Author Archives: Carlos Morales

About Carlos Morales

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

Oil Giants In Permian Will Use New Technology To Track Methane Emissions

By Kyra Buckley, Houston Public Media Oil producers in the Permian Basin are implementing new technology to better measure methane emissions.  The computer program will help oil and gas companies track how much methane they’re emitting, and what methods are … Continue reading

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With Little Time Left, Presidio County Has One Of The Lowest Census Response Rates in The State

By Carlos Morales In one of the hardest-to-count corners of Texas, advocates pushing Census participation are running out of time.  Local officials are hoping to double the number of people in Presidio County who’ve been counted since March in less … Continue reading

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Marfa’s Blackwell School On Path To Becoming National Historic Site

By Carlos Morales The adobe walls of Marfa’s Blackwell School once provided the only classrooms for young Mexican-American students in this pocket of rural West Texas. Now, the century-old building could become a national landmark, preserving students’ legacies and teaching … Continue reading

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Quiet And Loud: How The Pandemic Has Changed The Sounds Of West Texas

By Carlos Morales Quiet and Loud is a new series exploring the way the pandemic has changed the soundscape of West Texas. One of the first places we’ll explore is the desert expanse of Big Bend National Park, where the … Continue reading

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With Little To No Tourism, What Lies Ahead For Big Bend Communities?

In Marfa Public Radio’s series “Tipping Point,” we explore tourism-driven development in Marfa and the greater Big Bend region. But with little to no tourism, what’s next for our communities?

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Judge Declines to Block Construction of Disputed Texas Pipeline

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News A federal judge on Friday refused to halt construction of a disputed natural gas pipeline through Central Texas, despite claims from opponents that the project’s environmental impacts were never properly examined and that its federal permits should … Continue reading

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After 5 Months, McDonald Observatory To Partially Reopen To The Public

By Carlos Morales After closing for nearly five months out of precaution over the coronavirus, the McDonald Observatory is now set to reopen “in a limited fashion.” Beginning Friday, the research hub will once again welcome visitors to its campus … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Could Soon Expand By 3,500 Acres

By Carlos Morales The wide-open expanses of Big Bend National Park could grow slightly more if a small Far West Texas ranch is absorbed into the park’s boundaries.  A donation of a few thousand acres in South Terlingua could soon … Continue reading

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Sparse COVID Testing In The Big Bend Has The Region’s Only Hospital Considering Holding Drive-Thru Testing

By Carlos Morales With infrequent screening for the coronavirus in the Big Bend area, officials are attempting to gather testing supplies and the region’s lone hospital may soon set up weekly testing for residents showing symptoms associated with the virus.  … Continue reading

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After COVID Recover, Big Bend National Park Will Reopen Friday

By Carlos Morales Big Bend National Park will partially reopen this week now that an employee who had previously been diagnosed with the coronavirus has recovered. The employee tested positive late last month and is now “feeling fine,” according to … Continue reading

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