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.

Blue Origin Launches New Shepard Rocket Into Space For 12th Time

By Sally Beauvais Private space flight company Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard rocket from West Texas Wednesday afternoon, marking the twelfth test flight for the reusable rocket. Wednesday’s launch lasted just over 10 minutes, with a maximum velocity … Continue reading

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Town Hall Preview: A Chat With Cynthia Kirkpatrick Of Agave Home Health

By Sally Beauvais For elderly people living in the rural Big Bend region of West Texas, accessing healthcare can be a struggle. Services like dialysis and at-home hospice care are non-existent in the tri-county area. The closest assisted living facilities … Continue reading

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After Months of Debate, Presidio County Officials Approve Process For Large-Scale Events

By Sally Beauvais After seven months spent debating what should go into permitting procedures for major events and outdoor music festivals, Presidio County officials unanimously approved Wednesday a set of formal processes. The county passed two applications — one for … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio and Big Bend Sentinel Joint Town Hall: Aging And Dying In The Big Bend Region

Seniors living in the Big Bend region struggle to get the care that they need. Many end up having to leave their homes and travel far away at the end of their lives to seek healthcare. The Big Bend Sentinel … Continue reading

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Presidio Officials Worry Transmigrante Traffic Could Soon Be Headed To The Region

By Sally Beauvais Residents in the border town of Presidio could soon see a new kind of traffic crossing through the local port of entry: lines of Central American citizens known as transmigrantes, drivers who make a living towing junk … Continue reading

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73-Year-Old Austin Man Dies While Hiking Alone In Big Bend National Park

By Sally Beauvais According to officials in Big Bend National Park, an unaccompanied elderly hiker from Austin collapsed and stopped breathing on a popular trail in the Chisos Mountains Saturday, October 5. Park visitors found the man near the Emory … Continue reading

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Public Speaks Out Against Proposed C3 Festival At Presidio County Hearing

By Sally Beauvais Nearly 100 Presidio County residents packed Marfa’s Shorthorn Cafeteria on Wednesday evening for a county meeting dedicated to gathering public input about permitting procedures for large-scale events and outdoor festivals. The county does not currently have an … Continue reading

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Brewster County Commissioners Vote Down “Second Amendment Sanctuary” Resolution

By Sally Beauvais Officials in Brewster County declined to adopt a “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolution in commissioners court on Wednesday. The county is now the fourth in Far West Texas to consider taking on the designation — as local gun … Continue reading

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After Two Mass Shootings, What Does The Gun Debate Look Like In West Texas?

By Sally Beauvais and Mitch Borden August was a month unlike any other for West Texas. Two mass shootings — one in the city of El Paso and another in Odessa — left 29 dead and dozens injured. The tragedies have … Continue reading

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Presidio County To Hold Public Meeting Dedicated to “Mass Gathering” Permits

By Sally Beauvais Presidio County officials have agreed to hold a public meeting in the near future to discuss local permitting procedures for large-scale events. The decision comes after months of debate between the county and residents about a controversial … Continue reading

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