Elections will be held across West Texas on May 4, 2019.

What’s On Your Ballot In May? A Guide To 2019 Elections In West Texas

Counties, cities, and school districts across the Big Bend region and Permian Basin will hold elections on May 4, 2019. Not sure what’s on your ballot, or where to vote? Areas holding elections are listed by county in alphabetical order below.

The deadline to register to vote is April 4th, 2019.

Early voting starts Monday, April 22nd, 2019 and closes Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Election day is Saturday, May 4th, 2019.


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Both Midland and Odessa saw a boom to their population numbers in 2018, according to new data released from the U.S. Census. ( flickr.com/photos/pkmonaghan / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Midland And Odessa See Populations Rise With Oil Boom. During Same Time, Big Bend Numbers Decline

By Carlos Morales

Two of the fastest-growing metro areas last year were in Texas.

Both Midland and Odessa saw a boom to their population numbers in 2018, according to new data released from the U.S. Census. From 2017 to 2018, The Tall City saw population growth at 4.3 percent — a jump from 141,671 to 178,331. In Odessa —  which ranked fifth in the country’s top metropolitan areas — saw growth at 3.2 percent or a bump of 4,951 Odessans last year.


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Land is being cleared outside the Border Patrol station headquarters in El Paso. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre / Texas Tribune)

Temporary Immigration Detention Facilities To Open In El Paso, Rio Grande Valley

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune

El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley are less than two weeks away from the scheduled opening of temporary detention centers that will each house up to 500 migrants who have crossed the border to seek asylum.

The facilities, commonly referred to as a “tent cities,” are the federal government’s response to the ongoing crush of migrants, mainly from Central America, who continue to cross into Texas after traveling through Mexico.


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Vice President Pence speaks to oil workers near Midland, TX. ( Photo courtesy of CBS 7)

Pence Pushes Trade Deal With Mexico And Canada While Visiting The Permian Basin

By Mitch Borden

While visiting Texas on Wednesday to promote trade policy and fundraise for President Trump’s reelection, Vice President Mike Pence made a stop in Midland. While standing in front of a local oil rig, Pence told a group of industry professionals the Permian Basin was at the heart of an “energy renaissance.”


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At 18 years old, David Renk became the youngest American matador in history. He was known as “El Texano.” (Photo courtesy of Fred Renk)

On The Border, A Family Of Matadors Tends The Bloodless Bullfighting Tradition

By Kristen Cabrera, Texas Standard

It’s hard to miss the large colosseum-like structure off Ranch Road 1017 in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s the Santa Maria Bullring and it’s where Fred and Lisa Renk have been running bloodless bullfights for the past 19 years.

“Bullfighting in Mexico – it’s called the ‘ballet of death.’ And in the United States we call it ‘the ballet of life.’ Because the bulls live, we don’t injure them at all and they go on to the PBR and chase clowns the rest of their life. I probably got 300-400 out there on the rodeo circuit right now,” Fred Renk says.


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Some residents are concerned about the long term implications a festival like C3 Presents' Format could have on Marfa. (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

Marfa Residents Grapple With What Proposed Festival Could Mean For Town

By Diana Nguyen

This is the second story in Marfa Public Radio’s series “Tipping Point” which explores tourism-driven development in Marfa and the greater Big Bend region.

A couple of months ago, local officials announced Austin-based company C3 Presents was planning a festival for at least 5,000 people in Far West Texas.

Criticisms about the potential festival — which C3 Presents is calling “Format” —  started to crop up on social media quickly after the announcement. Soon after, a group of Marfa residents began a grassroots organizing effort against the festival.


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What’s On Your Ballot In May? A Guide To 2019 Elections In West Texas

Counties, cities, and school districts across the Big Bend region and Permian Basin will hold elections on May 4, 2019. Not sure what’s on your ballot, or where to vote? Areas holding elections are listed by county in alphabetical order below.

The deadline to register to vote is April 4th, 2019.

Early voting starts Monday, April 22nd, 2019 and closes Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

Election day is Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

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Tiny Desk Block Party: A Magical Marfa Moment

Something magical happened outside of the Marfa Public Radio studios on the twelfth of April –  Something that broke the mold and showed the true spirit of our wonderful community.

Nine musicians and bands from Marfa, TX, performing not only to a huge crowd outside of the building, not only to listeners inside the broadcast range, but to all corners of the earth via the magic of the internet.

The Tiny Desk Block Party originally started as a way merely to celebrate the end of our Spring Membership Drive, and morphed into something way different – And different is good.

From acoustic folk, to classic country and stoner-doom metal, every musician that performed brought their own style and flavor to the table, and showcased what Marfa music is all about – At the same time, the night also showed the power of public radio to bring new sounds to listeners.

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Rice Univeristy adn the Murder of its Benefactor

Everyone loves a murder mystery, ann even though this one is a century old, it has everything: forgeries; poison; a villainous butler; legal tangles; a hurricane; a chance encounter; and one of the wealthiest men in Texas history.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the murder mystery of William Marsh Rice, and how it subsequently led to the founding of Rice University.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Thu. Apr 18 Interview: Poet Carolina Ebeid On Making and Unmaking

On this episode, Ryan Paradiso speaks to Lannan Resident Carolina Ebeid. Her first book, You Ask Me To Talk About The Interior, was named one of the ten best debut collections by Poets & Writers Magazine in 2016. Ebeid is a Poetry Editor at The Rumpus.

They talk about the ephemeral nature of poetry, silence, and the poetics of whispering.

Ebeid will read at 6 pm on Saturday, April 20 at the Crowley Theater.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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Vice President Pence Visits Midland To Talk Trade And Fundraise

By Mitch Borden

Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Texas today to tout the administration’s trade policy in between stops to raise money for President Donald Trump’s reelection. The Vice President’s day begins with a private fundraising event in Dallas and ends in West Texas oil country.

Pence will fly into the Midland International Air and Spaceport early in the afternoon. He’ll then tour Permian Basin oil fields and visit an oil rig operated by the Midland-based company Diamondback Energy.

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Mónica Sánchez & 88 Crosstown

On Tuesday, April 16, at the Crowley Theater, Marfa Live Arts will present a staged reading of 88 CrossTown, a work from current playwright-in-residence Mónica Sánchez,  supported by Marfa actors Arthur Ruiz and Junie Villarreal, and Sánchez 

88 CrossTown is a play about an unlikely friendship that ensues between a young man and woman as they are captive on a bus ride across the city on a late night. Sánchez calls it a journey traversing barriers of fear, suspicion, and simple human truths.

During her time in Marfa, Sánchez will also teach Marfa Live Arts’ 8th Annual Playwriting Workshop with Marfa High School students April 15-19.

Winning plays written by Marfa students during the Playwriting Workshop will be performed by local actors and staged during the 8th Annual One-Act Plays at the Crowley Theater on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

 

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