ALBUQUERQUE – Over the last 40 years, downtown Albuquerque has become a checkerboard of residential, commercial and government properties – all occupying Census Tract 21. There are Old World families who have lived here for generations and immigrant families who come and go. And then there’s Maria Theresa Rodriguez-Ronces, a spry 82-year-old landlord who immigrated […]
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Progress report: Keeping tabs on meds for foster-care kids
In February, Trent John sat down at his desk in the Children, Youth & Families Department and opened up a password-protected Excel spreadsheet. A list of psychotropic medications prescribed to most of the foster-care children in New Mexico popped up on the screen. There were 31 pages chock full of detail about antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, […]
A massive oil boom in the Permian Basin has turned rural roads into deadly highways
Locking down revenue
Small towns profit from incarcerating migrants
When schools abuse CYFD hotline, families suffer
The price of oil
COUNSELOR — About halfway through a late-April Sunday service at the Living Spring Baptist Church, the sermon took an unusual turn. Pastor Tom Guerito’s exhortations to trust in God and resist sin, delivered mostly in Diné, gave way to a more earthly concern: oil and gas. “People say, ‘I smell it,’” Guerito told the 20 […]
Special-needs kids who don’t get help in school are winding up in jail.
SOCORRO – Carlos slides through the windowless halls of Socorro High School with the grace of a jaguar, like he owns these disinfected floors, these metal lockers, this 7-foot sculpture of a Native American “Warrior” mascot in its glass case. Tight fade haircut. Zirconia studs glinting in his lobes. Calls himself a “New Mexico pretty […]
Left Behind: Where does the funding go?
New Mexico public schools get most of their budget — around 70 percent — from the state, based on a complex formula that takes into account everything from poverty rates to the number of special needs students. But once districts get that money, they have wide leeway as to how they actually spend it. And […]
QUESTA – When the fire alarm sounded before lunch in November of 2017, the staff at Alta Vista Elementary School knew they had a problem. A 6-year-old boy confined to a wheelchair needed to evacuate with the rest of his class. Unfortunately, the school had never purchased a chair that would let him leave the […]