Author Archives: Travis Bubenik

About Travis Bubenik

All Things Considered Host and Big Bend Reporter

Historic Marfa Building Badly Damaged in Overnight Fire

The building in downtown Marfa, once used as an architecture office by the late artist Donald Judd, was in the midst of a renovation when it caught fire early Friday morning.

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Report Outlines Ways to Protect Big Bend Region from Energy Sprawl

A long-awaited report from the Respect Big Bend Coalition lays out recommendations for balancing new energy projects with land conservation in the Big Bend region.

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After Firing Top Staffers, Alpine City Council Picks Temp Replacements

The council’s recent firing of two top city employees has drawn condemnation from some and has already sparked a recall effort.

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Shakeup at Alpine City Hall after Contentious Council Meeting

Just over two weeks after Alpine voters elected three new city council members, one newly elected member led a successful charge to push three of the city’s key staffers out of their jobs.

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Covid-19 Vaccines Coming to Big Bend-area Schools

Health workers are holding a series of vaccination clinics at schools across the Big Bend region over the next couple weeks, after Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children as young as 12.

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Blue Origin to Launch First Crewed Flight from West Texas This Summer

The company will auction off one seat on its first space flight with passengers on board. The launch is set for July 20 from the company’s facility north of Van Horn, Texas.

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Alpine Man Charged for Alleged Role in Capitol Attack

Alpine resident Sean David Watson has claimed for months that he was part of the mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. Now he’s been arrested for his alleged involvement in the riot.

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What’s Behind Rural Presidio County’s Vaccine Success Story?

Presidio County in Far West Texas is hours away from major hospitals and lacks some basic health care services, but the county’s vaccination rate has far outpaced most of Texas.

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Big Bend Wildfire Mostly Contained, Some Areas Could Reopen Next Week

Aided by cooler weather, firefighters have mostly contained a wildfire that has so far burned through about 1,300 acres of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park.

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Wildfire at Big Bend National Park Forces Closure of Trails, Campsites

By Friday afternoon, park officials said the wildfire had spread across 250 acres of the Chisos Mountains, a popular destination for hikers. 

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