Author Archives: Carlos Morales

About Carlos Morales

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

Midland Memorial’s COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop, But Still Straining Resources and Staff

Healthcare officials in the Permian Basin are continuing to treat a high number of patients for COVID-19. Throughout August, hospitalizations for the disease at the major hospitals in Midland and Odessa reached record levels, and deaths related to the disease … Continue reading

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After Months, State Health Workers Return to Alpine To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold a one-day vaccine clinic in Alpine for residents throughout the Big Bend region, offering first and second doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, as well booster shots for those who … Continue reading

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Texas National Guard Returns To Far West Texas For Vaccine Clinic

After vaccinating nearly 50 residents in June, the Texas National Guard returns to Big Bend National Park and Terlingua this weekend to hold a second vaccination event. Big Bend officials say this is likely the last time the state will … Continue reading

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As Sul Ross Weighs Staff Cuts And Eliminating Degrees — Students And Community Members Protest

Officials at Alpine’s Sul Ross University have released a report recommending firing staff and consolidating, as well as eliminating, degrees offered by the school in an effort to preserve the “future health and sustainability” of the university. 

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In Tune Interview: Emma Rush

On Marfa Public Radio’s “In Tune,” host Nick Hurt interviews classical musicians and speaks with them about their recordings and projects. On this episode, a conversation with guitarist Emma Rush.

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Big Bend National Park To Reopen Chisos Basin After Weeks Of Battling Wildfire

Since it was first spotted earlier this month, the South Rim Fire has burned through about 1,300 acres of Big Bend National Park. The fire is now 80% contained and no longer “a threat to developed areas,” according to officials.

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At Midland Memorial Hospital, Officials See Steep Drop In Vaccine Demand, Despite Steady Supply

Hospitals across West Texas are continuing their efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible for COVID-19, but some regions are seeing the demand for vaccines level off and, in some cases, even decline. In Midland, health officials are seeing … Continue reading

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PCHS Clinics in Presidio and Alpine Will Soon Offer Weekly Vaccination Clinics

Preventative Care Health Services — which has clinics in Alpine, Presidio and Marfa — will soon begin holding regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics. This change comes as PCHS gets a stable supply of vaccines after months of struggling to find available … Continue reading

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With The Presidio Port Now Open To Transmigrante Traffic, Some Hope It Will Boost Presidio Economy

In late March, the Mexican government began routing transmigrantes — Central Americans who make a living towing used cars and secondhand goods across the United States to the Mexican border and on to their home countries — through Presidio. For … Continue reading

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State Health Officials Return To The Big Bend This Week To Give Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

For residents in the Big Bend area who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Marfa on March 12, there is a new date for them to receive their second shot. 

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