Indigenous groups ask Supreme Court to overturn power shift

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission office in Santa Fe. Nadav Soroker/Searchlight New Mexico Indigenous groups ask Supreme Court to overturn power shift Petitioners ask the court…


The age of consequence: Wildfires in New Mexico

A drone view shows the sharp divide between burned and unburned forest near the village of Holman. Nadav Soroker/Searchlight New Mexico The age of consequence: Wildfires in New Mexico…


After the fire

A small pond above Jerry Gomez's home is surrounded by severely burned land. Gomez is working to reinforce the lower berm of the pond so that it doesn't overflow and destroy his property.…


Diminishing returns

A Hilcorp Energy truck parked in front of the Farmers Market in Bloomfield. Packed full of gas-field workers every morning as they grab food for the backroads, the market serves as a barometer of…


NM Attorney General Hector Balderas talks about the investigation and audit into Torrance County. Balderas is flanked by NM State Police Chief Tim Johnson and State Auditor Brian Colon. Thursday, May. 02, 2019

Outside counsel

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is seen here, flanked by NM State Police Chief Tim Johnson and State Auditor Brian Colón. Outside Counsel Out-of-state law firms make big…


ExxonMobil lobbyist joins NM Game Commission

Deanna Archuleta Photo by JA Campbell ExxonMobil lobbyist joins NM Game Commission Deanna Archuleta’s appointment raises alarm among conservationists March 1, 2022 By Lindsay…


Oil boom feeds NM budget, but environmental agencies left wanting

An oil processing facility flares excess natural gas south of Carlsbad. Photo by Don J. Usner / Searchlight New Mexico Oil boom feeds NM budget, but environmental agencies left wanting……


Water shortages and climate change: a conversation with the governor

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham touted her administration’s plans for a clean energy future in New Mexico during a virtual appearance at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Photo…


Troubled waters

Oil stains mark water levels in a produced storage pond south of Malaga. The water here has been treated to remove much of the toxic residue from fracking, and is stored alongside a…


When the well runs dry

Water storage tanks stand on a hill overlooking Magdalena. The tanks and associated water lines and wells are part of a massive water infrastructure improvement project begun eight years…