Author Archives: Carlos Morales

About Carlos Morales

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

Amid Growing Coronavirus Cases, Big Bend National Park Closes For The Second Time

By Carlos Morales A month after gradually reopening Big Bend National Park, officials have decided to close until further notice, as a resident within the park’s community has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to park management. It’s unclear how … Continue reading

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Governments Across Far West Texas Consider Requiring Masks For Businesses

By Carlos Morales As coronavirus cases steadily climb in the Big Bend region, some local governments have taken up orders mandating businesses to require facial coverings, while others have either declined to enact them or have updated their orders after … Continue reading

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With Limited Resources, Far West Texas Is ‘Not The Place To Get Sick.’

By Carlos Morales For a while, it seemed the threat of COVID-19 in rural West Texas was something that would arrive from the outside, from visitors coming from places harder hit by the disease. So when cases began cropping up … Continue reading

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Following Other Texas Cities And Counties, Marfa Mandates Businesses To Enforce Mask Rule

By Carlos Morales Following the lead of other Texas governments, Marfa City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to issue an order mandating businesses to require their employees and customers wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible. The order seems … Continue reading

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Texas Students Will Return To School Campuses This Fall, Gov. Greg Abbott Tells Lawmakers

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning. The state’s top education officials confirmed the plans in a statement to The Texas Tribune.

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As COVID-19 Reaches Far West Texas, Businesses And Tourist Destinations Take Precautions

By Carlos Morales As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the tri-county area has steadily climbed, now reaching over 30, some Far West Texas businesses and destinations have closed their doors as staff and patrons test positive for the … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor OF DACA Recipients, Says Trump Administration’s Move To Overturn It Was Arbitrary

By Julián Aguilar, Texas Tribune The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, declaring in a 5-to-4 opinion that the 2012 initiative was inappropriately terminated by … Continue reading

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Balmorhea State Park To Expand Seven Times Its Size

By Carlos Morales Balmorhea State Park will soon stretch well beyond the walls lining its historic spring-fed pool, adding some 640 acres to the Far West Texas attraction. The expansion could include nature trails and scenic views, but won’t immediately … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Cases In Brewster County Rise For Third Time In Three Days

By Marfa Public Radio There are now four new cases of coronavirus in Brewster County, state officials announced late Monday. The patients represent the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh cases in Brewster County. They range from a woman in her … Continue reading

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In Ciudad Juárez, A New ‘Filter Hotel’ Offers Migrants A Safe Space To Quarantine

By Mallory Falk, KERA Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Hotel Flamingo in Ciudad Juárez has been filling up with guests. When they arrive, they have to go through a thorough disinfection process. First, they step inside a tray filled with diluted … Continue reading

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