Tag Archives: West Texas

Protecting Texas’ Bighorn Sheep Requires A Hands-On Approach

By Michael Marks, Texas Standard It’s a clear, cool morning in West Texas, and about 50 people are watching a helicopter wind its way around the south side of Elephant Mountain – a brown, flat-topped summit about 30 miles south of Alpine. … Continue reading

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Traffickers Are Selling Black Market Cacti For Their ‘Rugged’ Look

By Texas Standard Trafficking along the southern border is a major concern for law enforcement. Trafficking can take many forms, and most are familiar with the trafficking of people and drugs. But recently, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released … Continue reading

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WATCH: Blue Origin Launches New Shepard Rocket From West Texas

By Carlos Morales Private space flight company Blue Origin will attempt again to launch their New Shepard rocket Wednesday morning. The company—owned by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos— nixed their plans yesterday for a launch due to weather conditions. If successful, this … Continue reading

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Renovated ‘Big Boy’ Locomotive Chugs Its Way Through West Texas

By Carlos Morales As you might guess, the ‘Big Boy’ locomotive is, well, pretty big. It weighs in at 1.2 million pounds. The matte-black engine looks like it belongs to a train set you’d see beneath a Christmas tree. As … Continue reading

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Odessans Try To Make Sense Of Violence In An Otherwise Friendly City

By Camille Phillips, Texas Public Radio A line of white crosses dot an empty lot on an otherwise busy road in south Odessa. Since they went up on Tuesday, somber groups of visitors trickled in. They quietly left flowers, balloons, … Continue reading

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At Odessa Vigil, Permian Basin Community Comes Together To Mourn And Honor Lives Lost In Shooting

By Mitch Borden, Sally Beauvais and Carlos Morales Hundreds of residents from across the Permian Basin came together as the sun began to set Sunday evening, to pray and honor the victims of this weekend’s mass shooting that left eight … Continue reading

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Jeff Davis County Officials Table Decision on Second Amendment Resolution

By Carlos Morales Jeff Davis County Commissioners have sidelined a decision on becoming a “Second Amendment Sanctuary” — a designation two other West Texas counties have taken up this year. The resolution was brought before county officials during a special … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Flaring Significantly Underestimated In Texas, Study Suggests

By Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media A new study reveals more evidence that oil and gas companies are significantly under-reporting how much natural gas they burn off into the air in Texas.

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Remote West Texas Gets A New 80 Acre Landfill To Serve Its Expanding Oil Industry

By Mitch Borden The oil field waste disposal industry in the Permian Basin is growing fast, as the oil and gas industry continues to see an upswing in production. As more and more oil wells are drilled more toxic by-products … Continue reading

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Two Years Later, What’s Up With The Trans-Pecos Pipeline?

By Sally Beauvais It’s been over two years since the Trans-Pecos Pipeline went into service in remote West Texas, amid eminent domain lawsuits and backlash from industry opponents. Because of market forces, the pipeline — which was built to export … Continue reading

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