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

Brewster County Judge Eleazar Cano Won’t Seek Reelection

The top elected official in the county home to Big Bend National Park says he wants to spend more time with family in San Angelo.


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Community members and parents turned out to address Midland ISD's school board over the future of Washington STEM Academy. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Midland ISD considers closing an elementary school or spending millions to house an all-girls academy

Midland Independent School District has to decide by next month to displace hundreds of students currently attending Washington STEM Academy. The cause of the imminent deadline is a contractual agreement between the district and the non-profit that runs the junior and senior all-girls high school Young Women’s Leadership Academy.


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Midland Memorial Hospital nurses administering COVID-19 vaccines. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Oil companies are asking Permian Basin residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to help defend the industry from the deadly disease

Through the Permian Strategic Partnership, some of the largest oil companies in Texas are encouraging Permian residents to get vaxxed — not only to protect themselves from the coronavirus but to help protect the West Texas oil industry.


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Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Sul Ross faculty group declines to vote on proposed “no confidence” resolution against Gallego

Faculty members at the Big Bend-area university declined to vote Wednesday on a proposed resolution calling for Sul Ross President Pete Gallego’s “immediate removal.”


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Voters go to the polls at Christ Episcopal Church in Travis County on Nov. 3, 2020. (Julia Reihs / KUT)

Texas’ controversial voting law goes into effect

Among the more controversial measures are new restrictions around providing assistance to voters, including language assistance and help for people with disabilities.


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Lipan Apache tribal members gather in Presidio to celebrate historic land transfer

In late November, members of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas traveled to the Big Bend region to celebrate Presidio County’s transferral of ownership of a cemetery in Presidio to the tribe. They say the land transfer is an important step towards recognizing the area’s Indigenous residents and history.


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Approximately 30 people currently live in Shafter. The unincorporated community lies between Marfa and Presidio. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Shafter residents weigh options after questions over their access to water emerge

At the beginning of November, those living in the ghost town of Shafter found themselves without running water. It was quickly restored, but the outage is causing some to question if they can rely on the town’s source of water long term. 


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Marfa Public Radio Hires Two New Staff Members

We are thrilled to welcome two new staff members to the Marfa Public Radio team. Please join us in celebrating them!


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Power lines heading into Marfa, Texas. (Travis Bubenik / Marfa Public Radio)

AEP planning major upgrade to power lines, poles between Marfa and Fort Davis

The electric transmission company wants to replace and upgrade its infrastructure between the two towns.


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After nearly two years of isolation, Boquillas prepares to reopen

In March 2020, the small port of entry connecting the town of Boquillas to Big Bend National Park shut down completely, separating the community from the tourists who sustained it. Over the last 20 months, residents have had to get creative to make ends meet. Now, after watching restrictions lift along the rest of the border earlier this month, they’re celebrating the reopening of their own port. | Lea esta nota en español

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Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Begins In Far West Texas

The rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 has begun, and healthcare providers are arranging clinics and planning for vaccine distribution across Far West Texas. One of those providers is Preventative Care Health Services and the group’s CEO Linda Molinar recently spoke to Marfa Public Radio about the clinic’s plans.

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Beto O’Rourke says he’s running for Texas governor

O’Rourke’s decision to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott ends months of speculation and gives Democrats a formidable campaigner at the top of the ticket — someone who transformed Texas politics with his blockbuster campaign against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.

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In Hidden Genetic and Microbial Realms, Scientists Seek Tools to Safeguard the Bighorns of West Texas

“You just can’t live in Texas,” as Waylon Jennings sang, “unless you gotta lotta soul,” and West Texans might reasonably think it applies to them more than those in softer parts of the state. But there’s a West Texas creature … Continue reading

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Unvaccinated people 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19, Texas data shows

From Sept. 4 to Oct. 1, unvaccinated people were 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19 complications than fully vaccinated people, according to state data.

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