(Travis Lux / Marfa Public Radio)

Early Voting Is Underway. Here’s A Guide To May Elections In West Texas.

In Alpine, Marfa and Presidio, residents will cast ballots for city council elections. West Texas voters will also have their say on school board races in districts in Odessa, Alpine and Marfa.


Continue reading

A “Texas as Art” piece, using satellite imagery of Big Bend Ranch State Park and surrounding areas.

In “Texas as Art,” Geologist Transforms Satellite Imagery to Stunning Effect

As a return to air travel accelerates, some remember its conveniences, others its hassles. There are also surprising moments of beauty from the air. A window seat on a flight from Midland to Las Vegas presents a vision of the … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 am and 4:45 pm.

Advocates Say White House Decision To Rescind Medicaid Deal Could Lead To Talks On Texas’ Uninsured Rate

The deal, which was fast-tracked during the waning days of the Trump administration, skipped the public notice period. Now, stakeholders will have a chance to weigh in on the application.


Continue reading

The South Rim Fire in Big Bend National Park has seen zero growth in the last several days, according to park officials. As of Wednesday, the wildfire was 80% contained. (Photo courtesy of Big Bend National Park)

Big Bend National Park To Reopen Chisos Basin After Weeks Of Battling Wildfire

Since it was first spotted earlier this month, the South Rim Fire has burned through about 1,300 acres of Big Bend National Park. The fire is now 80% contained and no longer “a threat to developed areas,” according to officials.


Continue reading

(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Middle Rio Grande Border Communities Seek Opportunity To Grow Under New University System

State lawmakers have filed bills seeking to transfer the management of Sul Ross and its satellite campuses, including Rio Grande College, from the Texas State University System to the Texas A&M System.


Continue reading

Migrants walked across International Bridge Two into Mexico from the United States in the summer of 2019. They requested asylum in the U.S. but were returned to Mexico to await their court proceedings. (Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune)

Texas Sues Biden Administration In Effort To Reinstate Trump-Era “Remain In Mexico” Immigration Policy

The policy required asylum seekers who passed through Mexico on their way to the U.S. to stay in Mexico while their claims were processed. Many were forced to live in sometimes dangerous and unsanitary migrant camps.


Continue reading

Vaccines and syringes laid out at Midland Memorial's mass vaccination clinic. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

At Midland Memorial Hospital, Officials See Steep Drop In Vaccine Demand, Despite Steady Supply

Hospitals across West Texas are continuing their efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible for COVID-19, but some regions are seeing the demand for vaccines level off and, in some cases, even decline.

In Midland, health officials are seeing a roughly 80% drop in demand for vaccines compared to a couple months ago.


Continue reading

Quiet And Loud: Finding Comfort In The Dog Days Of The Pandemic

By Ari Snider

For the latest installment of Quiet and Loud, a series exploring how the sounds of West Texas have changed during the pandemic, we’re taking a closer look at our furry, four-legged friends.

Today, we’re talking about dogs, specifically those part of a national flurry of pet adoptions that began last year when lockdowns were first going into effect.

Continue reading
Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Quiet And Loud: Finding Comfort In The Dog Days Of The Pandemic

At Midland Migrant Facility, Officials Say Conditions Have Improved But Continue To Criticize Biden Administration

In the latest development at the Midland migrant facility, local officials along with Texas Senator John Cornyn toured the site. To date, the facility houses hundreds of unaccompanied teenage boys who recently arrived at the border and are waiting to be connected with a family member or sponsor in the U.S.

Continue reading
Comments Off on At Midland Migrant Facility, Officials Say Conditions Have Improved But Continue To Criticize Biden Administration

Nurturing Nature in West Texas with “Water for Wild Birds”

On the prairies and deserts, in the cities and towns, sweet bursts of melody are announcing spring’s arrival in West Texas. As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins put it, a single bird song, and “the whole landscape flushes on a … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 am and 4:45 pm.
Comments Off on Nurturing Nature in West Texas with “Water for Wild Birds”

State Health Officials Return To The Big Bend This Week To Give Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

For residents in the Big Bend area who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in Marfa on March 12, there is a new date for them to receive their second shot. 

Continue reading
Comments Off on State Health Officials Return To The Big Bend This Week To Give Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine

Texas Launches A Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler

By Ashley Lopez, KUT

The Texas Department of State Health Services has launched an online portal matching people with an appointment to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Continue reading
Comments Off on Texas Launches A Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler