control its own utilities. So why don’t other nonprofits have her back?

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New Mexico paid millions to a Utah company to text, email and phone “disengaged” students. Was it the right call?

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Illegal notice

A Searchlight investigation finds that in spite of federal and state stays, evictions continued in the state.

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Blalock steps down

CYFD Cabinet secretary Brian Blalock replaced by former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice amid growing transparency concerns

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Locked out

A Searchlight investigation finds that in spite of federal and state stays, evictions continued in the state.

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Questions of fairness

CYFD employees say they were sidelined or fired for voicing concerns about a ‘sacred cow’ software contract.

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Powerful ties

New Mexico attorney general accused of violating state ethics laws in negotiating utility merger

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