The great disconnect

Thousands of at-risk students in New Mexico still have no access to the internet, making remote learning impossible. Will the state ever bridge the divide?

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Seeking shelter

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

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A broken system

From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, a true accounting of COVID-19’s impact on Indian Country is impossible to know.

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Crossings to bear

For years, drought and poverty have taken a harsh toll on this border town’s agriculture and migrant workers. Then came the coronavirus.

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Records without a trace

Records show CYFD destroyed communications on COVID response, other official documents. Employees who complained were fired.

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Back to the well

Oil and gas funds everything from campaigns to government functions in New Mexico, complicating the state’s transition away from fossil fuels.

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Viva Las Vegas

COVID-19 has kept local youths from leaving home. They’re taking the opportunity to make their town better.

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Agency underground

In the state department charged with child welfare, leadership and staff avoid a paper trail with encrypted messaging.

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In their own words: Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

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In their own words: Chimayó

What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

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