The 2020 census is doing a number on rural America. In places like Lordsburg, New Mexico, that could spell doom. By Julia Sclafani | Searchlight NM Tucked away in New Mexico’s bootheel, Lordsburg is the kind of town that hasn’t bustled in 50 years. It’s the birthplace of the state song “O Fair New Mexico”… Continue reading Down for the count
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
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… Continue reading Hitting Home: Growing pains
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. Usner | Searchlight NM CARLSBAD, N.M. — On a Thursday in late May, Michael Trujillo sat in the… Continue reading Hitting Home: Busted!
In Gallup, surrounded by the Navajo Nation, a pandemic crosses paths with homelessness, hate and healers By J. Weston Phippen | Photos by Don J. Usner | 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
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 Usner / 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
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