Vaccines and syringes laid out at Midland Memorial's mass vaccination clinic. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

In Midland-Odessa, Health Officials Urge Vaccinations As COVID-19 Cases Spike And The Delta Variant Spreads

Since the beginning of July, hospitals in Midland and Odessa have seen a fast uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Currently, Midland-Odessa’s vaccination rate has plateaued with only around 37% of eligible residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and leaders are pleading with locals to get vaccinated to prevent a new wave of coronavirus cases. 


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Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket blasted off around 8:15 Tuesday morning, the vehicle’s first flight with a crew on board. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

Blue Origin Completes First Crewed Flight From West Texas

The private space company owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos blasted off from a launch site north of Van Horn, Texas Tuesday morning, with Bezos and his brother on board, as well as the oldest and youngest people to ever fly into space.


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Plan for Big Bend “Dark Sky Reserve” Takes Crucial Step Forward With Presidio County Vote

Astronomers and community organizers have been pushing officials in Far West Texas to adopt stricter rules on outdoor lighting, part of a broader effort to establish an international dark sky “reserve.”


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West Texas Officials Join Gov. Abbott’s Border Disaster Declaration, Some With Lingering Questions

Several Big Bend counties have agreed to be included in Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border disaster declaration. The governor’s border plans have sparked a mix of support, hesitancy and confusion among West Texas county officials.


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In West Texas, Astronomers Worry About Growing Oilfield Light Pollution

A major Texas observatory is trying to convince oil and gas companies to minimize light pollution from things like drilling rigs and gas plants.


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Young swimmers crowd around the recently renovated high dive at Balmorhea State Park on opening day. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Photos: Amid Ongoing Renovations, Balmorhea State Park Reopens To Public

With the park’s long-awaited reopening, staff are capping the number of daily visitors at a lower number than normal — down from 900 to 650 — due to ongoing construction in the park.


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Caló: “Ponle Un Cinco”

On every episode of “Caló,” the show’s host Oscar “El Marfa” Rodriguez shares words and expressions from the Rio Grande dialect known as caló. You can hear a new episode on Tuesday during Dos Horas Con Primo.

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What’s in the new voting restriction legislation introduced in the Texas House and Senate

Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3 will be the starting points for the Legislature’s efforts to tighten Texas voting laws. Here’s what the bills would do.

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Texas National Guard Returns To Far West Texas For Vaccine Clinic

After vaccinating nearly 50 residents in June, the Texas National Guard returns to Big Bend National Park and Terlingua this weekend to hold a second vaccination event. Big Bend officials say this is likely the last time the state will provide a pop-up clinic in the park.

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Former Legislative Leaders From Both Parties Oppose Abbott Veto Of Legislative Funding As State Defends Him

In a new court filing, the attorney general’s office said the governor properly used his veto power when he nixed funding for the Legislature in response to House Democrats walkout over a Republican priority bill on elections.

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‘Erased From The History Books’: Why Asian American History Is Missing In Texas Schools

From educators to textbook advisors, experts say state standards, teaching approaches, textbooks and politics all contribute to the erasure of Asian American experiences when history is taught in Texas schools.

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