Marfa Public Radio Is Hiring A Full-Time Reporter In The Permian Basin

Marfa Public Radio is hiring a full-time reporter for a 12 month fellowship in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is a dynamic, growing and complex area relevant to regional and national news. The reporter will be an essential member of our reporting staff, covering major news developments in the region while also looking for the untold stories that define the place.
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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera:O'Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz)

Beto O’Rourke Leads Ted Cruz By 2 Among Likely Voters In U.S. Senate Race, New Poll Finds

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, leads Republican incumbent Ted Cruz by 2 percentage points among likely voters, according to an Ipsos online poll released Wednesday in conjunction with Reuters and the University of Virginia. O’Rourke has been closing the gap over the last several months, but this is the first poll that puts him ahead of Cruz.


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Republican Pete Flores won the Texas Senate District 19 seat, previously help by Carlos Uresti. From left, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Flores and State Sen. Donna Campbell. (Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio)

Republican Pete Flores Takes Special Election for Senate District 19

In the special election for Senate District 19, Rep. Pete Flores edged out his Democratic opponent Pete Gallego. This marks the first time the reliably blue district has been held by Republican in decades.


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Robert "Bob" Krumenaker begins work at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 24 (Courtesy of National Park System)

BBNP’s New Superintendent on Deferred Maintenance, Preservation and Park Safety

Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects. 

Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future. 


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Former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego (left), a Democrat, and Republican Peter Flores are running for state Senate District 19. Bob Daemmrich: Gallego/Campaign website

It’s Election Day For Senate District 19. Here’s What You Need To Know

Voters across West Texas today will cast their ballots in a special election to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who stepped down after a jury found him guilty of 11 felonies.

The race for Senate District 19, which includes Brewster County, pits Republican Pete Flores, a retired game warden, against Democrat Pete Gallego, a former U.S. and state representative.

Voters in Brewster County will have until 7 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots.


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A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of killing four women in Laredo. (Photo by Spencer Selvidge)

Texas Border Patrol agent accused of “serial killing spree” in Laredo

Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, has been accused of killing four women, including one transgender woman, and kidnapping a fifth woman, who escaped and alerted law enforcement.


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Director Twila LaBar And Producer Sam Pfiester On “Blanche”

Last week, the film Blanche premiered in Marfa. It’s a story about a hermetic West Texas rancher suffering from the loss of his wife. But then, a friend decides to step in and help out… through some unconventional means.


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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Marjorie Kamys Cotera: O'Rourke/Robin Jerstad: Cruz

Cruz, O’Rourke Agree To 3 Debates

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Democratic opponent Beto O’Rourke have reached an agreement in their long-running negotiations over a debate schedule.


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The temporary shelter holding undocumented minors in Tornillo is on course to expand capacity and remain open through the end of 2018. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Tornillo Migrant Shelter To Expand, Remain Open Through December

A temporary shelter housing migrant children in the West Texas border town of Tornillo will remain open at least until December 31st. This is the third time the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opted to renew the contract for the so-called “tent city” since it opened in June.


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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter Sunday in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. (Kaufamn county Jail)

Dallas Officer Amber Guyger Charged With Manslaughter For Fatally Shooting Botham Jean In His Home

A white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black man in his home has been charged with manslaughter.

Amber Guyger, 30, was arrested Sunday — three days after the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. She was booked into the Kaufman County Jail at 7:20 p.m. with bail set at $300,000. She was no longer listed in jail records by 8:30 p.m.


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Repair contractors have started work on the state park's historic pool (Source: Balmorhea State Park Facebook)

Repair Work Begins At Balmorhea State Park Pool, Will Take ‘Several Months’ To Reopen

Repair work to the historic Balmorhea State Park swimming pool is officially underway. In September, contractors started the initial repair process. Officials say it’s still unclear just how long it will be until the pool reopens. 


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The Davis Mountains Property Owners Association bylaws state hunting is not allowed. (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

Can You Be Arrested for Shooting A Burro In The Davis Mountains Resort? It Depends.

In the Davis Mountains Resort, burros (often colloquially referred to as donkeys) are both loved and hated by residents. But recently, a series of mysterious deaths has a caused a controversy within the community. People are pooling together their money to encourage those with information about whoever might responsible to come forward.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is investigating the incidents. But what are the potential legal repercussions for killing the animal?


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Marfa Public Radio Is Hiring A Full-Time Reporter In The Permian Basin

Marfa Public Radio is hiring a full-time reporter for a 12 month fellowship in the Permian Basin. The Permian Basin is a dynamic, growing and complex area relevant to regional and national news. The reporter will be an essential member of our reporting staff, covering major news developments in the region while also looking for the untold stories that define the place. Continue reading

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GOP determined To Flip Democratic-Friendly State Senate Seat In Overtime Round

The special election runoff Tuesday pits Republican Pete Flores against Democrat Pete Gallego for the seat formerly held by convicted state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

Find out where you can vast your ballot on Election Day, Sept. 18.

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Border Patrol Agent Suspected In Texas Serial Murder Case

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent has been arrested on the suspicion he murdered four people and kidnapped a fifth person. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was arrested in Laredo and faces charges of murder and aggravated kidnapping.

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Don Graham’s Giant

Ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes of the 1955 classic Giant? 

Well on this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn has you covered with some assistance from Don Grahams recent book Giant: Elizabeth Taylor,  Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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The Story of Mesquite in West Texas

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Alan Cox is a Big Spring native. “One of the deals that I’ve … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.
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Thu. Sep 13 Interview: Marfa’s “Money Man” On How To Make Financially Savvy Moves

This week’s West Texas Talk is all about money.

Our guest is investment adviser Tom Jacobs, who also goes by “The Money Man.” Jacob writes a column for the Big Bend Sentinel, where he gives readers financial advice. On this episode, he’s here to answer questions about how to make financially savvy life decisions.

“Keep your debt manageable, try to have as little as possible. If you do that you’re ahead of the game,” said Jacobs.”Then you start looking at things like saving and investing, buying a house, things like that.”

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West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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