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West Texas sees increase in migrant injuries from border wall falls, El Paso Times reports

The newspaper recently reported that in 2021, one El Paso hospital treated an estimated 300 undocumented migrants who had suffered injuries after falling off border barriers in the region.

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Officials approve contract with new company for north Brewster County ambulance services

The move finalizes Emergent Air as the new EMS provider for Alpine, Marathon and the surrounding parts of northern Brewster County. The area’s former, decades-long ambulance company shut down in January after the death of its owner, Mike Scudder.

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Chinati’s Chamberlain Building to reopen after year-long restoration

The historic building in the heart of Marfa, once a wool and mohair building and local store, now houses large-scale works by the renowned American sculptor John Chamberlain.

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En el Lejano Oeste de Texas, conservacionistas reavivan la presión de décadas para que el Big Bend sea declarado “silvestre”

Una coalición de defensores del Big Bend presiona para que el Congreso proteja la mayor parte de las áreas naturales del parque mediante la designación formal de “silvestre”. | Read this story in English

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In Far West Texas, conservationists revive a decades-old push for a Big Bend “wilderness” designation

Wilderness areas are the most stringently protected types of public lands in the U.S. A coalition of Big Bend boosters is pushing for Congress to protect most of the park’s natural areas through a formal wilderness designation. | Lea esta nota … Continue reading

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Alpine resident pleads guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol riot charge

Sean David Watson has remained out on bond since originally being arrested in April 2021 for his role in the insurrection.

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Texas border officials worry that Greg Abbott’s order to increase vehicle inspections will hurt local economies

The governor is pushing for more border security measures, some of which he acknowledges will slow traffic across the Texas-Mexico border.

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Crean la “Reserva de Cielo Oscuro” de Big Bend tras el esfuerzo de astrónomos y defensores

Durante el último año, los gobiernos locales del Big Bend han adoptado normas más estrictas sobre la iluminación exterior, como parte de un esfuerzo más amplio por proteger los famosos cielos nocturnos de la región. | Read this story in English

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Big Bend “Dark Sky Reserve” formally designated after effort by astronomers and advocates

Over the past year or so, local governments across the Big Bend have adopted stricter outdoor lighting rules, part of a broader effort to protect the region’s famously starry night skies. | Lea esta nota en español

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New York Times looks at case of Midland teen killed in police shooting, and his mother’s search for answers

It’s been a month since 14-year-old Juan Herrera was shot and killed as police responded to a burglary call, but police still have not released many basic details about the shooting.

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