The way forward

New Mexico is now officially ranked as the worst state in the country to be a child, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. With the spring session of the Legislature starting and a newly seated governor in place, advocates for the state's children weigh in on what should be done to turn things around.

Pay now and pay later

Developed by corporate giant Deloitte at an initial cost of $115 million, the ASPEN system was intended to streamline New Mexico’s processing of benefits for its poorest residents. But it has repeatedly failed them, cutting off tens of thousands of children and families from their financial lifeline.

Oil leases bring jobs, strains to southeast NM

The September 2018 sale of nearly $1 billion in federal oil and gas leases in southeast New Mexico has set off one of the greatest oil booms in American history and has overwhelmed everything from the region’s highway to its housing supply.

Fever pitch

Bitter competition between Presbyterian and UNM has meant kids who need specialized care are getting sent out of state — instead of to the competitor. Now the hospitals are finally talking about a partnership.