Author Archives: Sally Beauvais

About Sally Beauvais

Sally Beauvais reports on rural issues in Far West Texas. She also runs Marfa Public Radio's engagement efforts.

West Texas And The New Coronavirus: The Latest Developments, Isolation, And How Locals Are Coping

By Marfa Public Radio Staff On this special edition of West Texas Talk, we hear from reporters on the ground, healthcare professionals, a parent learning to homeschool her kids and service industry workers who have found themselves out of a … Continue reading

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How Do Pandemics Affect Rural Communities? One Doctor’s Take On What To Expect

By Sally Beauvais The number of Texans testing positive for the new coronavirus is expected to rise quickly this week, as the state’s testing capacity increases and community spread continues to occur. In response, several Texas cities are shutting down … Continue reading

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The Latest Guidance On Preventing The Spread Of COVID-19 In The Big Bend Region

By Sally Beauvais Governor Greg Abbott has declared the new coronavirus a statewide public health disaster in Texas, as the number of confirmed cases in the state continues to climb. Community spread of the virus has also begun in the … Continue reading

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Here’s How Healthcare Professionals In West Texas Are Preparing For Coronavirus

By Sally Beauvais and Mitch Borden As the strand of coronavirus causing the disease COVID-19 continues to crop up globally and in cities across the U.S., healthcare professionals in Texas are stressing that there are still no known cases of … Continue reading

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Brewster County DA’s Office Brings Sexual Assault Charge Against Jeff Leach

By Sally Beauvais The Brewster County District Attorney’s office is charging Terlingua resident Jeff Leach with sexual assault. Leach, who owns prominent vacation rental business Basecamp Terlingua, was indicted by a grand jury late last week.  The details of the … Continue reading

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What’s It Like Selling Sex Appeal In The Permian Basin? Listen To Episodes 5 and 6 of Boomtown To Find Out

By Marfa Public Radio Staff For the last several months, Marfa Public Radio has been working behind the scenes on a project that many West Texans have caught wind of by now: Texas Monthly‘s Boomtown. The podcast, produced in partnership … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio 2020 Excellence In Innovation Murrow Submission

In 2019, Marfa Public Radio took its community engagement efforts to the next level. West Texas Wonders 2.0 In the first year of our public-powered journalism series, West Texas Wonders, our goal was to increase engagement from across our wide … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio 2020 News Series Murrows Submission

Tipping Point A series examining tourism-driven change for better or for worse in Far West Texas, and how our communities are thinking about the future. Marfa Reacts To County’s Decision Granting Late Night Serving Hours To Local Businessman In the … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio 2020 Investigative Reporting Murrow Submission

Marfa Reacts To County’s Decision Granting Late Night Serving Hours To Local Businessman This is the first in a series of three stories by Marfa Public Radio’s Sally Beauvais investigating a controversial decision by elected county officials. In early 2019, … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio 2020 News Documentary Murrow Submission

On West Texas Talk, Marfa Public Radio’s weekly long-form interview show, Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales unpack the August 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, one of the deadliest in Texas history. Morales and Nguyen were in El Paso covering … Continue reading

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