Searchlight New Mexico is saddened to learn about the upcoming demise of the Sierra County Sun, a valued and respected partner in our journalistic mission. Every time a newspaper folds, it’s a blow to democracy. The Sun’s departure before the holidays leaves a hole in the southern part of our state and we’re sorry to see it go.
We are grateful to the board of directors of the Sun for its generosity in transferring the paper’s remaining assets to Searchlight, a nonprofit investigative news organization dedicated to covering the entire state of New Mexico. These funds will help make it possible for Searchlight to extend its in-depth coverage of southern New Mexico.
Every week, we offer a thoughtful and in-depth examination of the issues you care about most. In the last few months:
• We’ve revealed conflicts of interest that mar a proposed multi-billion-dollar utility merger between a global energy giant and the state’s largest utility.
• Our ongoing coronavirus coverage exposed the economic and health impacts of the pandemic, while our award-winning “Hitting Home” project illuminated the impacts on five different communities, including Gallup, Shiprock, Las Vegas, Carlsbad and Las Cruces.
• Our investigation into the deletion of public records at the state Children, Youth and Families Department triggered policy reforms, departmental investigations and, ultimately, a change in CYFD leadership.
High-impact journalism is expensive. Keep the Sun alive in spirit by joining the Searchlight New Mexico community of readers and contributors. Donate here and your financial support—in tandem with the Sun’s generous contribution—will make it possible for us to deliver high-quality, accessible coverage of New Mexico.
So, welcome, Sun readers! We’d love to hear your story ideas and thank you in advance for joining Searchlight in its mission to strengthen watchdog journalism and local reporting.