Author Archives: Bayla Metzger

About Bayla Metzger

Intern/Reporter/Producer

The Cost of Living in a Dirt Home

A new classification system for adobe structures has caused a big jump in property taxes for some Presidio County homeowners. Adobe is one of the most humble building materials around: it’s essentially mud, water and straw, shaped into brick, and … Continue reading

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We’re Hiring a Development Director!

Marfa Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media from West Texas serves a critical role in our state and our nation: from … Continue reading

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Presidio County Appraisal District Fills Board Vacancy Left by Carlos Nieto

A special meeting of the Presidio County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors was held yesterday afternoon. One of the items on the agenda was filling the vacant slot left by former chairman, Carlos Nieto. Nieto had held a seat on … Continue reading

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AT&T Outage in the Big Bend Region

AT&T has reported a cut fiber optic line in the Fort Stockton area, which has caused a disruption in both land and cellular service. According to AT&T Government Relations, a crew is working on it and they hope to have … Continue reading

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Harvey Closures Could Threaten to Strand Permian Basin Oil

More than 500 miles from the flooding in Houston, oil fields in the Permian Basin are dry – but that doesn’t mean that they won’t feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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Eclipse 2017

Unless you’ve been in a complete media black out over the last week, you know that a solar eclipse crossed the United States today. Here in West Texas, we experienced a partial eclipse, but many people traveled to get a … Continue reading

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Join Us as Texas Standard Broadcasts Live from Marfa

On Friday, August 18, Texas Standard will broadcast live from the Marfa Public Radio station. Join us from 10 – 11am for a coffee tailgate listening party outside the station while David Brown hosts news from across Texas!

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Wind Energy Construction is Up

The number of wind farm projects under construction in the U.S. has grown by more than 40% since this time last year, according to a report by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

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Balmorhea State Park Works to Preserve Resources Amid Growing Popularity

Balmorhea State Park is home to the largest spring-fed swimming pool in the world. Each day, the San Solomon Springs pumps 15 million gallons of fresh water through the pool. But what used to be a hidden gem in the … Continue reading

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Permit Granted to Export Water from Fort Stockton

Almost a decade after filing its first application, the family of oilman Clayton Williams has been granted a permit to pump millions of gallons of water out of Pecos County. The permit was granted by the Middle Pecos Groundwater Conservation … Continue reading

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