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.
Attorneys say the state is using secret eligibility rules to block people from aid By Ed Williams and John R. Roby / Searchlight NM / Five New Mexico residents are suing the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), claiming the state is effectively cheating eligible low-income families out of money to pay for child […]
With few options, they describe skipping meds, selling possessions By Ed Williams / Searchlight NM ALBUQUERQUE — Joan Marentes knew her career in the Albuquerque Police Department was over the moment a state worker said she was ineligible for public assistance. Assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit, Marentes was a decorated detective, […]
DESPITE INVESTING BILLIONS, THE STATE SAYS MOST SCHOOL SYSTEMS ARE OUT OF DATE OR HAZARDOUS By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM New Mexico’s public schools welcomed the state’s 320,000 students back from summer break to buildings characterized by missing fire alarms, nonexistent sprinkler systems, defective emergency doors and leaking roofs. Problems with […]
TIRED OF HEARING ‘NO,’ PLAINTIFF SAYS, TAKING NM TO COURT WAS HER ONLY OPTION By Amy Linn / Searchlight NM For Wilhelmina Yazzie, joining the groundbreaking lawsuit against New Mexico wasn’t an easy thing to do. It was the only thing to do. The Navajo mother of three says she’s no different from […]
JUDGE’S LANDMARK RULING IS A CHANCE FOR REFORM, EXPERTS SAY. By Amy Linn / Searchlight NM Behind the recent ruling in the New Mexico school funding lawsuit is nearly a decade of evidence that the state’s public schools are not only failing children, but that children will be “irreparably harmed” if schools aren’t […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / EL PASO, Texas – The kindergarteners of IDEA Edgemere walked quietly single-file down the hall, their uniforms embroidered with the school logo, left hands behind their backs, right fingers over their lips. Shh. Emblazoned on the wall above their heads, a sign read: “We do whatever it takes.” […]
By Ed Williams / Searchlight NM/ Sara Tafoya never pictured herself as one of New Mexico’s at-risk students. She came from a supportive, college-educated family in Albuquerque, had once earned good grades, and entertained dreams of going to college and becoming a physical therapist. But in her sophomore year, Tafoya “attracted bad situations,” skipping classes […]
NEW MEXICO AT RISK IN THE 2020 CENSUS By Christian Marquez / Searchlight NM / You won’t find James Ironmoccasin’s house on Google Maps. To get to his place on the northeastern edge of the Navajo Nation, head east from the 7-2-11 gas station on Highway 64 in Shiprock, take the sixth turn into […]
By Sara Solovitch / Searchlight NM / Marriages and births. Allies and enemies. Wild game, migration patterns, the number of days of rainfall. For hundreds, if not thousands of years, indigenous peoples maintained a strict count of the events, relationships and surroundings that determined their very survival. Native Americans were among the world’s first counters, […]
The census and NM’s border cities By Ed Williams / Searchlight NM / According to the state tourism bureau, Sunland Park is one of the last towns of the Old West, tucked below the commanding peak of Mt. Cristo Rey, a slender finger of southern New Mexico between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. To […]
DEPORTATIONS FORCE FATHER TO LIVE APART FROM HIS FAMILY By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM / EL PASO, Texas and VALLE DE JUÁREZ, Mexico – Gabriela Castañeda and Adrián Hernández were lovestruck teenagers when, in 2002, they crossed the border to start a life together far from the violence-plagued valley east of Ciudad Juárez. They […]
By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM Legislators, auditors and business groups have tried for years to answer the question: Where does the state of New Mexico spend its money when it pays independent contractors for goods and services? Does the bulk of the money stay inside New Mexico? Or do most of the dollars […]