Dr. Katie Ray checks on pregnant patient Reba Griggs at a rural community clinic in Marfa. Griggs spent the first half of her pregnancy traveling to hospitals three hours away in Odessa before transferring to Ray’s clinic. (Natalie Krebs)

Call Out: Marfa Public Radio is collecting stories about reproductive care in Far West Texas

Marfa Public Radio is putting together a series of stories on reproductive care in the Big Bend region. We want to hear from you: How has living out here shaped your options and decisions about when, how, or if to have children? | Lea esta nota en español


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Community members mourn at the vigil for the death of 19 students and 2 adults during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 25, 2022. (Patricia Lim / KUT)

Uvalde gathers in tears and prayers to mourn victims of school shooting


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Campaign signs for the March 1, 2022 primary elections pictured in Alpine, Texas. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

May 24 Primary Runoff Election Results in West Texas

Voters in the Big Bend and Permian Basin finalized their party’s nominees for a few local races, while incumbent Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian fended off a challenge in the GOP primary from oil and gas attorney Sarah Stogner.


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Guadalupe Camacho Alvarez cries inside Sacred Heart Church in Uvalde while praying on Tuesday. Alvarez’s granddaughter was inside Robb Elementary School at the time of Tuesday’s shooting but survived. (Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune)

“We are in mourning”: As parents awaited news, Uvalde residents processed their shock and grief

Families gathered at the city’s civic center to await news about their children following the elementary school shooting. Other residents processed their shock and grief in places of worship.


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The Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine, Texas. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Judge dismisses sexual assault case against Basecamp Terlingua owner at prosecutor’s request

On Friday, a judge approved a motion brought forward by a local prosecutor to dismiss the case against Jeff Leach that was first brought in 2020. The well-known business owner was accused of raping a woman in the spring of 2014, but Brewster County’s district attorney’s office recently decided there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. 


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Margarito Hernandez stands at the place where his younger brother, Esequiel, was killed by camouflaged Marines while out herding his goats in 1997. (Annie Rosenthal / Marfa Public Radio)

25 years later, Presidio and Redford remember Esequiel Hernandez, Jr.

On May 20, 1997, a Marine on a covert anti-drug operation shot and killed Hernandez, an 18-year-old Presidio High School student, who was herding his goats near his family home in the small border community of Redford. In their own words, Esequiel’s family and friends tell us how that day changed life along the river forever, and how they remember him now.


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ORG XMIT: MRF101 FILE--Ezequiel Hernandez Jr., 18, shown in this 1997 high school yearbook photo, was shot and killed by a Marine conducting a drug surveillance operation with his unit along the Texas border Tuesday, May 20, 1997. According to officials, Hernandez opened fire on the Marines before he was shot. Hernandez's family maintains the teen-ager was simply moving his goats to better grazing.(AP Photo/Eric Gay) KILLED BORDER PATROL // Esequiel //

El noticiero semanal: Financiamiento de la atención médica rural, y recordando a Esequiel Hernández, Jr.

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.


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Meet the two Democrats running for Texas land commissioner

Whoever gets the most votes will move forward to the general election in November. They’ll face off against one of two Republicans also in a May 24 runoff.

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El noticiero semanal: resultados de los elecciones municipales, y un nuevo álbum de Primo y Beebe

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.

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After being arrested for allegedly concealing a sexual assault, a grand jury decides to not indict top Midland Christian School officials

Five Midland Christian School officials, including the school’s superintendent, were facing state felony charges for not reporting and attempting to conceal the sexual assault of a student. But, a grand jury has now determined there is not enough evidence to pursue a criminal case and a lawyer representing one of the accused officials is questioning how the police handled their investigation. 

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Nowhere else to go: the Rio Grande goes dry, and aquatic life hangs in the balance

The Rio Grande – like all the world’s great rivers – meets many needs, and means many things. It’s water for drinking and farming – a foundation for societies past and present. It’s a place of beauty, and a resource … Continue reading

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New study estimates thousands of adults across the Permian Basin struggle with reading

The Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin recently released a report estimating that tens of thousands across the largest oil-producing region in the United States read below a third-grade reading level.

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