Politics


A conversation about treatment foster care

Searchlight New Mexico reporter Ed Williams speaks with Radio Cafe's Mary-Charlotte Domandi about his investigation into New Mexico's treatment foster care system.

Politics


Spend wisely to boost child well-being, finance official says

New Mexico has a waiting problem, according to a senior official with the agency that advises the state on how its money is managed.

Risky buildings: State’s public schools run on old infrastructure

Despite investing billions, New Mexico says most school systems are out of date or hazardous

Native communities harnessing the power of data

Marriages and births. Allies and enemies. Wild game, migration patterns, the number of days of rainfall.

Where trust counts: The census and NM’s border cities

It's an uphill fight for the state's fast-growing south

Underfunded, undercounted: New Mexico at risk in 2020 census

The state’s residents are notoriously hard to count — in 2000, the census undercount amounted to nearly 2 percent or about 35,000 people missed. Here’s why that matters.

For contracts, New Mexico increasingly looks elsewhere

Searchlight analysis finds growing reliance on out-of-state vendors

Here’s how we learned where New Mexico’s vendors are located

Legislators, auditors and business groups have tried for years to answer the question: Where does the state of New Mexico spend its money when it pays independent contractors for goods and services?

New Mexico is ignoring its own rules on vendor transparency

New Mexico is over a year late in following a law that compels greater transparency in vendor contracts.

A conversation about treatment foster care

Searchlight New Mexico reporter Ed Williams speaks with Radio Cafe's Mary-Charlotte Domandi about his investigation into New Mexico's treatment foster care system.