While Marfa teams have been practicing , it’s unclear whether the University Interscholastic League, which oversees Texas sports and competitions, will allow sports to continue this school year. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Covid-19 Vaccines Coming to Big Bend-area Schools

Health workers are holding a series of vaccination clinics at schools across the Big Bend region over the next couple weeks, after Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children as young as 12.


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A ledger drawing by an unknown Kiowa artist, thought to depict the Battle of Buffalo Wallow. The fight – part of the Red River War – took place in September 1874, 100 miles northeast of present-day Amarillo. The drawing is now held at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art.

Conquest of West Texas: Archeology Tells the Epochal Story of the Red River War

The story was repeated dozens of times in the 19th century, from the Carolinas to California: lands and resources promised to Native Americans in treaties were seized or plundered, when the nation’s surging white population found those treaties inconvenient. Tribes … Continue reading

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Sign in front of Robert E. Lee depicting a cartoon Confederate general. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Midland Lee Rebels Get Make-Over As School Prepares To Change Name

Students at Robert E. Lee High School chose from four designs to replace their current mascot, a Confederate soldier. The move is part of the ongoing process to change Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy High.


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Alliance Of Texas Environmental, Oil Interests Block Bill That Would Have Given Nuclear Waste Company A Financial Break

Opponents said the legislation wasn’t strong enough to stop highly radioactive materials from coming to Texas and instead amounted to a financial giveaway to a West Texas nuclear waste company.


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The Houston Processing Center is among the first known ICE facilities to vaccinate immigrants detained in Texas. (Shannon Harrison/Houston Public Media)

Few Texas ICE Detention Centers Are Vaccinating For COVID-19. Feds Say It’s Up To Local Health Departments

Despite high risks of infection and hundreds of sick detainees, there’s still no clear COVID-19 vaccination strategy from ICE officials, and few local health departments have stepped up to provide vaccines.


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Marfa Public Radio has won 10 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Marfa Public Radio Wins 8 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Marfa Public Radio has won eight Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. This is the third-most Regional Murrow Awards the station has ever received.


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A view of a Blue Origin test launch on January 14, 2021. (Blue Origin)

Blue Origin to Launch First Crewed Flight from West Texas This Summer

The company will auction off one seat on its first space flight with passengers on board. The launch is set for July 20 from the company’s facility north of Van Horn, Texas.


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Demand For Vaccines Drops In Odessa And Now Officials Are Left To Figure Out How to Get More Shots In Arms

Texas health officials are working to get as many COVID-19 vaccines to willing residents as statewide demand slows and some vaccination rates plateau. In the Permian Basin, a similar story is playing out in Odessa, where one hospital is trying to bring vaccines to locals where it’s most convenient. 


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Pastor Juan Fierro is pictured at his shelter, Albergue Para Migrantes El Buen Samaritano, in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico on March 24, 2021. The shelter sectioned off a quarantine area to house a small portion of the growing number of migrants arriving at the border every day. (Paul Ratje for KERA News)

In One Mexican Border City, Shelters Stretch To House Migrant Families Expelled From The U.S.

The U.S. government has been flying some migrant families hundreds of miles along the border — from South Texas to El Paso — and then expelling them into Ciudad Juárez. Local shelter directors are trying to ensure parents and children don’t end up on the street.


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Watson’s home in Alpine pictured on December 4, 2020. The home has for months featured a variety of pro-Trump and conspiracy-laden slogans. (Photo source: Bret Scott, Alpine resident)

Alpine Man Charged for Alleged Role in Capitol Attack

Alpine resident Sean David Watson has claimed for months that he was part of the mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Now he’s been arrested for his alleged involvement in the riot.


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What’s Behind Rural Presidio County’s Vaccine Success Story?

Presidio County in Far West Texas is hours away from major hospitals and lacks some basic health care services, but the county’s vaccination rate has far outpaced most of Texas.


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Snapshots of “the Wonderful Country”: Ecosystem Change and Historic Photographs

“Oh, how I wish I had the power to describe the wonderful country as I saw it then.” James B. Gillett entered West Texas in the 1870s, as a Texas Ranger. The “wonderful country” he saw was no virgin land, … Continue reading

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May 2021 Election Results in West Texas

From the Permian Basin to the Big Bend, voters are weighing in on several elections, from city council races to school board elections.

Check here for election results in Alpine, Marfa, Presidio and Ector County.

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Texas Releases $11 Billion Of $18 Billion In Federal Stimulus Money For Public Schools

The newly released funds come after educators and state Democrats urged the governor to unlock the pandemic relief money as schools plan their budgets for the next school year.

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Marfa Public Radio Hires New Morning Edition Host And New Border Reporter

Join us in giving a warm West Texas welcome to Barb Anguiano and Annie Rosenthal. The two are crucial additions to our newsroom and will help us better serve our listeners and the residents of West Texas. 

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In Tune Interview: Emma Rush

On Marfa Public Radio’s “In Tune,” host Nick Hurt interviews classical musicians and speaks with them about their recordings and projects. On this episode, a conversation with guitarist Emma Rush.

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