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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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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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