Coronavirus in New Mexico


Searchlight photographer Don Usner documents the most essential stories in New Mexico. See more photos here.

The wind cries money

Can the state diversify from oil and gas dependence before it’s too late?

With ample wind and sun, Carlsbad stands to be at the epicenter of renewable energy for the Southwest. But can the state diversify from oil and gas dependence before it’s too late?

The great disconnect

Thousands of students in New Mexico still have no access to the internet, despite the Yazzie-Martinez case.

Thousands of at-risk students in New Mexico still have no access to the internet, making remote learning impossible. Will the state ever bridge the divide?

Seeking shelter

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

A broken system

Why the number of American Indian and Alaska Natives who have died during the coronavirus pandemic may never be known

From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, a true accounting of COVID-19’s impact on Indian Country is impossible to know.

Crossings to bear

In Anthony, New Mexico, small farms and migrant workers fight for a sustainable future

For years, drought and poverty have taken a harsh toll on this border town’s agriculture and migrant workers. Then came the coronavirus.

Viva Las Vegas

Las Vegas, New Mexico, is getting a pandemic revival thanks to local teens

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

In their own words: Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

In their own words: Chimayó

What children say about online learning and a school year lost to COVID

Forlorn on Route 66

In Gallup, hit harder by the coronavirus than any place in the state, small business owners feel lucky to just survive

Hygiene theater: More harm than good?

Efforts to fight coronavirus could instead increase vulnerability

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