The park will officially reopen on June 26 to visitors for day use only. The announcement comes after years of maintenance problems, which forced intermittent closures including one lasting nearly two weeks and another lasting over 660 days. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

For First Time Since 2019, Swimmers Will Be Able To Dive Into Balmorhea’s Waters Again

Balmorhea State Park will officially re-open on June 26 to visitors for day use only. The announcement comes after years of maintenance problems, which forced intermittent closures.


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After Pandemic Lull, Presidio High School Rocketry Team Returns to Nationals

This weekend, twelve Presidio High School students are headed to Rockdale, Texas, to compete in the national rocketry competition. Presidio students are regulars at the competition –– for over a decade, they’ve been beating out hundreds of teams with more resources. But in a year defined by a pandemic, the challenge they face is a little different.


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Gov. Greg Abbott Says Texas Will Build A Border Wall, But Doesn’t Yet Give Details On Cost Or Location

The governor suggested more details would be released next week. The announcement Thursday of several initiatives is the latest in an ongoing conflict between Abbott, a Republican, and Democratic President Joe Biden’s administration.


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The makeshift memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3, 2019, shooting outside the Walmart in El Paso, Texas. (Stella M. Chavez / KERA)

In First Session Since 2019 Mass Shootings, Texas Legislators Make It Easier To Carry Guns

After Texas was rocked by back-to-back mass shootings, some of the state’s top Republican leaders promised change. Gun safety advocates and Democratic lawmakers hoped gun violence prevention might become a priority. Yet the legislative session that just wrapped moved in the opposite direction.


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Fans entered Kokernot Field during a rainy opening day.

With The Alpine Cowboys’ Season Opener, Fans Take Swing At Normalcy

Last May, the Alpine Cowboys were forced to cancel their 2020 season due to COVID-19. But now, the Cowboys are taking Kokernot Field again and fans are packing the stadium, eager for the return of baseball and a sense of normalcy. 


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The Tejano Monument, commemorating the contributions that Tejanos made to Texas history and culture, sits on the southern lawn of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. (Sophie Park/The Texas Tribune)

Texas’ 1836 Project Aims To Promote “Patriotic Education,” But Critics Worry It Will Gloss Over State’s History Of Racism

The project is essentially an advisory committee designed to promote the state’s history to Texas residents, largely through pamphlets given to people receiving driver’s licenses.


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Historic Marfa Building Badly Damaged in Overnight Fire

The building in downtown Marfa, once used as an architecture office by the late artist Donald Judd, was in the midst of a renovation when it caught fire early Friday morning.


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Dozens Of Texas Migrant Shelters Told To ‘Wind Down’ Operations By End Of August After Abbott’s Disaster Declaration

Texas-licensed shelters for migrant kids have some of the best national standards for care. Now, Gov. Abbott is trying to close them, which would likely push more children and teens into emergency shelters, that are subject to less government oversight.


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COVID-19 Ravaged The State’s Border Counties. Now They’re Leading Texas In Vaccinations

From El Paso to Brownsville, every county along the border is outpacing the state average for the percentage of residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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Pipes waiting to be buried during construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline in 2017. (Will Mederski)

Report Outlines Ways to Protect Big Bend Region from Energy Sprawl

A long-awaited report from the Respect Big Bend Coalition lays out recommendations for balancing new energy projects with land conservation in the Big Bend region.


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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Into Law One Of Nation’s Strictest Abortion Measures, Banning Procedure As Early As Six Weeks Into A Pregnancy

The signing of the bill opens a new frontier in the battle over abortion restrictions as first-of-its-kind legal provisions intended to make the law harder to challenge are poised to be tested in the courts.

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Severe Thunderstorms Expected Across Permian Basin As Tornado Watch Issued

Thunderstorms, along with other severe weather, are expected to hit the Midland – Odessa area along with much of the rest of the Permian Basin Monday evening through Tuesday morning. 

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 11 p.m. this evening and expects large hail and high winds throughout the night. 

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Covid-19 Vaccines Coming to Big Bend-area Schools

Health workers are holding a series of vaccination clinics at schools across the Big Bend region over the next couple weeks, after Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was approved for children as young as 12.

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Conquest of West Texas: Archeology Tells the Epochal Story of the Red River War

The story was repeated dozens of times in the 19th century, from the Carolinas to California: lands and resources promised to Native Americans in treaties were seized or plundered, when the nation’s surging white population found those treaties inconvenient. Tribes … Continue reading

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Midland Lee Rebels Get Make-Over As School Prepares To Change Name

Students at Robert E. Lee High School chose from four designs to replace their current mascot, a Confederate soldier. The move is part of the ongoing process to change Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy High.

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