Hitting Home is a series that chronicles the impact of COVID-19 on five New Mexico towns: Shiprock, Gallup, Las Vegas, Carlsbad and Anthony. All are steeped in history, struggle, and now, perhaps, a battle for their lives. Over the course of a year, we’ll return to these towns again and again, producing multimedia portraits that capture these unprecedented times. Navajos, Hispanics, roustabouts, ranchers, business owners and immigrants are among the many people we’ll bring to life in stories, photos, videos and audio files, read aloud in Diné, Spanish and English. The project was made possible by the generosity of community residents, who welcomed us into their lives.

Select a city above to get started.

The deadly loss of Navajo women

On the Navajo Nation, the coronavirus is leaving children motherless, families lost and traditions in peril. But Diné women fight on.

Planting hope amid a plague

Older generations on the Navajo Nation have passed down stories of scourges, resilience — and survival. New generations are bringing the tales to life.

Read

Bordering on desperation

In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers

Read

When history deals a bad hand

The scrappy city of Las Vegas gambled on its Wild West history to draw tourists and keep the economy afloat. With the coronavirus, all bets are off.

Not Even Remotely

Once the Wild West, Las Vegas is now the wired West as parents and kids cope with a life lived online.

Read

Busted

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.

Read

Growing pains

Anthony, New Mexico puts big plans on hold during the coronavirus pandemic

Read

This project is a collaboration of Searchlight New Mexico and Littleglobe Inc. 

Hitting Home is made possible through the generous support of these foundations and individual donors like you.