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The Cone-Nose and Chagas Disease: West Texas Realities to Reckon With

Listener Rachel Monroe was preparing recently for a Big Bend river trip. It was summer, and she thought she and her companion, a park ranger, could sleep in the open air, under the stars. But the ranger rejected that idea … Continue reading

The Rough-Footed Mud Turtle: A Water-Lover in a Parched Land

What kinds of turtles live around Marfa? The question comes from Nathan Stueve. The answer we found surprised us. For this episode, West Texas Wonders is teaming up with Nature Notes – our weekly look at the natural world of the … Continue reading

Did German Prisoners Of War Build Marfa’s Sewage System?

By Carlos Morales You might associate Marfa for a lot of things, the mysterious lights in the desert, the concrete, minimal art.  But you might not hear a lot about Marfa’s military history. In the early 1900s, Camp Marfa was set … Continue reading

What Kind Of Yoga Does Roseland Klein Do And How Often?

There’s no denying it — Classical Midday host and longtime Fort Davis resident Roseland Klein is in great shape. Roseland, lovingly known as the matriarch of Marfa Public Radio, is celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday, December 8th. And like many of us … Continue reading

Horned Lizards – The Travails Of A Texas Icon

JD DiFabbio isn’t the only listener who’s asked Marfa Public Radio about the status of horny toads in West Texas. She wants to know the current population; another listener is curious if they’re endangered yet; another wonders if she’s seen … Continue reading

How Did West Texas Ranches Get SO BIG?

By Diana Nguyen In Texas, 95 percent of the land is privately owned, much of it by ranchers. And if you drive out West, the swaths of private land holdings get even bigger. But how did these parcels of land … Continue reading