Pandemic lessons

Photo by Don J. Usner for Searchlight NM Pandemic lessons What we learned from a year of covering COVID-19’s impacts in New Mexico July 13, 2021 The Editors In March 2020, as…


No defenses

Indian Country already has some of the highest rates of illness in the nation. Can it withstand COVID-19? Indian Country in America has…


Here, there and everywhere: Avoiding PFAS

A warning sign on the Canon Air Force Base fence, bordering the Highland Dairy.The compounds known collectively as PFAS are like whack-a-moles: They pop up everywhere. The manmade…


Toxic timeline: A brief history of PFAS

More than 1,000 studies over the past 40 years – some by the U.S. military – show that PFOA and PFOS endanger the planet and public health. They persist in the environment forever and…


Till the cows come home

Art Schaap looking over some of the 1800 Holstein cows on the Highland Dairy in Clovis. Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health.For months,…


Prescription for disaster: New Mexico’s lax oversight puts kids in danger

Three of Barnes' grandsons at home.In 2015, Jane Barnes, a research scientist in her early 60s — “a tired old woman,” in her words — was desperate to rescue her grandsons.   Their…


Warrant: Psychiatrist over-medicated hundreds of children in his care

Illustration by Aliya Mood Unlike many doctors, Albuquerque psychiatrist Edwin Bacon Hall, 74, accepted patients on Medicaid and saw them in a timely manner. He often treated foster…


Years of frustration lie behind landmark school lawsuit

Wilhelmina Yazzie and her son, Xavier, in front of Jefferson Elementary School in Gallup. Tired of hearing ‘no,’ plaintiff says, taking NM to court was her only optionFor Wilhelmina…


How the Yazzie lawsuit could be a ‘game-changer’

Judge’s landmark ruling is a chance for reform, experts sayBehind the recent ruling in the New Mexico school funding lawsuit is nearly a decade of evidence that the state’s public…


Brain Drain: Graduates leaving New Mexico behind

Filmmaker Jesse Wood on a video shoot at a racetrack, where his specialty is capturing high-speed cars. Photo provided by Jesse Wood. Educated workers search for brighter futures outside…