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

At Midland Memorial Hospital, Officials See Steep Drop In Vaccine Demand, Despite Steady Supply

Hospitals across West Texas are continuing their efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible for COVID-19, but some regions are seeing the demand for vaccines level off and, in some cases, even decline.

In Midland, health officials are seeing a roughly 80% drop in demand for vaccines compared to a couple months ago.


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Midland County District Attorney Investigates Midland Migrant Shelter

District Attorney Laura Nodolf says her office, alongside the Sheriff’s Department, are looking into criminal allegations at a temporary migrant facility located in Midland County. 

The federal government set up the emergency facility to house some of the migrant kids who have recently arrived at the U.S-Mexico border, which has overwhelmed border facilities and migrant shelters nationwide.


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A view of smoke from a Chisos Mountains wildfire that broke out on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of Big Bend National Park)

Wildfire at Big Bend National Park Forces Closure of Trails, Campsites

By Friday afternoon, park officials said the wildfire had spread across 250 acres of the Chisos Mountains, a popular destination for hikers. 


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West Texans wait in Marfa to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in early March. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

PCHS Clinics in Presidio and Alpine Will Soon Offer Weekly Vaccination Clinics

Preventative Care Health Services — which has clinics in Alpine, Presidio and Marfa — will soon begin holding regular COVID-19 vaccination clinics. This change comes as PCHS gets a stable supply of vaccines after months of struggling to find available doses for Big Bend residents.


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The Waste Control Specialists hazardous waste facility in Andrews County near the Texas-New Mexico border. A bill advancing in the House seeks to ban high-level radioactive waste from being stored in Texas. (Eli Hartman for The Texas Tribune)

Texas Lawmakers Want To Ban Dangerous Radioactive Waste. The Proposal Would Give A Nuclear Waste Company A Big Financial Break.

A bill advancing in the House seeks to ban spent nuclear fuel, one of the most dangerous types of radioactive waste, from coming to Texas.


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Presidio was selected as an additional port for transmigrantes to cross because Mexican officials, among other things, felt the current port in the South Texas City of Los Indios was being inundated with traffic. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio.)

With The Presidio Port Now Open To Transmigrante Traffic, Some Hope It Will Boost Presidio Economy

In late March, the Mexican government began routing transmigrantes — Central Americans who make a living towing used cars and secondhand goods across the United States to the Mexican border and on to their home countries — through Presidio.

For some in the rural border town, there’s hope transmigrantes could usher in a new wave of business to an otherwise money-strapped city. But, for others there are concerns that this influx of traffic may cause more headaches than its worth.


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(Courtesy Marathon Public Library)

Once On The Verge Of Closing, Texas’ Smallest Library Given Big Honor

The Marathon Public Library has been recognized for its contributions to the community over the past year.


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Carmen Pena, right, waited for a ride Feb. 17 at the Rebekah Baines Johnson Center, an independent living center in Austin that lost power during the storm. (Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune)

When the power went out, Texas oil and gas regulators rushed to defend the industry’s image

Members of the Texas Railroad Commission were quick to blame renewable energy for power outages across the state. All sources of energy struggled to produce power during the storm.


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Quiet And Loud: Finding Comfort In The Dog Days Of The Pandemic

By Ari Snider

For the latest installment of Quiet and Loud, a series exploring how the sounds of West Texas have changed during the pandemic, we’re taking a closer look at our furry, four-legged friends.

Today, we’re talking about dogs, specifically those part of a national flurry of pet adoptions that began last year when lockdowns were first going into effect.


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Migrant boys line up at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's temporary shelter for unaccompanied children in Midland, TX. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

At Midland Migrant Facility, Officials Say Conditions Have Improved But Continue To Criticize Biden Administration

In the latest development at the Midland migrant facility, local officials along with Texas Senator John Cornyn toured the site. To date, the facility houses hundreds of unaccompanied teenage boys who recently arrived at the border and are waiting to be connected with a family member or sponsor in the U.S.


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A COVID-19 vaccine is administered at a clinic hosted by the Central Texas Allied Health Institute in Austin. (Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT)

Texas Launches A Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler

By Ashley Lopez, KUT

The Texas Department of State Health Services has launched an online portal matching people with an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19.


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

West Texas Observatory Shoots For The Stars To Preserve Dark Skies

Officials with McDonald Observatory are working to make Far West Texas and parts of Northern Mexico an International Dark Sky Reserve. They hope the special designation will help preserve the region’s dark skies and support ongoing research at the observatory


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Free One-Day Vaccine Clinic in Fort Davis Open To Anyone 18 And Older

In a sign of how swiftly the vaccine rollout in Far West Texas has expanded in the last several weeks, some local medical providers now have enough doses on hand to offer shots to any adult that wants one.

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Archeologists Win a “Race Against Time” in Documenting Ancient Canyonland Murals

At the threshold of West Texas, where the waters of the Pecos and Devils rivers mingle with those of the Rio Grande, and the Chihuahuan Desert blends with the Hill Country and the South Texas plains, there exists a singular … Continue reading

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An Eye Into What Has And Hasn’t Changed At The Border Under Biden At A Migrant Shelter In Juárez

Some residents are packing up to leave, others are just arriving. And for some, the wait continues.

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“It is too difficult.”: Presidio Officials Call For More State Help To Vaccinate Residents

The City of Presidio saw its first state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic held on Thursday. Officials in the border community hope as more vaccines become available across the Big Bend region, more events like this will be held so the city doesn’t have to continue to rely on one local clinic for vaccines.  

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From Lockdown to Vaccine: The Pandemic In Photos

In the last year, Marfa Public Radio reporters and photographers have captured the unforgettable moments of the pandemic, taking snapshots of daily life throughout the Permian Basin and the Big Bend region.

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