Carlos Morales
Border Reporter

Communities along the Rio Grande are often talked about as sister-cities, places that have more in common than geographic and—in certain stretches—physical barriers

Border reporting centers on immigration—including experiences of detention, family separation and tightening policies for asylum-seekers. But, it also includes stories of cross-cultural ties, identity and life in our region.

Remote West Texas is home to Latinx and Hispanic populations made of recent arrivals and longtime residents, who come face-to-face with challenges unique to the area everyday. Our stories are more than dividing lines and tell us about the realities of calling this place home.

Sally Beauvais
Rural Life Reporter

In Far West Texas, our communities are separated by miles of immense country, like islands—each unique, but shaped by similar forces.

And embedded in the minutiae of our daily routines—inside small businesses and homes, out on acres of rangeland, in doctors’ offices, classrooms, and county courthouses—there are stories unfolding that matter.

At a time when the dominant narrative surrounding rural America is that of economic decline, I strive to do two things with my reporting: bring relevant information to our communities, and ask—why are we important?

Mitch Borden
Permian Basin Reporter

The Permian Basin is shaped by the oil and gas industry. Every day it touches hundreds of thousands of lives in Midland and Odessa. And at the same time, the industry’s web spreads across West Texas and the wider world.

I cover energy and the environment, along with everything else in America’s largest oil patch. Like the characters who make this place unique, the challenges facing the oil industry, and the realities of living in a boom/bust economy—like the housing crisis and struggling schools. My goal is to find the human stories that will illuminate this place for you and the rest of Marfa Public Radio's listeners.

We know your curiosity about West Texas isn't limited to our focus areas. What other sorts of odds and ends do you wonder about?

Maybe you want to know more about a local celebrity, an architectural oddity, or a mysterious phenomenon.

Silly or serious, big or small, nothing's off limits! Ask away.

Your Questions, Answered:

The Burro Lady, Rainfall and Marriage, Old Roads And Gas Stations With The Rambling Boy

Rachel Maxwell of Alpine wants to know what the highest level of education the Burro Lady achieved was. Harry Hudson of Dallas wants to know how Mrs. Kerr of Fort Stockton’s marriage proposal related to rainfall. Gretchen Coles of Marfa wonders … Continue reading

An Astrobleme, And Hotel History With The Rambling Boy

Listeners Linda Beranek, Guadalupe Espinoza, and Josh Knight are among many Marfa Public Radio listeners who have submitted questions about esoteric local history to West Texas Wonders. So we turned to resident historian Lonn Taylor, also known as The Rambling … Continue reading

How Accurate Is The Saying, “For Every Bar In Odessa There’s A Church In Midland?”

By Mitch Borden Today we’re diving into a question from our West Texas Wonders series and this one is taking us to the Permian Basin. Sarah Ross Kelliher, a librarian at the Midland Centennial Library, asked us to get to … Continue reading

Faulting and Fracking: Exploring the History of Earthquakes in West Texas

Listener Ken Richards has always noticed the unique fragments and features of the Big Bend. “I assume some of that, a lot of that, moved around by earthquake,” says Richards. “But I’m wondering if it’s seismically active now.” West Texas Wonders … Continue reading

Without Hospice, Who Gets To Die In The Big Bend?

By Sally Beauvais More than a fifth of the people who call the vast Big Bend region of West Texas home are 65 or older, according to census data from 2016. And many of them, at one point or another, … Continue reading

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