Author Archives: Carlos Morales

About Carlos Morales

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

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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Trump Rallies Oil And Gas Workers In The Permian Basin Against Democrats Ahead Of The November Election

By Patrick Svitek and Mitchel Ferman, Texas Tribune President Donald Trump sought to give a morale boost to the beleaguered Texas energy industry during a visit Wednesday to the Permian Basin, while also rallying oil and gas workers against Democrats … Continue reading

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Texas Ranchers, Activists And Local Officials Are Bracing For Megadroughts Brought By Climate Change

By Meena Venkataramanan, Texas Tribune Arthur Uhl III has been ranching for 30 years and routinely has the same lament: “It doesn’t rain enough.” Uhl, who works on his family’s San Angelo-area ranches, needs the rain to grow the grass … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Will Remain Closed As An Employee Tests Positive

By Carlos Morales A newly confirmed case of coronavirus at Big Bend National Park has halted plans to reopen, according to an official familiar with the decision.  This is the second confirmed case of the virus within the park community … Continue reading

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With New Guidance From The State, Marfa ISD Weighs Options as School Year Looms

By Carlos Morales With the start of the school year only weeks away, parents with children at Marfa Independent School District are eying the fall with trepidation as administrators struggle to navigate the latest guidance from the state.

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Texas Classrooms Can Stay Closed This fall Without Losing State Funding If Local Health Officials Order It

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Local public health officials will be able to keep Texas schools closed for in-person instruction this fall without risking state education funding, a Texas Education Agency spokesperson confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Wednesday.

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A Second Big Bend Resident Has Died From COVID-19 While Receiving Treatment in The Permian Basin

By Carlos Morales A second Big Bend resident has died from the coronavirus after local health authorities transferred him to an Odessa hospital to receive treatment. The patient, an 87-year-old man, was transferred Wednesday from Big Bend Regional Medical Center … Continue reading

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