Author Archives: Diana Nguyen

About Diana Nguyen

Diana Nguyen is a reporter for Marfa Public Radio. Previously, she was the host and executive producer for West Texas Talk. Her work explores the forces that shape the people and places of Far West Texas.

Short Notice and Massive Turnout Complicates Coronavirus Testing At Sul Ross State University

By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales Following a spike in coronavirus cases in the Big Bend region, residents turned out in record numbers for a three-day round of COVID-19 testing at Sul Ross State University this past week. But short … Continue reading

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West Texas Faces Severe Wildfire Threat As Dry Conditions Continue

By Diana Nguyen Fire officials in West Texas are warning of a potentially severe wildfire season as dry conditions persist across the region. 

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Texas Tells Presidio County Hotels and Short-term Rentals Can’t Stay Closed

By Diana Nguyen Less than a day after Presidio County moved to restrict hotels and short-term rentals from opening their doors, County Judge Cinderela Guevara received notice Friday from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office that the measures passed by Presidio County … Continue reading

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Local Art Collaborative Sees Inspiration In Lady Justice

By Diana Nguyen Atop pretty much every courthouse, you’ll be sure to find lady justice — a symbol of a balanced and fair legal process. But in Presidio County, the courthouse’s statue is broken. It’s missing its iconic blindfold and … Continue reading

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El Paso Church Mourns At Sunday Service After Mass Shooting

By Diana Nguyen The country is reeling in the aftermath of three recent shootings that took place in California, Ohio and Texas during the span of one week. On Saturday in the border city of El Paso, a violent rampage at a Walmart … Continue reading

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Marfa Artist “Not Guilty” Of Assault Based On Lack Of Evidence

By Diana Nguyen On Tuesday — a trial took place in Marfa for an assault case. The defendant, a high-profile artist who lives part-time in Marfa — was found not guilty of the Class C Misdemeanor charge. Marfa Public Radio’s … Continue reading

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Presidio County Officials Talk About Their Meeting With C3 Presents

Yesterday, officials from Austin-based company C3 Presents met with county and city officials to discuss their plans for a festival of more than 5,000 on a ranch outside of Marfa’s city limits. The meeting was closed to the press and … Continue reading

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Marfa City Manager Terry Brechtel Resigns

By Diana Nguyen Late last week, Marfa city manager Terry Brechtel submitted a letter of resignation to outgoing Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger and to the city council. Brechtel started the job under Ann Marie Nafziger, and her announcement comes at … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Several Hundred Attendees Gather At The 7th Annual Voices From Both Sides Event

By Diana Nguyen On Saturday, hundreds gathered to swim, dance, and enjoy music on the Rio Grande at the seventh annual Voices From Both Sides event in Lajitas. The event began in 2013 and takes place every year on the … Continue reading

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Marfa Residents Grapple With What Proposed Festival Could Mean For Town

By Diana Nguyen This is the second story in Marfa Public Radio’s series “Tipping Point” which explores tourism-driven development in Marfa and the greater Big Bend region. A couple of months ago, local officials announced Austin-based company C3 Presents was … Continue reading

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