U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull from the El Paso Sector speaks at a press conference about a segment of the border wall being built near downtown El Paso, on Sept. 21, 2018. (Jesus Rosales for The Texas Tribune)

Federal Officials Unveil Plans For Four-Mile, 18-Foot-Tall Wall On Texas-Mexico Border

The El Paso “wall” — a steel bollard fence — is a reminder that the White House is doing what it can to make good on one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises.


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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera:O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)

Tonight Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Meet For First Of Three Debates

Texas Republican Sen.Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke will meet tonight in the first of three debates.

Tonight’s 6 p.m. debate in Dallas will focus on domestic policy.


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The Ector County school board will consider a proposal Tuesday on whether or not to fund "virtual teachers" in as many as 69 class sections. (Courtesy Proximity Learning)

Faced With A Teacher Shortage, West Texas School District May Be Latest To Go Virtual

As an oil boom increases housing costs and lures staff away, the Ector County school board has struggled to recruit and retain enough teachers.


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In West Texas, the windy season creates scenes that might seem unusual elsewhere. Above, during a recent spring, the backstop at the ballpark in Dell City stopped more tumbleweeds than baseballs. (Stephanie Smith)

Where the West Winds Blow: What Causes the West Texas Windy Season?

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Adele Powers lives in Marfa. “Windy season is the bane of my existence,” … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.

Thursday Interview: Station Update: Localore, West Texas Wonders, and Our Ancient, Troublesome Transmitter

In this episode, General Manager Elise Pepple joins Diana Nguyen to update listeners on what’s happenin’ at the station.

Here’s what they cover:

  • This year, the station received a grant to host storytelling workshops and events in West Texas. This is made possible through a grant from AIR’s project Localore. Find dates and more information here. To sign up for a workshop, shoot an email to storytelling@marfapublicradio.org.
  • West Texas Wonders is a journalism initiative the station launched this summer. Listeners submit questions, and we investigate. Check out this page to see the stories we’ve produced from this series, or to submit a question!
  • Elise Pepple explains what the deal with our broadcast in Marfa and Fort Davis is. (Hint: We’re using outdated technology.)
  • Membership Drive is just around the corner! Our fall drive will run from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. We’ll cap off the week with a block party at the station during Chinati Weekend’s Made in Marfa that Friday.
  • Did you miss your favorite music show? Don’t fret! You can listen to any program from the past week here. To find shows from our entire archive beginning in April, head over to our mixcloud.
West Texas Talk is each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.

Republican Pete Flores won the Texas Senate District 19 seat, previously help by Carlos Uresti. From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Flores and State Sen. Donna Campbell. (Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio)

Republican Pete Flores Takes Special Election for Senate District 19

In the special election for Senate District 19, Rep. Pete Flores edged out his Democratic opponent Pete Gallego. This marks the first time the reliably blue district has been held by Republican in decades.


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Robert "Bob" Krumenaker begins work at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 24 (Courtesy of National Park System)

BBNP’s New Superintendent on Deferred Maintenance, Preservation and Park Safety

Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects. 

Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future. 


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Repair contractors have started work on the state park's historic pool (Source: Balmorhea State Park Facebook)

Repair Work Begins At Balmorhea State Park Pool, Will Take ‘Several Months’ To Reopen

Repair work to the historic Balmorhea State Park swimming pool is officially underway. In September, contractors started the initial repair process. Officials say it’s still unclear just how long it will be until the pool reopens. 


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Where the West Winds Blow: What Causes the West Texas Windy Season?

Marfa’s Adele Powers asked West Texas Wonders about a natural phenomenon that touches the lives of everyone and everything in the region, literally — wind.

“Windy season is the bane of my existence,” Powers said, “and I think for a lot of other people too. I remember getting on my bike a couple years ago, and I couldn’t ride it because I was being blown off. It seems like this miserable thing – and I want to know why it happens.”

West Texas Wonders is partnering up with Nature Notes for this story.

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Beto O’Rourke Leads Ted Cruz By 2 Among Likely Voters In U.S. Senate Race, New Poll Finds

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, leads Republican incumbent Ted Cruz by 2 percentage points among likely voters, according to an Ipsos online poll released Wednesday in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia. O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz.

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It’s Election Day For Senate District 19. Here’s What You Need To Know

Voters across West Texas today will cast their ballots in a special election to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who stepped down after a jury found him guilty of 11 felonies.

The race for Senate District 19, which includes Brewster County, pits Republican Pete Flores, a retired game warden, against Democrat Pete Gallego, a former U.S. and state representative.

Voters in Brewster County will have until 7 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots.

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Texas Border Patrol agent accused of “serial killing spree” in Laredo

Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, has been accused of killing four women, including one transgender woman, and kidnapping a fifth woman, who escaped and alerted law enforcement.

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GOP determined To Flip Democratic-Friendly State Senate Seat In Overtime Round

The special election runoff Tuesday pits Republican Pete Flores against Democrat Pete Gallego for the seat formerly held by convicted state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

Find out where you can vast your ballot on Election Day, Sept. 18.

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