Author Archives: Diana Nguyen

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen produces the interview program West Texas Talk. She is particularly interested in exploring the intersection of range life, high-brow art, and the vast oil fields of West Texas.

Conservationists Are Working With Ranchers To Restore Grasslands and Bird Population

The disappearance of grasslands from the Chihuahuan Desert is exacerbating the problem of dwindling grassland birds. Conservationists with The Bird Conservancy of the Rockies have been working to understand why this is happening, and how to restore grasslands.

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Director Twila LaBar And Producer Sam Pfiester On “Blanche”

Last week, the film Blanche premiered in Marfa. It’s a story about a hermetic West Texas rancher suffering from the loss of his wife. But then, a friend decides to step in and help out… through some unconventional means.

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Can You Be Arrested for Shooting A Burro In The Davis Mountains Resort? It Depends.

In the Davis Mountains Resort, burros (often colloquially referred to as donkeys) are both loved and hated by residents. But recently, a series of mysterious deaths has a caused a controversy within the community. People are pooling together their money … Continue reading

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Documentary Filmmaker and BBCA Host Eminent Domain Town Hall in Marfa

It’s been about a year and half since the completion of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Still, advocates are calling for legislative reform to eminent domain — the process by which private land was acquired for the pipeline.

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What the “Robin Hood Plan” Means for Marfa ISD in Upcoming School Year

School starts next week in Marfa. But this year, Marfa Independent School District is working with a little less.

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From Riding to Roping: The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Returns to Alpine

The Big Bend Ranch Rodeo takes place from Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12 at various locations in Alpine. The rodeo showcases the everyday work of cowboys that takes place on cattle ranches. Some of the events for this … Continue reading

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Lower Left Co-Founder Nina Martin on 2018 Dance Ranch Marfa

  This week, twenty dancers from around the US and Canada will be in town to work, investigate, and collectively widen compositional, sensorial, and performance skills during the performance lab with Lower Left Performance Collective – a program of Marfa … Continue reading

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As Reunification Deadline Approaches, One Migrant Family Wonders When They’ll See Their Daughter Again

The looming deadline to reunify parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border is approaching quickly. A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to finish reuniting families before the end of this month, but it’s still unclear exactly … Continue reading

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Q&A with Melissa Lopez: What’s the process of reuniting parents with children?

As the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy continues to unfold along the Southwestern border, Marfa Public Radio has been collecting your questions about immigration in West Texas. One listener asked us: “What’s the process of reuniting parents with children, and … Continue reading

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Western District Dismisses Some Cases Involving Family Separation

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas dismissed some cases of illegal entry into the United States involving family separation. The announcement comes shortly after President Trump signed an executive order, which intends to end the administration’s … Continue reading

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