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A Second Big Bend Resident Has Died From COVID-19 While Receiving Treatment in The Permian Basin

By Carlos Morales A second Big Bend resident has died from the coronavirus after local health authorities transferred him to an Odessa hospital to receive treatment. The patient, an 87-year-old man, was transferred Wednesday from Big Bend Regional Medical Center … Continue reading

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Getting An Accurate Census Count in Far West Texas Is Always Tough. The Pandemic Made It Even Harder.

By Carlos Morales Concerns West Texans may be undercounted during the 2020 Census are mounting as the coronavirus pandemic complicates the work of surveyors.  The Census Bureau and local advocates already considered the Big Bend home to some of the … Continue reading

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As Region Gains Access To Increased Testing, Brewster County Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

By Carlos Morales A south Brewster County resident is self-quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19, the first confirmed case in the Big Bend Region since Gov. Greg Abbott deployed the Texas National Guard to test residents last week. At this … Continue reading

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With Lack of Details, Border Landowners Contemplate What a Wall Would Mean

This story was originally broadcast on a special episode of the Texas Standard called “The Wall”, an hour-long look at the prospect for an expanded border wall under the incoming Trump Administration. Gov. Greg Abbott has described parts of the muddy … Continue reading

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Dakota Pipeline Standoff Echoes In Texas: Mexico Still Counting On U.S. Natural Gas

MARFA, Texas — Opponents of a pipeline under construction in West Texas are pleased by the national attention garnered by protest against the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline in North Dakota. Construction there has been at least temporarily halted following months of … Continue reading

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Activists Look To Repeat Standing Rock Success In West Texas

Activists in west Texas are taking to heart the successes of the Standing Rock Sioux to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. They’re hoping to repeat that for a pipeline project there.

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Protesters Say They Expect More Direct Efforts To Block Pipeline Construction

Native American groups and some Big Bend-area residents gathered to protest the Trans-Pecos Pipeline near Marfa on Sunday.  Drums mixed with the sounds of heavy machinery as opponents gathered at a construction site for the natural gas project off Highway … Continue reading

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Escuder Scores Democratic Primary Win Over Incumbent 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton

This story has been updated to include a statement from 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton. Alpine lawyer Jaime Escuder pulled a comfortable win over incumbent 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Escuder will go on to face … Continue reading

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As Opposition Broadens Its Approach, Pipeline Shipments Arrive in Big Bend Region

For more than a year now, there’s been a lot of talk about the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in the Big Bend area. We’ve heard from those who are strongly opposed to it and from those who say it would be a good … Continue reading

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