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About Carlos Morales

Carlos Morales is Marfa Public Radio's News Director, Border and Immigration Reporter, and Morning Edition Host.

Going To Big Bend National Park? Despite Gov. Abbott Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions, You’ll Still Need A Mask

Officials at Big Bend National Park say Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s rollback on the state’s mask mandate has “no impact” on park rules, and visitors are still required to wear a mask in all park buildings, as well as in … Continue reading

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State Sends Texas National Guard To Vaccinate Older Texans In The Big Bend

This week, the state is sending Texas National Guard teams to rural and isolated corners of the state to vaccinate seniors. The effort, dubbed “Save Our Seniors,” is part of the state’s attempt to get more elderly Texans vaccinated, especially those … Continue reading

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In Surprise Move, Sul Ross State University Provost Steps Down

The university’s provost Dr. Robert Kinuncan is stepping down from the role he’s held nearly two years and is returning to the classroom, he told faculty and staff in an email this week.

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West Texas Observatory Shoots For The Stars To Preserve Dark Skies

Officials with McDonald Observatory are working to make Far West Texas and parts of Northern Mexico an International Dark Sky Reserve. They hope the special designation will help preserve the region’s dark skies and support ongoing research at the observatory

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Midland Hospital Sending Additional Vaccine Doses After Scheduling Confusion Muddles Marfa Event

Earlier this week, Hundreds of West Texans received coronavirus vaccine doses during one-day clinics in Fort Davis and Marfa. The clinics were some of the largest single-day vaccination efforts so far in the Big Bend. And while it was a … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Hospital Gives Big Bend Vaccination Efforts A Shot In The Arm

By Carlos Morales Vaccine distribution in the Big Bend region is set to pick up speed next week when Midland Memorial Hospital offers two, one-day clinics, one in Fort Davis and one in Marfa.  Hospitals in the Permian Basin have … Continue reading

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Gov. Greg Abbott Will Give His State Of The State Address At 7 P.M. Monday. Watch It Live Here.

By Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott will give his State of the State address at 7 p.m. Central time Monday. You can watch it live here, courtesy of our partners at KXAN-TV in Austin.

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Following Lawsuit, Agriculture Producer Agrees To Extra Coronavirus Precautions For West Texas Workers

By Carlos Morales Following a federal lawsuit, Village Farms, a major agriculture company, has agreed to implement additional coronavirus protections for its workers at its facilities in Monahans, Texas.  Issued by a federal judge in El Paso, the Jan. 15 … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Maps Out New Trail for 2022

By Carlos Morales Beginning next year, a new trail at Big Bend National Park will take visitors on a brushy, three-mile trek around the base of Lone Mountain.  Dubbed simply as the Lone Mountain Trail, park officials describe the new … Continue reading

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Here’s A Breakdown Of The Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout In The Big Bend Region

By Carlos Morales For a little over a month now, the state has been distributing COVID-19 vaccines produced by biomedical companies Pfizer and Moderna, but the rollout has been confusing and frustrating, especially for residents in rural communities.  Here are … Continue reading

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