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.

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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What Topics Should We Tackle At Marfa Public Radio’s Town Halls?

Sharing relevant information with our communities is a part of Marfa Public Radio’s core mission. But after the stories, facts and figures are out in the world, what comes next? In October, Marfa Public Radio will begin hosting quarterly town … Continue reading

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Asylum-Seeking Detainees Could Soon Be Released In Presidio, Rather Than Transported To El Paso

By Sally Beauvais Officials in the small border city of Presidio are preparing for the possibility of having to care for asylum-seekers in the near future. That’s because authorities are considering releasing some detained migrants locally, instead of sending them … Continue reading

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Amid Confusion, Presidio County Adopts Order Allowing Bars Outside Of City Limits To Serve Beyond Midnight

By Sally Beauvais Following heated discussion on Wednesday, county officials voted to adopt an area-wide policy granting bars in unincorporated parts of Presidio County — that is, outside of Marfa’s and Presidio’s city limits — permission to serve alcohol until … Continue reading

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Marfa Homeowner Fights Property Tax Lending Company To Keep Her House

By Sally Beauvais Texans have one of the highest property tax burdens in the nation. This past legislative session, state lawmakers adopted reform to slow the growth of property tax hikes in the future, but many Texans are struggling to … Continue reading

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Presidio County Postpones Late Hours Vote For Local Business, Looks To Adopt Area-Wide Ordinance

By Sally Beauvais On Wednesday, Presidio County officials postponed their vote on a request by business owner Liz Lambert for permission to serve alcohol until 2 AM at her Marfa hotel, El Cosmico. The commissioners court plans to adopt an … Continue reading

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In Light Of New Precedent, Marfa Business To Ask County For Late Night Hours — For A Second Time

By Sally Beauvais In the city of Marfa, it’s well-understood that you can’t buy a drink at a bar after midnight most nights of the week. But Presidio County is grappling with its own policies regarding late-night alcohol serving hours. … Continue reading

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In Presidio, Amateur Drag Racing Is Back

By Sally Beauvais It’s Saturday night in West Texas. On a stretch of land outside of the border town of Presidio, cars are lining up two-by-two behind a straight, quarter-mile racing strip illuminated by stadium lights. A summer storm has … Continue reading

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