Tag Archives: West Texas

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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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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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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Robert Irwin Brings ‘Big’ To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He’s spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.

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Blue Origin Sticks Fourth Reusable Rocket Landing

The commercial space company Blue Origin completed another rocket launch from West Texas Sunday morning, marking the fourth time the company owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has reused a rocket booster. The company’s New Shepard space vehicle blasted off just … Continue reading

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Escuder Scores Democratic Primary Win Over Incumbent 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton

This story has been updated to include a statement from 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton. Alpine lawyer Jaime Escuder pulled a comfortable win over incumbent 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Escuder will go on to face … Continue reading

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Blue Origin Completes Another Launch, Reusing Rocket for the First Time

The commercial space company Blue Origin completed another rocket launch Friday morning from its test site in rural West Texas. There were hints in recent days that some kind of test was imminent at the secretive facility north of Van Horn: temporary … Continue reading

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Land Swap Will Give Nearly 600 New Acres to Big Bend Ranch State Park

Updated Thursday, January 21, 1:45 PM Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners have unanimously approved a proposed land swap that will give nearly 600 new acres of public lands to Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas. The vote came … Continue reading

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Life Sentence Cut for Texas Sheriff Who Once Symbolized “War on Drugs”

The life sentence of former Presidio County Sheriff Rick Thompson for a federal drug trafficking conviction has been reduced to 30 years. The iconic lawman was once a symbol of the “War on Drugs.” In the predawn hours of Dec. 3, … Continue reading

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Winter Storm Could Affect Holiday Travel This Weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Midland is forecasting the possibility for some winter weather across West Texas this weekend (December 26-27). That could of course affect travel plans in and out of the region of the holidays, so here’s … Continue reading

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