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Rising Concerns That New Oilfield Could Threaten Balmorhea Springs

The recent discovery of a massive oilfield in West Texas has many in the region on edge. Some are anticipating on a flow of jobs to the area but others are concerned that the drilling will spoil the desert’s beloved … Continue reading

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Residents Considering Possibility of More Drilling in the Balmorhea Area

This story has been updated to reflect developments after Wednesday night’s Balmorhea I.S.D. board of trustees meeting. At a meeting Wednesday evening, the Balmorhea Independent School District’s board of trustees was set to consider the possibility of leasing some of the district’s mineral … 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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A West Texas Oasis, Defined By Its Springs

In part one of our series on local histories in the Trans-Pecos region, we learned how Presidio’s very existence is tied to its strategic location on the Rio Grande. For part two, we traveled to another part of Far West … Continue reading

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In West Texas, A Little Water Goes a Long Way

In Far West Texas, a little water goes a long way. Balmorhea ranchers Don and Ellen Weinacht learned that in 2001, when they turned over part of their cattle ranch to create a wetland for migrating birds. Now, three years … Continue reading

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Balmorhea Water: A Family Divides Over Water Sales To Permian Basin

The 75 heirs of a legacy Texas homesteading family are divided. One side wants to keep the water under a total of 11 thousand acres just north of Balmorhea, the other side is selling their water for fracking. It’s a scenario … Continue reading

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