UNM students reporting for Raising New Mexico will be working in alignment with our new partner, Searchlight New Mexico, a non-profit investigative journalism service based in Santa Fe. Searchlight NM is taking the lead on the Raising New Mexico project — focusing 2018 coverage on the tragic state of child well-being in New Mexico.
Throughout 2018 News Port will share the professional reporting from the Searchlight team. Additional reporting will be added and the hope is that the coverage informs the public conversation and the public agenda in a pivotal election year.
By Joshua Grajeda and Sergio Guerrero / NM News Port / Teacher vacancies have become an epidemic in New Mexico, as there are now 740 positions to be filled in grade levels K-12. As of 2016, the need for educators had increased by nearly 60 percent. Breaking things down by grade level, most vacancies — […]
By Hannah Perry / NM News Port / For Albuquerque mom, Laurel Menicucci, the choice to homeschool is easy. “I’m going to know much quicker, if my child struggles with something, than a teacher is going to know,” she said. Menicucci is a mother of three and has been homeschooling for four years. But, according […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / ANTHONY, N.M. – Parents and children stumbled off the steps of an old charter bus to waves of applause and shouts of “Bienvendidos!” A small crowd of volunteers from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church had been waiting in the cold night air on a recent Monday, eager to welcome […]
Medical facilities in southern New Mexico strain to meet the needs of vulnerable migrants arriving at the border. By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. – Half a dozen children gazed up at the camera, their eyes wide beneath hats and hoodies, hands buried in their pockets or nuzzled in the necks […]
A family changed by gun violence offers case study in New Mexico’s domestic violence problem. By Barbara Ferry / Searchlight NM / July 17 is the best of days in the Gaytan household, because it marks the birthday of 12-year-old Ian, who lives with his grandparents in a doublewide mobile home on a dirt road […]
By Ed Williams / Searchlight New Mexico / Nearly half of New Mexico’s population relies on a dysfunctional computer system for access to government-funded health coverage, food assistance, heating and other benefits. That system has repeatedly failed them, cutting off tens of thousands of children and families from their financial lifeline. Developed by the multinational […]
By John L. Smith / Searchlight New Mexico / LOVINGTON—The 61-mile drive on US 82 from Artesia to this southeast New Mexico town crosses the heart of the Permian Basin oil field’s extension into the state. Pump rigs bob like great iron dinosaurs come to life, and the smell of petroleum fills the air. Flare […]
By Josh Grajeda and Sergio Guerrero / NM News Port / Data suggest the United State’s healthcare system has work to do to improve the experiences of transgender youth. Experts gathered in Albuquerque on Nov. 29 to address the problem. According to the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey— the largest such survey conducted in the United […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / The two pediatric heart doctors made for an odd couple at the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee: Bill Stein in his conservative gray suit and Jon Love with his blond ponytail, three earrings and shiny blue blazer – both testifying to their desire to work together. Their respective employers had been in open – at times cutthroat […]
By Sara Solovitch / Searchlight NM / Longtime friends and colleagues Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke have been leaders in developing infant mental health programs in New Mexico. Harris, an independently licensed social worker, and Clarke, whose background is in language and communication disorders, together developed the first Infant Team in New Mexico, created to […]
By Robert Moore / Searchlight NM / In 2010, three Western states elected governors who immediately generated national buzz. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, was the first Latino elected governor of Nevada. John Hickenlooper, who campaigned as a Democratic centrist in the midst of a Tea Party wave, was elected in Colorado. And in New Mexico, […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / The Roundhouse, January 2011: Flanked by colorful bouquets, a pink and white corsage pinned to her dark blue suit, Gov. Susana Martinez invoked the blossoming of a new era for New Mexico in her first State of the State address. She was the nation’s first Latina governor, soon to […]