Author Archives: Carlos Morales
By Carlos Morales Big Bend National Park will remain closed for at least the next month and could begin a “phased reopening” as early as June 1 if certain public health criteria are met. Spurred by concerns over the coronavirus, … Continue reading
By Carlos Morales With little to no confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties got the green-light from the state for retail stores, restaurants and libraries to open their doors up to 50% capacity. As part … Continue reading
By Carlos Morales Sul Ross State University has named former Texas Congressman and state lawmaker Pete Gallego as their lone finalist in the search for their next president. The Texas State University System could consider Gallego’s nomination as early as … Continue reading
Getting An Accurate Census Count in Far West Texas Is Always Tough. The Pandemic Made It Even Harder.
By Carlos Morales Concerns West Texans may be undercounted during the 2020 Census are mounting as the coronavirus pandemic complicates the work of surveyors. The Census Bureau and local advocates already considered the Big Bend home to some of the … Continue reading
By Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune A coalition of voters and civil rights groups opened a new front Monday in the legal wars over mail-in voting in Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic.
By Carlos Morales Two weeks after their first deployment to the region, a team of Texas National Guard troops and clinicians will head back to Far West Texas to conduct mobile screenings for the coronavirus. The temporary testing locations will … Continue reading
Texas’ Frontline Workers In The Pandemic Are Predominantly Women And People Of Color, Analysis Finds
By Shannon Najmabadi, Texas Tribune When the coronavirus pandemic began, school custodian Crystal Watts was working five days a week, mopping floors, wiping desks and disinfecting every surface that was touched. She didn’t get a mask.
By Carlos Morales A south Brewster County resident is self-quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in the Big Bend Region since Gov. Greg Abbott deployed the Texas National Guard to test residents last week. At this … Continue reading
By Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune A call center run by the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School gets a notification every time its nurse triage team calls a patient with the bad news that they’ve tested positive for … Continue reading
By Carlos Morales When the Presidio City Council voted Wednesday night to extend its local disaster declaration for another week, it added a new measure: all residents entering a local business or public space must now wear a facial covering. … Continue reading