Searchlight New Mexico
- Seeking shelter
After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.
- A broken system
From medical health privacy laws to a maze of siloed information systems, a true accounting of COVID-19’s impact on Indian Country is impossible to know.
- Crossings to bear
For years, drought and poverty have taken a harsh toll on this border town’s agriculture and migrant workers. Then came the coronavirus.
- Records without a trace
Records show CYFD destroyed communications on COVID response, other official documents. Employees who complained were fired.
- Back to the well
Oil and gas funds everything from campaigns to government functions in New Mexico, complicating the state’s transition away from fossil fuels.