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Pipeline Battle Draws Hundreds To Remote North Dakota

Just 12 years old, Alice Brownotter leads a crowd of hundreds in a rally against a major oil pipeline. “We can’t drink oil,” they chant. “Keep it in the soil.” She’s protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is slated to … Continue reading

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Victor Valdez, the Singing Man of Boquillas, Dies

An iconic figure of the West Texas borderlands has died. Victor Valdez of Boquillas, Mexico was beloved by many for his singing that often welcomed visitors to his small town on the Rio Grande. He was a lifelong resident of … Continue reading

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High Culture Meets the High Desert with Fire Island Opera Festival

The high desert of West Texas was the stage for high culture over the weekend. The Fire Island Opera Festival from New York and Marfa Live Arts teamed up to hear and celebrate opera, an art form that combines, poetry, music, … Continue reading

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In Fort Stockton, Prisoners Connect to the Outside Through Radio

David Beebe, a DJ at Marfa Public Radio, knows a lot of music – enough to fill a three-hour slot every Tuesday night with just blues, funk, and R&B, genres he knows inside-and-out from growing up in music-rich Houston and playing in … Continue reading

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From Across Texas, Boxers Rally for the Inaugural “West Texas Fight Night”

When he’s in the ring Abel Mendoza wears bright pink shorts. The Fort Stockton native just graduated high school and is trying to make a splash in the boxing world. But to do that you have to find high-profile fights. … Continue reading

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City-Commissioned Sculpture Raises Questions Of Censorship

A public art piece in El Paso that was abruptly removed by city officials earlier this year is raising questions about censorship. The metal sculpture depicted a flock of birds carrying off fragments of guns once used to commit crimes. … Continue reading

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Lines in the Land: Stories about Lines that Define Life in West Texas

This month, we brought you a week-long news series called “Lines in the Land” that explored the visible – and invisible – lines that define life in West Texas. Our part of the state is chock full of physical – borders, railroads, highways, … Continue reading

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“The Tea Guy” Questions Relationships and Money in His Traveling School Bus

This is a story about how a simple cup of tea can bring people together and perhaps even get us to think more intently about the way money defines – and sometimes distracts us from – personal relationships. Guisepi Spadafora has been roaming … Continue reading

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Viva Terlingua Festival

As anybody who organizes festivals knows, “firsts” are rarely easy to pull off. Add the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert in August to the mix and you have more than the usual obstacles to overcome. Still, the first-ever Viva Terlingua … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Ballroom Marfa’s Drive-In “Indefinitely Deferred”

At 5:18 p.m., Melissa McDonnell Luján, Ballroom Marfa’s deputy director, released a statement to the media signed by Ballroom Co-Founders Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn regarding the future of their Drive-In project. An excerpt is included below. “The Ballroom Marfa … Continue reading

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