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West Texas residents become U.S. citizens at Fort Davis naturalization ceremony

Eleven West Texas residents became U.S. citizens Monday during a naturalization ceremony at the Fort Davis Historic Site.

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New Decade-Long Study Confirms West Texas Hummingbird Population Rivaled Only by Arizona

A new study published in July by Fort Davis biologist Kelly Bryan confirms that West Texas has the second-most diverse hummingbird population in the country, with 17 species identified in the region. The study, which Bryan has been collecting data for … Continue reading

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150 Years Later, History of the Buffalo Soldiers Remains Obscure for Many

150 years ago this week, the first entirely black army regiment was formed. Later nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers, these regiments were critical to America’s westward expansion but have been largely forgotten in history books and popular culture. If you’re not … Continue reading

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The Rock House Fire: 5 Years Later

The Rock House Fire remains the largest grassland fire in Texas history. On Saturday, April 9, 2011, it began its rampage across Far West Texas, affecting many residents. Today during the Spring Membership Drive for Marfa Public Radio, we revisit some of … Continue reading

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Grassland Fire Coming Under Control North of Fort Davis

Friday 4 PM: The wildland fire north of Fort Davis is 90% contained. The fire ran up in some rocky areas and died down. Crews did arrive from Fort Stockton. No structures were damaged. There are a few hot spots left, but … Continue reading

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Discovery of New Planet at McDonald Observatory in West Texas

The McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis announced Wednesday the discovery of a new planet. It’s located in the Hyadesstar cluster. The planet is K2-25B. The lead astronomer with the discovery is Andrew Mann. It’s a warm afternoon on top of … Continue reading

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The Drought’s Over, But Ranchers Rein in Excitement

The recent rains throughout the state have led some scientists to declare Texas’s state-wide drought over. Ranchers, however, remain wary. For the McIvors, one of the oldest ranching families in the area, the last five years have been no easier … Continue reading

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Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Most Earth-like Planet To Date

Big news this morning from NASA’s planet hunting mission. Dr. Mike Endl, a research scientist with The University of Texas at Austin’s McDonald Observatory, spoke with the Texas Standard about the mission. Listen back to our episode of West Texas Talk with Dr. Endl … Continue reading

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For Astronomers’ Sake, Some Drillers Cut Their Lights

FORT DAVIS — As a cool breeze blew across the 6,800-foot mountain that Coyne Gibson stood on, he gazed at a night sky dotted with constellations, planets and meteors — all visible to the naked eye, thanks to the surrounding … Continue reading

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New Telescope Mirrors Will Help McDonald Observatory Researchers Study Dark Energy

Almost seven years ago, teams of engineers and scientists began designing mirrors for a telescope to study the universe’s dark energy. That’s the mysterious energy many scientists theorize the universe is largely made up of. No such mirrors had ever … Continue reading

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