Monthly Archives: August 2014

Elected Officials Explore Direct Route from Chihuahua to Basin for Oil & Gas Supplies

The Permian Basin’s oil and gas drilling companies have a steady demand for steel pipe. Currently those supplies are shipped to Juarez or Houston and then back to the Basin at significant extra cost. Odessa’s Mayor David Turner has been … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Bans Drones

This post has been updated. Big Bend National Park has placed an “interim” ban on unmanned aircraft on any lands or waters within the park’s boundaries, as part of a nationwide directive from the National Park Service (NPS.) The ordinance … Continue reading

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Community Health Center’s Hospitals Hit by Cybercrime Theft of Private Patient Information

On August 18, Community Health Systems, operator of 206 hospitals around the country, including Big Bend Regional Medical Center, Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, and San Angelo Community Medical Center, filed an FCC report that revealed private patient information … Continue reading

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Analysis: It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Politics

So this is what happens when the fox cuts the food supply of the dog guarding the henhouse. A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for … Continue reading

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KRTS/KXWT Community Calendar Sponsored by Texas Mountain Trail

Every Friday at 12:04 p.m., catch our broadcast of the best weekly events from the Border to the Basin. This community calendar is sponsored by Texas Mountain Trail. Have an event you’d like to have featured? Email us at info@marfapublicradio.org. … Continue reading

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With Terlingua Still Reeling from a Tragic Death, New Owner of La Kiva Prepares for Re-Opening

A Wisconsin man named John Holroyd is the new owner of the La Kiva bar in Terlingua, a decades-old watering hole that’s been popular with generations of tourists and locals alike. Communities in Terlingua and across the Big Bend are still reeling from … Continue reading

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Child Migrants Transition From Shelters To A Life In Limbo

The number of unaccompanied child migrants apprehended at the Southwest border fell by almost half between June and July, and there are reports that the number arriving continues to fall. That trend has helped ease the crisis of finding shelter … Continue reading

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Controlled Burn Sends Up Smoke South Of Marfa

Update 9:30 a.m. : Marfa Public Radio has learned that the fire is part of a controlled burn on MacGuire Ranch. Original Post: At approximately 9 a.m., a fire was spotted burning across from El Cosmico in Marfa. Reporter Paige Phelps spoke … Continue reading

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Oil Boom? Try Sonic Boom: Private Space Company Set to Break Ground in Midland

This week the governor’s office announced a $2.3 million incentives package for Space X, a private space company looking to build a rocket launch site in Cameron County near Brownsville. The president of another space company looking to move to Midland says … Continue reading

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For Legacy Oil Family Facing Drought, It’s Conservation or Bust

The latest drought monitor from the USDA shows about 60% of Texas still suffering from a lack of rain and strained water resources. Lately there’s been some concern brewing in West Texas about towns, cities or landowners selling their water … Continue reading

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