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 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 […]
By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM New Mexico is over a year late in following a law that compels greater transparency in vendor contracts. In 2015, the legislature passed — without a single “no” vote — bills requiring the state to clearly indicate on the Sunshine Portal whether a contract went to a resident […]
SEARCHLIGHT ANALYSIS FINDS GROWING RELIANCE ON OUT-OF-STATE VENDORS By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM Billions of taxpayer dollars have flowed out of state since 2013 due to government purchases that are not filled — or cannot be filled — by New Mexico companies, a Searchlight New Mexico analysis finds. Over the past five […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM They told me they were going to handcuff me, and I begged them not to do it in front of my daughter. I said goodbye to my daughter and I told another young girl, a little older, who also had been separated to take care of my daughter. They […]
By Lauren Villagran / Searchlight NM SANTA FE — A death threat against immigration attorney Allegra Love launched an FBI investigation and forced the Santa Fe advocate to abandon her home until the danger passed, sources have told Searchlight New Mexico. The threat came in an April 29 voicemail from a New Mexico phone number. […]
EDUCATED WORKERS ARE LEAVING THE STAE IN SEARCH OF A BRIGHT FUTURE By Amy Linn / Searchlight NM Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented […]
ADVOCATES CALL ON POLICYMAKERS TO PUT KIDS FIRST By John R. Roby / Searchlight NM Editor’s note: Searchlight New Mexico receives funding support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Prospects for children in New Mexico are the worst in the nation, according to newly released data that rank states across 16 measures of child […]