Census deadline moved up, surprising NM native communities

Census packets in plastic bags are geo-coded to specific addresses and left at doors in rural areas. Image: Marjorie Childress / NMID

By Shaun Griswold / New Mexico In Depth New Mexico’s tribal communities suddenly find themselves in a rush to reorganize their plans to ensure a complete census count after federal authorities this week abruptly moved the deadline up by a month, from the end of October to September 30. “We have pretty much lost a month… Continue reading Census deadline moved up, surprising NM native communities

Albuquerque rousts people from makeshift camps, risking virus spread

A camp under the I-40 overpass in Albuquerque. Image by Marjorie Childress / NMID

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… Continue reading Albuquerque rousts people from makeshift camps, risking virus spread

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

Hitting Home: Bordering on desperation

Dr. Caleb Lauber and Medical Assistant Shaniya Wood checking on Roger Bydone and Rita Norton, patients who may be COVID-19 positive, quarantined in a motel in Gallup.

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… Continue reading Hitting Home: Bordering on desperation

Hitting Home: When history deals a bad hand

A sign announces the closure of the Indigo Theater on Bridge Street in Las Vegas.

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,… Continue reading Hitting Home: When history deals a bad hand

Hitting Home: Planting hope amid a plague

TahNibaa Naataanii with one of her lambs at Table Mesa, south of Shiprock. Photo by Don Unser / Searchlight NM

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… Continue reading Hitting Home: Planting hope amid a plague

Local businesses struggle during crisis

Tattoo Parlor by Dalton Padilla

By Dalton Padilla & Sayre Key-Towne / NM News Port / Albuquerque businesses are experiencing difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the more fortunate ones is Frontier Restaurant, a local landmark serving the UNM area since 1971, which has remained open, although only for takeout orders. “We’ve been getting slammed. So many… Continue reading Local businesses struggle during crisis

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