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    Albuquerque rousts people from makeshift camps, risking virus spread

    By Celia Raney / New Mexico In Depth / Going against federal guidance during the era of COVID-19, Albuquerque city personnel periodically roust homeless encampments. Waking inhabitants before sunrise, police deliver orders over a megaphone for men, women, sometimes families to move along in as quickly as 30 minutes. In the frenzy of gathering themselves […]

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    Hitting Home: Growing pains

    Anthony puts big plans on hold during pandemic  By Julia Sclafani | Searchlight New Mexico / ANTHONY, N.M. — On a spring day during the coronavirus lockdown, Fernie Herrera set up an outdoor stove in his spacious backyard. He unfurled the awning on his camper — parked under the pine tree that towers over the […]

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    Albuquerque boy collaborates with high-tech hub to build his own prosthetic hand

    By Santana Ortiz for New Mexico News Port / William Sahlstrom is a typical 9-year-old who loves Batman and basketball, but William has had to learn to move through life a little differently than other boys. He was born without a left hand due to a congenital condition that affects one in 10-thousand.  “They think […]

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    Interactive map: New Mexico COVID-19 cases

    by Celia Raney, New Mexico In Depth CoronaInNMGraphic Infogram This article first appeared on New Mexico In Depth and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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    Hitting Home: 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. By Rachel Mabe and Ed Williams | Photography by Don J. Unser | Searchlight NM CARLSBAD, N.M. — On a Thursday in late May, Michael Trujillo sat in the […]

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    Hitting Home: Bordering on desperation

    In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers By J. Weston Phippen | Photos by Don J. Unser | Searchlight NM GALLUP, N.M. — At the end of the Howard Johnson Hotel’s orange and white hallway, Dr. Caleb Lauber paused by a mirror as if he were […]

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    Hitting Home: 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. By Rachel Mabe / Photos by Don Unser / Searchlight NM LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Elmo Baca has always loved historic buildings. He was born in Las Vegas, […]

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    Hitting Home: Planting hope amid a plague

    Older generations on the Navajo Nation have passed down stories of scourges, resilience — and survival. New generations are bringing these tales to life. By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi / Searchlight New Mexico SHIPROCK, N.M. — Four miles down Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 491 in northern Navajo, a group of young Diné used what […]

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