Tag Archives: West Texas

Marfa Schools Close After Students And Staff Member Test Positive For COVID-19

By Carlos Morales Five students and one employee at Marfa Independent School District have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, forcing officials to close the district’s two campuses and shift to remote-instruction for the next week.

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Texas Governor Urges Trump to Oppose Nuclear Waste Plans

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News Texas Governor Greg Abbott has come out against two rival plans to ship highly radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants to sites on the Texas-New Mexico border, saying either plan would be unsafe … Continue reading

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Judge Declines to Block Construction of Disputed Texas Pipeline

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News A federal judge on Friday refused to halt construction of a disputed natural gas pipeline through Central Texas, despite claims from opponents that the project’s environmental impacts were never properly examined and that its federal permits should … Continue reading

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After Summer Surge, Virus Cases in Rural Texas County Drop to Zero

By Travis Bubenik, Courthouse News ALPINE, Texas (CN) — As the coronavirus continues to circulate across the Lone Star State, having killed more than 11,000 Texans since the pandemic began, one far-flung county in the state’s remote western region hit … Continue reading

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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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