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| Worldwide Millennium Photos | High School Rodeo | Parents So Soon | Tapia vs. Ayala |
| Basketball and N.M.: a Perfect Fit | Baby Alijah Blue's Fight for Life | Portraits From Russia |
| Life in a Traditional Town | Tour New Mexico | Embedded in Iraq | Leaving Holloman |


 

The Border & Beyond Nov. 2005
Each year, thousands of illegal immigrants cross into New Mexico, the majority passing through to bigger cities. Their presence here and elsewhere in the U.S. is a growing controversy. They provide inexpensive labor and pay taxes, but strain already burdened emergency rooms, schools and courtrooms. A team of Journal reporters spent the past few months exploring the effects— good and bad— of illegal immigration on the state. Today we begin their eight-day series, "The Border and Beyond," with the results of a Journal Poll on New Mexicans' opinions concerning the divisive issue.

Gambling in New Mexico: The Big Bet Jan. 2005
The first state-tribal agreements to legalize Indian casinos were signed 10 years ago in February. New Mexico has now had slot machines at horse-racing tracks for more than five years. In its eight-day series "The Big Bet," the Journal looks at the gambling industry in New Mexico and how it affects our pocketbooks, our neighbors and our communities.

A 9/11 Phony July 2004
Self-proclaimed rescue guru Doug Copp's mission to ground zero was considered so important that he had clearance to be flown to New York even though all civilian air traffic in the United States had been grounded. Once there, he says he assumed a pivotal role and sustained devastating injuries while wading through the "toxic soup" in search of survivors and victims, and was awarded nearly $650,000 for his injuries. But there is little evidence Copp performed real rescue work, and it is doubtful that he deserves compensation.

Dry Horizon: Water in the West July 2003
Water. We thought we had a lot more of it than we do. Throughout the West, a harsh reality is setting in: we have limits on water that will force us to make hard choices. Swelling population and increased demand on supplies limited by geology and weather leave no alternative.

Salt Lake City Olympics Winter 2002
Telling the stories of the Salt Lake Olympics with photos from Journal photographer Jim Thompson.

DWI in New Mexico: The Hard Truth May 2002
The human toll drunken driving inflicts on our state is mind-numbing. The statistics you will read in this special report make that clear, and I won't repeat them here. Suffice it to say it is a problem that we grow hardened to and often ignore, perhaps because it seems so big and virtually impossible to solve. Avoidance is our defense mechanism.

At Ground Zero Sept. 2001
Publisher T.H. Lang flew to New York twice after the Sept. 11 attacks to drop off relief crews and reporting teams from the Albuquerque Journal. What follows are the stories and photos the teams found at Ground Zero.

The Seamy Side of Route 66 Sept. 2000
American tourists used to speed along Route 66, the famed mother road connecting the Midwest to California. In Albuquerque, they rested at the dozens of motels that lined Central Avenue. But Interstate 40 soon left the motels in the shadows, and now they're magnets for drug dealing and prostitution. How bad is the crime and what, if anything, can the city do about it?

Savage Sound April-May 2000
The music is hard and the lyrics brutal. Some of the graphic violence is directed at women. Rape and torture are not uncommon themes. The genre is known as "death metal," and it is readily available to kids in music stores and over the Internet. Clerks will sell it to children without batting an eye. Journal investigative reporter Thomas J. Cole explores this macabre music and culture in a two-part series.

Four-Lane Politics Dec. 1999 and Jan. 2000
The widening of 118 miles of N.M. 44 from San Ysidro to the Four Corners area is the biggest road project in New Mexico history. At a cost of $420 million, including financing, it is also the most expensive. The Johnson administration says its plan is so innovative it could change the way states handle highway construction projects. Critics call it a disaster in the making.

'Universal Odomoter' Gets Ready to Click Over to 2000 1999
The Journal's coverage of that most important of dates&@151;the start of the third millennium. Over the next four years, the Journal's staff will explore the vital issues of today and how they will affect New Mexico's future, as well as the intriguing history of our region.

Troubled Times in Nursing Homes Aug.-Oct. 1999
The nursing home industry has mounted an intense lobbying and public relations campaign for increased Medicare funding. There is no doubt the industry is hemorrhaging red ink, and that it has a prescription of a quick fix: more government money and less regulation. This series by Journal investigative reporter Thom Cole shows it's not that simple.

Portraits From Russia Nov. 1998
Russia has been both our ally and mortal enemy this century. Americans breathed a sigh of relief as the Cold War ended, the Soviet Union disintegrated and Russians embraced elections and capitalism. But reforms have stumbled badly and Russia has been plunged into economic chaos. Still a military superpower, Russia again finds itself at a crossroads as the world watches nervously.

N.M. Ethnic Harmony: Myth or Reality? June 1997
President Clinton's call for a national dialogue on race relations and an Ohio congressman's suggestion that the U.S. apologize to black Americans for slavery have renewed the debate about how well we all get along. New Mexicans often boast that our state is somehow different -- that we just seem to mix better. Others suggest we're simply good at disguising our conflicts. The Journal takes a look at those notions in stories based on interviews with more than 60 New Mexicans.

Mexico on the Edge March 1997
Mexico has endured earthquakes, uprisings and economic panics. But this nation of nearly 100 million people now faces what might be the most difficult challenge in recent history: moving from one-party rule to a multiparty democracy at a time when drug cartels have gained unprecedented power and influence. Albuquerque Journal reporter Richard Parker gives readers a glimpse of this most important time in the history of our neighbor to the south.

Seeking a Safe Haven 1997
The state's safety net for children has far too many holes. Children are kept in abusive families too long, while others are sent to foster homes where new abuse occurs. The problems are longstanding: Critics say they are getting worse, while Child Protective Services promises to strengthen the net. This report by Journal investigative reporter Colleen Heild looks at the system and what might be done about it.

Trinity: 50 Years Later July 1995
It was an experiment that changed history. Conducted in an isolated part of New Mexico, the blast at the Trinity site was the United States first atmoic explosion. Albuquerque Journal reporters Larry Calloway, Fritz Thompson and Patrick Armijo talked to people in New Mexico and elsewhere who were either directly involved with test or witnessed the massive explosion. The stories they tell paint a vivid picture of a bygone era and of things yet to come.

Beaten at the Border Jan. 1995
Tons of cocaine are entering the United States from Mexico in semi-trailer trucks every year. Yet Customs failed to make a single bulk cargo seizure at the El Paso ports of entry last year. Why is the United States getting beaten at the border? This series by Journal reporter Mike Gallagher explores the factors that allow it to happen.


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