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.

Las Vegas


Viva Las Vegas

COVID-19 has kept local youths from leaving home. They’re taking the opportunity to make their town better.

Not Even Remotely

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

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.