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

In Albuquerque, the eviction moratorium did little to stop landlords from trying to force hundreds of people from their homes.

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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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Pandemic lessons

What we learned from a year of covering COVID-19’s impacts in New Mexico

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Education in the rearview mirror

Living in internet dead zones and sometimes without electricity at home, Indigenous youths in New Mexico and Arizona went to extraordinary lengths to attend virtual classes.

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Firing Back

High-level officials accuse the CYFD of retaliation against complaints about Signal and other concerns.

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