A massive marijuana bust in Farmington represents just a sliver of an ongoing operation on Navajo lands that has now drawn federal investigators
Ed Williams, a Searchlight investigative reporter, covers child welfare, social justice and other issues. In 2022, he was selected for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network to produce stories about abuses in the foster care system and the devastating impacts on children. Before joining Searchlight, Ed was a reporter in both the United States and Latin America, working for print, digital and radio outlets, including seven years in public radio. His numerous journalism awards include a 2020 First Amendment award and 2019 local accountability reporting award from the News Leaders Association. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Chaos and cannabis
A massive hemp empire is accused of growing illegal marijuana and sowing violence on the Navajo Nation
‘An anything-goes situation’
Nursing homes profit from pandemic with no risk of accountability
The Carlsbad region was poised to send $3 billion to New Mexico coffers, thanks to one of the biggest oil booms in history. Then came COVID.
State suspects it was scammed in PPE deal
An obscure Santa Fe company is under criminal investigation for possible forgery and price gouging in the sale of millions of dollars of personal protective equipment and medical supplies to the New Mexico Department of Health, according to a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s office. Bionet was one of the first companies to win […]
Most nursing homes violate infection control standards
Almost all of New Mexico’s 71 nursing homes in recent years have violated rules meant to protect their most vulnerable residents from infectious disease. In total, 85 percent of the state’s facilities “failed to provide and implement an infection prevention and control program,” according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A […]
Designated hot spot
Nursing home for COVID-19 patients to be run by firm with history of safety violations and lawsuits
Shelter in place
Domestic violence shelters have no shortage of beds, but reports of abuse are on the rise
Foster parents, biological parents and kids face new challenges amid state’s response to COVID-19 outbreak
Seize the session
State officials scramble to respond to restraint and seclusion in schools