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A market solution to Texas’ groundwater woes?

Fracking has dramatically increased the demand for water in the nation’s most productive oil field, Texas’ Permian Basin. Water usage has already risen sixfold since 2011, and according to research firm IHS Markit, demand will double again by the end … Continue reading

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Painful history underpins ranchers’ opposition to the estate tax

By Caroline Halter The Republican tax plan seeks to eliminate the estate tax, a 40% tax on the value of land and other inheritances over $5.49 million. The Tax Policy Center estimates the estate tax will affect fewer than 100 farms … Continue reading

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A conversation with humorist David Sedaris about his new book “Theft by Finding”

In this episode of West Texas Talk, find out why David Sedaris is fascinated by “people behaving horribly.” Sedaris also speaks with his signature candor and wit about the process of going through decades of old diaries to write his newest … Continue reading

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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Storytelling Event

Sometimes it can be a hard decision to stay, or to continue, living in West Texas. Come hear local folks tell their stories about loving & leaving, Wednesday October 11 at 7 pm in the Crowley Theater in Marfa. Storytellers include Gil … Continue reading

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Texas hopes to increase apprenticeship learning

Last month, the state of Texas held its first-ever summit on registered apprenticeships in San Antonio. Like many states, Texas struggles with skills gaps and worker shortages in industries like construction. Building trades often use the “earn while you learn” model, … Continue reading

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For one Odessa boxing coach, the sport goes beyond competition

By Caroline Halter The Permian Basin sustains families across Texas, but working in oil and gas comes at a cost. Amateur boxing coach Augustine Tapia uses his gym to help kids cope with the effects of the economic forces that shape the lives … Continue reading

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Made in Marfa Open House Friday October 6

Join us this Friday from 5-8pm for Made in Marfa, an open house at the station featuring Big Bend Brewing Company Beers and Come and Take It BBQ. DJ Jackson Wisdorf will be spinning tunes, and we are proud to … Continue reading

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La Niña could reverse Texas’ drought trend

By Caroline Halter Less than one percent of Texas is currently experiencing drought conditions. That’s down from 10 percent at the beginning of August. But, La Niña could change that.

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Brewster County loses approximately $470,000 in funding for water projects

By Caroline Halter Brewster County will no longer receive nearly half a million dollars in grant funding from the Texas Department of Agriculture, also known as TDA.  Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano said the money was slated to go towards … Continue reading

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Hurricane Harvey highlights the role of immigrant labor in Texas economy

By Caroline Halter The Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA was expected. But it comes as Hurricane Harvey recasts a spotlight on the role of immigrant labor in Texas.

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