(Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Who do you want to remember this Día de Los Muertos? Let us know.

For día de los muertos, Marfa Public Radio is asking listeners to share their memories of loved ones. The station will air your dedications and remembrances on Nov. 1.| Lea esta nota en español


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As early voting begins, Midlanders decide who will lead the city for the next three years

Four seats on the Midland City Council are up for grabs this election season. One race is unopposed, in another an incumbent is facing a young challenger and five candidates are jostling for the council’s two at-large seats.


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

West Texas DA denies lawsuit’s claim that he fired assistant prosecutor for raising ethical concerns

83rd District Attorney Ori White says he fired his one-time assistant prosecutor Jerry Phillips for refusing to follow a judge’s order in a burglary case. In court filings, Phillips says while he did refuse to follow the order, his firing over the matter was “pretextual.”


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Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger, a Republican willing to buck his party leadership, will not seek reelection

Seliger has served in the Senate since 2005 and led the higher education committee. He was seen as a champion of public education and local control but was derided as too soft on social conservative issues near the end of his tenure.


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(Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / Texas Tribune)

Texas lawmakers approve $40 million for Permian mental health facility

As the Texas Legislature’s third special session came to a close, lawmakers approved millions of federal funds towards building a new facility between Midland and Odessa dedicated to mental and behavioral health.


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Nurses at a Midland vaccination clinic fill syringes with. Pfizers COVID -19 vaccine. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio0

COVID deaths continue to rise in the Midland-Odessa area as hospitalizations decline

Even as the latest COVID-19 surge in the Permian Basin’s largest cities slows, deaths continue to rise. This has health officials continuing to urge locals to get vaccinated, especially as the region’s vaccination rates lag behind the state’s and nation’s.


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Jenny Cudd recounted the Jan. 6 riot over Facebook Live later that night. (Screenshot)

Midlander Jenny Cudd pleads guilty to Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot charge

A Midland woman appeared in court this week to enter into a plea deal with the federal government for participating in the Jan. 6 capitol attack.


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Aunque este montículo sencillo no se ve como mucho, es parte en una pieza importante en la historia del oeste de Texas. (Sarah Vasquez for Marfa Public Radio)

El condado de Presidio aprueba un plan para ceder un cementerio histórico a la Tribu Lipán Apache

Funcionarios de un condado fronterizo del Lejano Oeste de Texas han votado a favor de traspasar la propiedad de un cementerio histórico a la Tribu Lipán Apache, cuyos antepasados están enterrados en una pequeña parcela de Presidio, Texas. Sin embargo, el traspaso sigue supeditado a que los funcionarios de la ciudad transfieran primero al condado parte de los terrenos del cementerio. | Read this story in English


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Unassuming as it is, the Cementerio del Barrio de los Lipanes holds a key piece of West Texas history. It’s the final resting place of nearly 50 people –– at least some of whom were members of the Lipan Apache tribe. (Sarah Vasquez for Marfa Public Radio)

Presidio County approves plan for handing over historic cemetery to Lipan Apache Tribe

Officials in a Far West Texas border county have voted to hand over ownership of a historic cemetery to the Lipan Apache Tribe, whose ancestors are buried at the small plot in Presidio, Texas. However, the transfer is still contingent on city officials transferring part of the cemetery land to the county first. | Lea esta nota en español


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The Paso del Norte international bridge connecting downtown El Paso and Ciudad Juarez has been closed to non-essential travel from Mexico since March 2020. (Angela Korcherga / KTEP)

Pandemic border crossing restrictions ending in November

The U.S, Mexico, and Canada restricted travel across land border crossings in March of 2020 for essential reasons including work, medical care and education.


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(Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

An Abandoned Oil Well Springs Back To Life, Throwing One West Texas Rancher Into A Battle Over Her Land’s Future

In the Permian Basin, thousands of oil and gas wells fill the landscape, and today some of that aging equipment is bursting and leading to uncontrolled leaks. 

Just this summer, one of these aged wells began leaking and spewing toxic water — more than 20 years after it was filled with concrete and abandoned — throwing one rancher into a bureaucratic nightmare filled with more questions than answers. 


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Texas Sues Federal Regulators For Approving West Texas Nuclear Waste Plan

Texas lawmakers recently blocked a company’s plan to ship highly radioactive nuclear waste to rural Andrews County, but then federal regulators approved the plan anyway. Now, the state of Texas is suing.

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Haitian Migrants Trapped Along The Rio Grande By U.S. And Mexican Governments

Many migrants fear being expelled to their respective countries after such a long journey without the opportunity to seek asylum.

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Chili Cook-Offs Return To Terlingua After Being Cancelled Last Year

The annual chili cook-offs usually bring thousands of visitors to the Big Bend, but were cancelled last year because of the pandemic. Now, the two events have gotten the all clear from local officials to host guests in early November.

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Marfa Clinic Sees Uptick in COVID-19 Cases Ahead of Busy Festival Week

A recent spike of 15-20 cases in the community of about 1,600 has one local doctor advising Marfans to mask up to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Texas Workers Are Dying In The Summer Heat, And Companies Aren’t Being Held Accountable

Without a legal standard setting out what must be done to prevent heat deaths, workplace regulators have a hard time making violations stick.

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