Marfa Public Radio School Announces Inaugural Podcast Cohort

Marfa Public Radio School is hosting its first podcasting training workshop this weekend. The virtual workshop will run from Friday, June 25 through Tuesday, June 29.


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U.S. Army Military Institute photograph. Lt. Henry J. Farnsworth – and two dozen troopers under his command – had a running engagement with Cheyenne warriors near present-day Pampa, Texas on Nov. 6, 1874.

“A Most Desperate Fight”: Battlefield Archeology on the West Texas Plains

What archeology tells us about the past is often partial, tentative, generating as many questions as answers. Yet in some cases, archeology can reveal the past in stunning detail.  Fought on the Llano Estacado and its caprock canyons in 1874, … Continue reading

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What Is Critical Race Theory? Explaining The Discipline That Texas’ Governor Wants To “Abolish”

Those who study the discipline say attacks on it are targeting any teachings that challenge and complicate dominant narratives about the country’s history and identity.


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Texas Historian Says ‘1836 Project’ Has More ‘Bark Than Bite’

The law aims to promote a “patriotic” telling of the state’s history. But some critics, among them historian Brian Franklin at Southern Methodist University, worry about what that will cover.


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The park will officially reopen on June 26 to visitors for day use only. The announcement comes after years of maintenance problems, which forced intermittent closures including one lasting nearly two weeks and another lasting over 660 days. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

For First Time Since 2019, Swimmers Will Be Able To Dive Into Balmorhea’s Waters Again

Balmorhea State Park will officially re-open on June 26 to visitors for day use only. The announcement comes after years of maintenance problems, which forced intermittent closures.


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After Pandemic Lull, Presidio High School Rocketry Team Returns to Nationals

This weekend, twelve Presidio High School students are headed to Rockdale, Texas, to compete in the national rocketry competition. Presidio students are regulars at the competition –– for over a decade, they’ve been beating out hundreds of teams with more resources. But in a year defined by a pandemic, the challenge they face is a little different.


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Fans entered Kokernot Field during a rainy opening day.

With The Alpine Cowboys’ Season Opener, Fans Take Swing At Normalcy

Last May, the Alpine Cowboys were forced to cancel their 2020 season due to COVID-19. But now, the Cowboys are taking Kokernot Field again and fans are packing the stadium, eager for the return of baseball and a sense of normalcy. 


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Pipes waiting to be buried during construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in 2017. (Will Mederski)

Report Outlines Ways to Protect Big Bend Region from Energy Sprawl

A long-awaited report from the Respect Big Bend Coalition lays out recommendations for balancing new energy projects with land conservation in the Big Bend region.


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ERCOT Calls On Texans To Conserve Power Amid High Summer Demand, Forced Outages

High electricity demand is adding to the pressure on the grid, as cities across Texas expect temperatures in the 90s or higher this week.

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Gov. Greg Abbott Says Texas Will Build A Border Wall, But Doesn’t Yet Give Details On Cost Or Location

The governor suggested more details would be released next week. The announcement Thursday of several initiatives is the latest in an ongoing conflict between Abbott, a Republican, and Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration.

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In First Session Since 2019 Mass Shootings, Texas Legislators Make It Easier To Carry Guns

After Texas was rocked by back-to-back mass shootings, some of the state’s top Republican leaders promised change. Gun safety advocates and Democratic lawmakers hoped gun violence prevention might become a priority. Yet the legislative session that just wrapped moved in the opposite direction.

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Texas’ 1836 Project Aims To Promote “Patriotic Education,” But Critics Worry It Will Gloss Over State’s History Of Racism

The project is essentially an advisory committee designed to promote the state’s history to Texas residents, largely through pamphlets given to people receiving driver’s licenses.

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Historic Marfa Building Badly Damaged in Overnight Fire

The building in downtown Marfa, once used as an architecture office by the late artist Donald Judd, was in the midst of a renovation when it caught fire early Friday morning.

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