Tag Archives: Far West Texas

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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After Burning For Several Days, South Rim Fire Grows To 860 Acres

Firefighters in Big Bend National Park continue to battle the South Rim Fire, which has burned through hundreds of acres since last week. The wildfire is currently burning in the Chisos Mountains and officials have closed campsites and trails in … Continue reading

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PCHS Clinics in Presidio and Alpine Will Soon Offer Weekly Vaccination Clinics

Preventative Care Health Services — which has clinics in Alpine, Presidio and Marfa — will soon begin holding regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics. This change comes as PCHS gets a stable supply of vaccines after months of struggling to find available … Continue reading

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West Texas Observatory Shoots For The Stars To Preserve Dark Skies

Officials with McDonald Observatory are working to make Far West Texas and parts of Northern Mexico an International Dark Sky Reserve. They hope the special designation will help preserve the region’s dark skies and support ongoing research at the observatory

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Public Testing For The Coronavirus Returns To The Big Bend Region This Week

By Public Radio Staff For the second time this month, the state of Texas will hold mobile coronavirus testing in three communities in the Big Bend area. The upcoming public testing will be in Alpine, Presidio and Fort Davis. All … Continue reading

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After 5 Months, McDonald Observatory To Partially Reopen To The Public

By Carlos Morales After closing for nearly five months out of precaution over the coronavirus, the McDonald Observatory is now set to reopen “in a limited fashion.” Beginning Friday, the research hub will once again welcome visitors to its campus … Continue reading

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With Limited Resources, Far West Texas Is ‘Not The Place To Get Sick.’

By Carlos Morales For a while, it seemed the threat of COVID-19 in rural West Texas was something that would arrive from the outside, from visitors coming from places harder hit by the disease. So when cases began cropping up … Continue reading

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Balmorhea State Park To Expand Seven Times Its Size

By Carlos Morales Balmorhea State Park will soon stretch well beyond the walls lining its historic spring-fed pool, adding some 640 acres to the Far West Texas attraction. The expansion could include nature trails and scenic views, but won’t immediately … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Moves Forward With Third Phase Of Reopening

By Carlos Morales After being opened for two weeks now, Big Bend National Park officials are moving forward with the next step in their multi-tiered reopening plan. Beginning Monday, limited overnight camping will be available at the Chisos Basin campground … Continue reading

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State Officials Confirm Six New Coronavirus Cases In Brewster County

By Carlos Morales *Note: this post has been updated to reflect new cases. As Texas continues reopening, state health officials Saturday morning announced six new cases of the coronavirus in Brewster County. At first, the state announced three new cases, … Continue reading

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