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)

Call Out: Marfa Public Radio is collecting stories about reproductive care in Far West Texas

Marfa Public Radio is putting together a series of stories on reproductive care in the Big Bend region. We want to hear from you: How has living out here shaped your options and decisions about when, how, or if to have children? | Lea esta nota en español


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Margarito Hernandez stands at the place where his younger brother, Esequiel, was killed by camouflaged Marines while out herding his goats in 1997. (Annie Rosenthal / Marfa Public Radio)

25 years later, Presidio and Redford remember Esequiel Hernandez, Jr.

On May 20, 1997, a Marine on a covert anti-drug operation shot and killed Hernandez, an 18-year-old Presidio High School student, who was herding his goats near his family home in the small border community of Redford. In their own words, Esequiel’s family and friends tell us how that day changed life along the river forever, and how they remember him now.


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ORG XMIT: MRF101 FILE--Ezequiel Hernandez Jr., 18, shown in this 1997 high school yearbook photo, was shot and killed by a Marine conducting a drug surveillance operation with his unit along the Texas border Tuesday, May 20, 1997. According to officials, Hernandez opened fire on the Marines before he was shot. Hernandez's family maintains the teen-ager was simply moving his goats to better grazing.(AP Photo/Eric Gay) KILLED BORDER PATROL // Esequiel //

El noticiero semanal: Financiamiento de la atención médica rural, y recordando a Esequiel Hernández, Jr.

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Marfa Public Radio wins five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association has awarded Marfa Public Radio five Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year, including awards for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Excellence in Sound and Feature and Sports Reporting.


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Sandragrace Martinez (left) and Jay Kleberg (right) are vying for the Democratic nomination for Texas Land Commissioner. (Sergio Martínez-Beltrán / KUT)

Meet the two Democrats running for Texas land commissioner

Whoever gets the most votes will move forward to the general election in November. They’ll face off against one of two Republicans also in a May 24 runoff.


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David Beebe and Remijio “Primo” Carrasco look back on recording and releasing their first album. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

El noticiero semanal: resultados de los elecciones municipales, y un nuevo álbum de Primo y Beebe

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.


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Midland Christian School has grown over the past 65 years from a school that served a handful of students to hundreds. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

After being arrested for allegedly concealing a sexual assault, a grand jury decides to not indict top Midland Christian School officials

Five Midland Christian School officials, including the school’s superintendent, were facing state felony charges for not reporting and attempting to conceal the sexual assault of a student. But, a grand jury has now determined there is not enough evidence to pursue a criminal case and a lawyer representing one of the accused officials is questioning how the police handled their investigation. 


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(Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

New study estimates thousands of adults across the Permian Basin struggle with reading

The Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin recently released a report estimating that tens of thousands across the largest oil-producing region in the United States read below a third-grade reading level.


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Photos: Following Supreme Court leak, Big Bend residents rally for abortion rights

Tuesday’s protest was one of several held throughout Texas, with similar demonstrations taking place outside federal buildings, town halls and capitols across the country.

(Sarah Vasquez for Marfa Public Radio)

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Call Out: Marfa Public Radio is collecting stories about reproductive care in Far West Texas

Marfa Public Radio is putting together a series of stories on reproductive care in the Big Bend region. We want to hear from you: How has living out here shaped your options and decisions about when, how, or if to have children? | Lea esta nota en español

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Seven ways climate change is already hitting Texans

Extreme weather events, water scarcity, risks of illness: Climate change is here, and it’s already affecting Texans.

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In a Watershed in Crisis, Scientists Work to Understand, and Save, the Desert Fish of Big Bend

Think of West Texas wildlife, and aquatic creatures aren’t what comes to mind. But the Rio Grande and its tributaries are home to a stunning diversity of fish, mussels and turtles. Many are found nowhere else on Earth.  But the … Continue reading

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Nowhere else to go: the Rio Grande goes dry, and aquatic life hangs in the balance

The Rio Grande – like all the world’s great rivers – meets many needs, and means many things. It’s water for drinking and farming – a foundation for societies past and present. It’s a place of beauty, and a resource … Continue reading

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May 7 Election Results in West Texas

Alpine residents picked Catherine Eaves for their new mayor, while Ector County voters rejected a proposed $398 million school bond. Click through for those and other results from the May 7 elections in West Texas.

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West Texas sees increase in migrant injuries from border wall falls, El Paso Times reports

The newspaper recently reported that in 2021, one El Paso hospital treated an estimated 300 undocumented migrants who had suffered injuries after falling off border barriers in the region.

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