Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Border Patrol Shooting and Local Law Enforcement

As reported earlier, Border Patrol agents followed, shot, and killed a man last week, on January 22. The incident began when the man failed to stop for inspection at the checkpoint in Sierra Blanca in Hudspeth County. Now local law enforcement … Continue reading

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MRT: Veterans Parade Train Wreck Trial Dismissed

The jury trial over the deadly veterans parade train wreck in Midland from 2012 kicked off this week, but according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the trial is already over after having just begun. Plaintiffs in the case – family members of those … Continue reading

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A contract crew drills an oil well for Elevation Resources in Andrews County, north of Odessa. (Travis Bubenik / KRTS)

Midland-Odessa Stays Positive, but Oil Price Drop Won’t Be Easy

The falling price of oil is great news for consumers who are saving at the gas pumps, but in the center of the nation’s highest-producing oil field, cheaper gas means the economy’s hurting. Drilling is already slowing down, and people in Midland-Odessa … Continue reading

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Testimony Starts At Midland Trial: Veterans Suing Over Deadly 2012 Accident

Union Pacific railway and military veterans involved in the deadly collision of a freight train with a parade float in 2012 are now facing off in a Midland court room. On day one of testimony (Wednesday 28 Jan 2015) the … Continue reading

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State Vaccinates Border Against Rabies

Millions of rabies vaccinations have been dropped from planes along the Texas-Mexico border this month. The vaccinations target wildlife, an effort by the Department of State Health Services to stop rabies from crossing the border. Today is the final day … Continue reading

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End of the Road for the Tumbleweed?

You’re driving on the interstate on a windy West Texas day and all of a sudden out of the corner of your eye, you see something barreling across the road.  Before you can react, it hits your car.  You’ve just … Continue reading

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House Leaders Postpone Contentious Border Bill Vote Indefinitely

House leaders in Congress have postponed indefinitely a vote on a border security bill, known as the “Secure Our Borders First Act.” The bill would penalize the Department of Homeland Security if it fails to stop all illegal border crossings within five years. The postponement … Continue reading

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McDonald Observatory

West Texans Study the Large Asteroid Passing the Earth on Monday

Despite some cloud coverage Monday night, many amateur astronomers in West Texas will be looking for a passing asteroid. Using telescopes – and even just strong binoculars – tonight astronomers will be focusing their lenses on Asteroid 2004 BL86. The … Continue reading

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Spirit of Discovery along the Rio Grande

For Jon Kalb, each step on the desert floor brings a measure of excitement with the possibility of discovering something new. A retired research geologist with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (Texas Memorial Museum) at the University of Texas, Kalb has … Continue reading

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Man Killed by Border Patrol after Fleeing Sierra Blanca Checkpoint

On Thursday, Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who authorities say failed to stop for inspection at a Sierra Blanca checkpoint and then fled east for 30 miles on I-10. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday … Continue reading

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