Monthly Archives: January 2016

U.S.-Mexico Raid Nets Alleged Cartel Members

The U.S. government says its agents and Mexican federal police worked together to arrest at least 22 alleged members of the drug cartel headed by Chapo Guzman. The government has confirmed some of the details of a rare, publicly acknowledged, joint U.S.-Mexico operation with … Continue reading

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Sheriffs Want a Bigger Share of Texas Border Security Funding

There’s been a recent uptick in the number of unaccompanied minors and families crossing the Texas border illegally. In December, Governor Greg Abbott said he was responding by sending more state troopers to the border and keeping the state national … Continue reading

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A New Look at the Porvenir Massacre of 1918

January 28 marks a dark period in regional history. In 1918 more than a dozen West Texas residents – of Mexican descent – were executed near the border. The Texas Rangers were implicated in the killings, but said they were defending … Continue reading

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Murder Trial of Alpine Resident after First Week

Murders are rare in Brewster County, and a murder trial in Alpine has just wrapped up its first week. Keith Alan McWilliams is on trial for allegedly killing Walter “Trey” Sands III  in late October 2014. The last murder trial … Continue reading

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Blue Origin Completes Another Launch, Reusing Rocket for the First Time

The commercial space company Blue Origin completed another rocket launch Friday morning from its test site in rural West Texas. There were hints in recent days that some kind of test was imminent at the secretive facility north of Van Horn: temporary … Continue reading

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As Oil Labor Force Shrinks, West Texas Food Bank Expands

Oil has been trading below $30 a barrel this week and that’s bad news for the labor force in the Permian Basin. Some workers aren’t just out of a job, they’re barely staying afloat. But there’s one safety net that’s gotten … Continue reading

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Parks and Wildlife Commissioners Approve 50-Acre Expansion Plan for Balmorhea State Park

Updated Thursday, January 21 – 1:50 PM Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners have unanimously approved a planned 50-acre expansion at Balmorhea State Park. The vote came at a Thursday morning meeting. Under the proposal, the popular spring-fed swimming hole in West … Continue reading

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From West Texas, an Eagles Image-Maker Remembers Glenn Frey

Musician Glenn Frey died this week at age 67. With his band, the Eagles, he helped craft a country-rock sound that defined 1970s pop music in California. But there was a West Texas connection to this iconic West Coast band. Artist Boyd Elder … Continue reading

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Land Swap Will Give Nearly 600 New Acres to Big Bend Ranch State Park

Updated Thursday, January 21, 1:45 PM Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners have unanimously approved a proposed land swap that will give nearly 600 new acres of public lands to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas. The vote came … Continue reading

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Oil Prices Drop After U.S. Lifts Sanctions Against Iran

The prospect of Iranian oil adding to the global flood of crude pushed prices further down on Monday, with Brent crude, the international benchmark for crude oil, touching its lowest level since 2003 – below $28 dollars per barrel. International … Continue reading

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