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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As Sul Ross Weighs Staff Cuts And Eliminating Degrees — Students And Community Members Protest

Officials at Alpine’s Sul Ross University have released a report recommending firing staff and consolidating, as well as eliminating, degrees offered by the school in an effort to preserve the “future health and sustainability” of the university. 

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KRTS Broadcast Temporarily Disrupted Due to Heavy Storms

Marfa Public Radio’s KRTS broadcast in Fort Davis and Marfa has been temporarily disrupted due to heavy storms in the Fort Davis area Thursday evening, beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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‘The Rain Just Keeps Coming’: Storms Hit West Texas, Leading To Significant Flooding

Parts of West Texas have seen over a half-foot of rainfall in the last few days, which has led to flooded neighborhoods, vehicle rescues and at least one death so far.

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Texas’ Proposed Plan To Reduce Haze In Its National Parks Falls Short, Critics Say

A federal rule requires states to reduce air pollution in their national parks and wilderness areas. But for the second time, Texas’ plan includes no additional emissions controls for industrial plants, which environmental groups say is necessary.

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Texas Students’ Standardized Test Scores Dropped Dramatically During The Pandemic, Especially In Math

The drop was more significant in districts that had most of their instruction online, compared to districts with more in-person classes.

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