Midland: Our City, Our Stories

“Midland: Our City, Our Stories” — a collaboration between Basin PBS and Marfa Public Radio — highlights the diverse stories and experiences of Midlanders. Along with the stories found here, Basin PBS is producing several documentaries that will air every Thursday in September.

(Brenden Cicoria for Marfa Public Radio)

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Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton at a border security briefing in January. On Wednesday, Abbott directed the Department of Public Safety to target drug cartels as fentanyl deaths continue in Texas. (Michael Gonzalez for The Texas Tribune)

As fentanyl plagues Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott directs state police to focus on cartels

Abbott directed the Department of Public Safety to boost efforts to collect intelligence on cartels and investigate gangs in Texas that support drug and human smuggling.


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A view of Valentine, Texas. (Nicolas Henderson via Flickr/Creative Commons.)

Valentine man seeks to bolster town’s emergency health care options with “rescue squad”

The West Texas town doesn’t have much in the way of emergency medical care options, but one local is organizing an effort to train volunteers in basic first responder skills.


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Overturning Roe created new barriers, not just to abortion, but to OB-GYN training

Communities across the country may lose obstetricians if medical students can’t get the training needed.


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Congress approves bill making Marfa’s Blackwell School a national historic site

The bipartisan measure comes after years of work by Blackwell alumni to preserve the school’s history. The new historic site will be partly dedicated to exploring the broader history of school segregation of Mexican-Americans across the southwest. | Lea esta nota en español


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Midland ISD names interim superintendent and begins search for district’s new leader

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees accepted Superintendent Angelica Ramsey’s resignation early Tuesday morning as she departed Midland to accept a leadership position at Fort Worth ISD.


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People sit on a sidewalk at the San Antonio Migrant Resource Center, where 48 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, who were sent via Florida to Martha’s Vineyard had originated. (REUTERS/Jordan Vonderhaar)

Bexar County sheriff launches investigation into Florida flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two flights to send migrants recruited in San Antonio to the tony Massachusetts vacation spot, a move that drew outrage after some migrants later said they were misled into getting on the planes.


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(Annie Rosenthal / Marfa Public Radio)

City and county officials cut funding for Presidio port authority, citing concerns about transparency and need

The Presidio International Port Authority was created to facilitate construction of the international bridge to Ojinaga. The group has received tens of thousands of dollars from the city and county each year since 2016. Now, officials are divided on what that money has accomplished.


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Presidio City Council members learned last week that border authorities may soon be changing their processing policies at the local port of entry. (Sally Beauvais / Marfa Public Radio)

El noticiero semanal: Muerte de un migrante en Big Bend, el alcalde de Presidio no se presenta a la reelección y condenan a un hombre de Alpine por el ataque del 6 de enero

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.


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Josie and Santos Ramos dance during a Cinco de Mayo parade and festival on April 30. The couple have been married for 49 years and raised their family in Texas City. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune)

Hispanic Texans may now be the state’s largest demographic group, new census data shows

For years, the state’s Hispanic population has grown significantly faster than the white population. The new census data is the first to reflect Texas passing a milestone in its cultural and political evolution.


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Midland: Our City, Our Stories

“Midland: Our City, Our Stories” — a collaboration between Basin PBS and Marfa Public Radio — highlights the diverse stories and experiences of Midlanders. Along with the stories found here, Basin PBS is producing several documentaries that will air every Thursday in September.

(Brenden Cicoria for Marfa Public Radio)
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As the Park Marks 50 Years, Guadalupes Supt. Eric Leonard Seeks New Ways to Connect Visitors to this Singular Place

“Guadalupe Mountains National Park has a reputation as a hiker’s paradise. It’s deserved.” That headline from a New York Times article distills the dominant image of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. When the park was born – 50 years ago this … Continue reading

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El Congreso aprueba un proyecto de ley que convierte a la Escuela Blackwell de Marfa en un sitio histórico nacional

La medida bipartidista llega tras años de trabajo de los exalumnos de Blackwell para preservar la historia de la escuela. El nuevo sitio histórico se dedicará en parte a explorar la historia más amplia de la segregación escolar de los mexicano-americanos en el suroeste. | Read this story in English

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Revocar a Roe creó nuevas barreras, no solo para el aborto, sino también para la capacitación en obstetricia y ginecología

Las comunidades de todo el país pueden perder obstetras si los estudiantes de medicina no pueden obtener la capacitación necesaria.

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Alpine man sentenced to a week in prison and probation for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sean Watson originally bragged about his role in the attack, though his attorney says he now regrets his actions.

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U.S. border agency deactivates regional Twitter account that promoted homophobic tweet

The agency shut down the Twitter account for its West Texas regional office, saying “unauthorized and inappropriate content” was posted on the account on Saturday.

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