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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An expected economic boost from the Shafter Mine into Presidio County never materialized (Lorne Matalon)

Cibolo Creek Ranch owner wants to turn Shafter into a history museum, but says he needs the local silver mine too

A non-profit funded by John Poindexter, the wealthy Texas businessman who owns a sprawling ranch resort in the Big Bend region, has offered to buy a silver mine as part of its broader plan for a historic preservation project and tourist attraction in Shafter.


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Water marks are seen on the gates and concrete at the Falcon Dam in Starr County on Aug. 18. This area of the reservoir is normally underwater, but because of an extended drought, water levels have been below 20% since earlier this year. (Michael Gonzalez / Texas Tribune)

To save water in Texas, these nonprofits are paying farmers to leave it in reservoirs

As Texas continues to battle drought, groups are trying a market-based solution to help farmers and protect what little water is left.


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Abbott is up for reelection in less than seven weeks, facing off against Democrat Beto O’Rourke in November. His border security policies feature prominently in his campaign. (Christopher Connelly / KERA News)

Border sheriffs coalition says ‘time will tell’ if Abbott’s terrorist designation bears fruit

Abbott has waged a battle against Biden’s border policy and Mexican cartels since early 2021. But he waited until last week to create a cartel division at Texas DPS.


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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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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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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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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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