TXDot Receives $50M For Permian Basin Projects

By Mitch Borden 

Permian Basin roads are buckling under the strain of commercial traffic as the region’s oil industry booms. Congested roads are stifling production and creating public safety hazards, but a recent federal grant may relieve some of the stress put on the region’s infrastructure.

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Dr. Katie Ray checks on pregnant patient Reba Griggs at a rural community clinic in Marfa. Griggs spent the first half of her pregnancy traveling to hospitals three hours away in Odessa before transferring to Ray’s clinic. (Natalie Krebs)

When Obstetrics Units Close, Rural Hospitals Save At The Expense Of Women’s Health

By Natalie Krebs

Forty years ago, nearly all of the state’s rural hospitals delivered babies, but today, that only happens in about 40 percent of those facilities. That’s because many obstetrics units are closing down.

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Midwest Retailer Shopko Closing Multiple Stores, Including One In Presidio

This week Wisconsin  retailer Shopko announced it would close 39 stores in 19 states across the country, including one in Presidio.

The announcement comes as the company is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to Bloomberg.

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Aerial view of the tent city at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The shelter opened in June and has grown approximately 10 times in size, compared to file photos. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune.

With Contract Set To Expire, Still No Word On What’s Next For Immigration Center At Tornillo

After receiving several contract extensions, the tent city’s operators say they want the government to find a long-term solution. But they also don’t want to abandon the children held there.

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Roseland Klein, host of “Classical Midday,” posing with her mannequins while enjoying a glass of champagne. (Diana Nguyen)

What Kind Of Yoga Does Roseland Klein Do And How Often?

There’s no denying it — Classical Midday host and longtime Fort Davis resident Roseland Klein is in great shape. Roseland, lovingly known as the matriarch of Marfa Public Radio, is celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, December 8th. And like many of us … Continue reading

An Austin Police officer on a motorcycle on I-35 near downtown Austin on May 10, 2016. (Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT)

Lawsuit Claims Texas’ Driver License-Suspension Program Is Unconstitutional

By Andrew Weber, KUT News

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over its automatic driver license-suspension program. The suit alleges the state’s Driver Responsibility Program has unconstitutionally suspended 1.4 million Texans’ licenses for failure to pay fines.

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For a long time, 911 calls for car wrecks and traumatic accidents in Glasscock County were few and far between. But the calls have now doubled. (Mitch Borden/Marfa Public Radio)

In the Permian Basin, An Increase In Traffic Accidents Is Taking A Toll On EMTs

By Mitch Borden

Driving in the Permian Basin can be dangerous. Roads are packed, huge commercial trucks barrel down the highways, drivers can be careless. The rate of fatal car crashes in the region is rising steeply.

This increase can be difficult and personal for first responders who see these wrecks and take care of the injured.

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A Health and Human Services-operated tent shelter housing migrant children in Tornillo, TX will remain open until at least the end of the year. (Courtesy HHS)

West Texas Migrant Shelter To Retroactively Do Fingerprint Checks On Staff

A federal agency says they will now retroactively perform FBI-fingerprint checks on all employees at a temporary shelter for migrant children in West Texas.

Initial background checks were less rigorous.

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Currently, Presidio residents have to drive 85 miles to Alpine or 150 miles to Fort Stockton to get in-person driver's license services. (Sally Beauvais / Marfa Pubic Radio)

Presidio Officials Say Drivers License Office On Track To Reopen In January

In Presidio, a drivers license office that’s been shuttered for months is on track to reopen in January. The Department of Public Safety halted services there in August, as local branches grappled with a staffing shortage. 

Now, city officials in Presidio say DPS is training former employee Alma Martin — who worked for department for 28 years before retiring in 2016 — to reopen the office. She’ll be able to offer both license renewals and driving tests for area residents.

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Discovering Fort Davis’ Past Through Historical Markers of the Present

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn investigates the colorful history of Fort Davis through the historical markers in the area.


The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Thu. Dec 6 Interview: Re-broadcast: Claire Dederer Asks “What Do We Do With The Art Of Monstrous Men?”

For the rest of December, we’ll be revisiting our favorite interviews and stories from the past year on West Texas Talk

In September, Rachel Monroe spoke to writer Claire Dederer when she was in town for a residency with the Lannan Foundation. Dederer is the author of two acclaimed memoirs –Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses and Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning. 

She’s currently working on Monsters, her forthcoming book that investigates good art made by bad people. The book is based on her viral 2017 essay for the Paris Review, “What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?”

Dederer is a long-time contributor to the New York Times, and her essays, criticism, and reviews have also appeared in the Paris ReviewThe AtlanticThe NationVogueSlateSalonNew YorkElle, and many other publications.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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Beyond Rock Art: Discovering Daily Life in Prehistory at Hueco Tanks

Hueco Tanks State Park, east of El Paso, contains an ancient rock art legacy unlike any in West Texas, or in North America. Thousands of painted images on stone outcroppings suggest this was a place of tremendous importance, of sacred … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.
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President Bush’s Final Journey Will Be By Train

Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport George H.W. Bush’s remains from Spring to College Station.

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Voters in Midland Weigh In On Education, School Board Runoff Election

By Mitch Borden

Today, some Midland voters, will decide who will be the latest to join the Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees. A race for the District 5 seat is in a runoff between former teacher Heidi Kirk and Midland County Library Director John Trischitti.

And voters in this corner of the district have a lot on their minds when it comes to education.

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