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UTEP Helps Revamp Efforts to Collect Blackwell School History

Over the last 10 years, there have been two big pushes to collect the oral histories of former Blackwell School students. Both efforts eventually stalled due to lack of resources, but a third big push is underway, this time with … Continue reading

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Marfa’s Turkey Menace: Small-town Bully, Or Just a Lonely Tom?

For many, Thanksgiving conjures up images of friends and family, warm bodies and full bellies. But in the West Texas town of Marfa, Thanksgiving reminds folks about a local controversial figure, and restarts the conversation about what to do with … Continue reading

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Train Hits, Kills One Person in Marfa

This story will be updated as details become available. One person is dead after being hit by an eastbound train in Marfa, according to Marfa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Mitschke and the Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific Spokesperson Jeff DeGraff … Continue reading

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Does the Rise of Airbnb Mean Fewer Housing Options for Marfa Residents?

Home rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO have gotten hugely popular over recent years, but as the market for short-term rentals grows across the country, people are concerned about how that’s affecting long-term housing options. The research is just getting started, but the impact … Continue reading

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Band Will Be Cut at Marfa I.S.D., Superintendent Explains Budget Struggles

Reports recently surfaced that Marfa I.S.D.’s band program may have to be cut soon due to a sizable budget deficit at the district. CBS 7 reported that the district is facing a nearly $400,000 deficit, due in large part to the … Continue reading

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Marfa Airport Receives $800,000 From State

The Marfa Municipal Airport has been awarded about $800,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation, TxDOT said Thursday. The funds were approved at a July meeting of the Texas Transportation Commission. They’ll be used for planned airport improvements, including some … Continue reading

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“Physical Altercation” in Marfa Leads to Man Being Stabbed 17 Times

A late-night confrontation in Marfa over the weekend resulted in one man being stabbed 17 times, and the 20-year-old Marfa resident who allegedly committed the act charged with a second degree felony. According to the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office, deputies … Continue reading

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Texas To Mexico Pipeline: Unfinished Business In The Big Bend

MARFA, Texas —Six landowners in west Texas have won a series of awards totaling in the millions of dollars against a company building a controversial natural gas pipeline. A seventh case went against a landowner. The landowners are part of a group … Continue reading

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Familiar Themes in an Artist Colony’s Evolution

Our morning host Travis Bubenik has been traveling around Cape Cod, Massachusetts for the past couple of weeks, exploring the commonalities between Far West Texas and small communities on the northeastern coast. It’s part of our host exchange experiment, Radio Hometown: … Continue reading

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Host Exchange Dispatch: Can Cape Cod Teach Marfa How To Be a Tourist Economy?

Marfa Public Radio and WCAI in Woods Hole, Massachusetts have embarked on a first-of-its-kind public radio experiment. WCAI All Things Considered host Steve Junker is swapping places with KRTS Morning Edition host Travis Bubenik for three weeks.  We’re exploring what … Continue reading

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