Author Archives: Carlos Morales

About Carlos Morales

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

Big Bend National Park Could Begin Phased Reopening In June. Here’s How It Would Look.

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

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Big Bend Counties Allow Select Businesses To Reopen At 50% Capacity This Week

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

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Former Congressman Pete Gallego Is Lone Finalist In Search For Next Sul Ross President

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

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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

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Texas’ Rules For Mail-In Voting Won’t Work During Pandemic, A New Lawsuit Argues

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.

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Coronavirus Testing Sites Returning To Far West Texas

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

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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.

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As Region Gains Access To Increased Testing, Brewster County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

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

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Before Texas Can Safely Re-Open Its Economy, Health Experts Say These Four Things Must Happen

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

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The City Of Presidio Extends Disaster Declaration, Orders Residents To Wear Face Coverings

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

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