Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Outgoing Sul Ross President Pete Gallego facing possible “no confidence” vote by faculty

An internal faculty body at the Big Bend-area university is pushing forward with a process that could result in a non-binding, yet symbolically powerful, resolution calling for Gallego’s “immediate removal.” But some have raised concerns about the effort being rushed and procedurally flawed.


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Marfa Public Radio Hires Two New Staff Members

We are thrilled to welcome two new staff members to the Marfa Public Radio team. Please join us in celebrating them!


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Power lines heading into Marfa, Texas. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

AEP planning major upgrade to power lines, poles between Marfa and Fort Davis

The electric transmission company wants to replace and upgrade its infrastructure between the two towns.


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Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Sul Ross President Pete Gallego cites family reasons in announcing his resignation

The Alpine native and former lawmaker informed officials with the university’s parent system last week that he would resign his post at Sul Ross State University in June 2022, at the end of the current academic year.


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After nearly two years of isolation, Boquillas prepares to reopen

In March 2020, the small port of entry connecting the town of Boquillas to Big Bend National Park shut down completely, separating the community from the tourists who sustained it. Over the last 20 months, residents have had to get creative to make ends meet. Now, after watching restrictions lift along the rest of the border earlier this month, they’re celebrating the reopening of their own port. | Lea esta nota en español


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The administrative offices of Preventative Care Health Services in Alpine, Texas, pictured in January 2021. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins In Far West Texas

The rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 has begun, and healthcare providers are arranging clinics and planning for vaccine distribution across Far West Texas. One of those providers is Preventative Care Health Services and the group’s CEO Linda Molinar recently spoke to Marfa Public Radio about the clinic’s plans.


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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks at “Texans Rally for Our Voting Rights” at the Texas Capitol in Austin on May 8, 2021. (Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune)

Beto O’Rourke says he’s running for Texas governor

O’Rourke’s decision to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott ends months of speculation and gives Democrats a formidable campaigner at the top of the ticket — someone who transformed Texas politics with his blockbuster campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.


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On Nov. 8, the border reopens to “non-essential travel” by fully vaccinated foreigners. Residents of Presidio and Ojinaga are celebrating the reopening, after nearly two years of economic and social strain. (Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT)

Presidio and Ojinaga celebrate lifting of border travel restrictions

Today, the border reopens to “non-essential travel” for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. After twenty months of restrictions, fully vaccinated Mexicans will now be able to enter the U.S. to shop or visit friends and family. | Lea esta nota en español


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Chihuahuan Desert Neolithic: Integrating Farming and Foraging in the Prehistoric Past

The recent dating of fossilized human footprints in White Sands National Park – to 23,000 years old –  makes it plain: people have lived in our region for a very long time.  Much of that history was highly mobile. In … Continue reading

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Tras casi dos años de aislamiento, Boquillas se prepara para reabrir

En marzo de 2020, el pequeño puesto de entrada que conecta el pueblo de Boquillas con el Parque Nacional de Big Bend cerró por completo, separando a la comunidad de los turistas que la mantenían. Durante los últimos veinte meses, los residentes han tenido que ser muy creativos y tecnológicos para llegar a fin de mes. Ahora, tras ver cómo desde principios de este mes se levantan las restricciones en el resto de la frontera, celebran la reapertura de su propio paso fronterizo.|Read this story in English

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In Hidden Genetic and Microbial Realms, Scientists Seek Tools to Safeguard the Bighorns of West Texas

“You just can’t live in Texas,” as Waylon Jennings sang, “unless you gotta lotta soul,” and West Texans might reasonably think it applies to them more than those in softer parts of the state. But there’s a West Texas creature … Continue reading

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Unvaccinated people 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19, Texas data shows

From Sept. 4 to Oct. 1, unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 complications than fully vaccinated people, according to state data.

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Presidio y Ojinaga celebran el levantamiento de las restricciones de viaje en la frontera

Hoy, la frontera se reabre a los “viajes no esenciales” por primera vez desde el comienzo de la pandemia. Después de veinte meses de restricciones, los mexicanos totalmente vacunados podrán ahora entrar en Estados Unidos para hacer compras o visitar a sus amigos y familiares. Esto es un gran acontecimiento para los habitantes de Presidio y Ojinaga: las restricciones han hecho mella en ambos lados del río. | Read this story in English

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