Tag Archives: West Texas

Three Texas Parks And Wildlife Employees Killed In Brewster County Crash

By Public Radio Staff Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees were killed in a helicopter crash in Brewster County while conducting aerial surveys on Saturday. TPWD identified the men as wildlife biologist Dewey Stockbridge, fish and wildlife technician Brandon … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Cases In Brewster County Rise For Third Time In Three Days

By Marfa Public Radio There are now four new cases of coronavirus in Brewster County, state officials announced late Monday. The patients represent the eighth, ninth, tenth and eleventh cases in Brewster County. They range from a woman in her … 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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Mobile Coronavirus Testing Sites Are Headed To West Texas, Will Be Managed By National Guard

By Carlos Morales and Diana Nguyen Teams of clinicians alongside Texas National Guard troops will soon set up coronavirus testing sites in West Texas, according to local officials who say they were notified late Tuesday. The effort is part of … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park Closes To All Visitors Out Of Coronavirus Concern

By Carlos Morales At the entrances to Big Bend National Park, visitors will now be met with barricades, signs and park rangers telling them the sprawling 800,000-acre park is now closed to the public. Big Bend National Park is temporarily … Continue reading

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Presidio County Issues A Shelter-In-Place Order And Mandates Curfew For County Residents

By Carlos Morales Presidio County officials late Tuesday joined their neighboring Big Bend counties in issuing a shelter-in-place order. The order followed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide mandate for residents to stay at home. Expanding on a previous disaster declaration, … Continue reading

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Gage Hotel Owner Sues Brewster County Judge and Commissioners Over Order To Close Hotels To Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

By John Waters, Big Bend Gazette J. P. Bryan, owner of the Gage Hotel in Marathon, is suing Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano and Brewster County commissioners over the county’s recent declaration to close hotels and short-term rentals, an unprecedented … Continue reading

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How Has The Coronavirus Changed Your Daily Life? We Want To Hear From You.

By Marfa Public Radio As part of our coverage on the coronavirus and its impact to the Big Bend region and the Permian Basin, we want to hear from you. We’ve set up a Google voicemail line that you can … Continue reading

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Winter Storm Covers West Texas In Snow, Causes Roads To Ice Over

By Mitch Borden and Sally Beauvais West Texans in El Paso, the Big Bend, and up in the Permian Basin and Panhandle woke up to the unusual sight of snow this morning. School districts are closed their doors Wednesday for … Continue reading

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Texas Wool Mills Hang On To A Tradition

By Michael Marks, Texas Standard In the 1950s and 60s, the idea that Texas would one day relinquish its position as the epicenter of the wool and mohair world must have felt unfathomable. Raising sheep and goats was crucial to … Continue reading

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