Midland: Our City, Our Stories

“Midland: Our City, Our Stories” — a collaboration between Basin PBS and Marfa Public Radio — highlights the diverse stories and experiences of Midlanders. Along with the stories found here, Basin PBS is producing several documentaries that will air every Thursday in September.

(Brenden Cicoria for Marfa Public Radio)

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The shooting happened near the small town of Sierra Blanca, Texas. (Shannon Stewart)

Brothers charged in West Texas migrant killing released on bond

Mike and Mark Sheppard, both charged in the shooting death of a migrant man in Hudspeth County, were released from jail on bond Monday night, the county sheriff’s office said.


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Napoleon Sepúlveda and Luz Maria Martinez of Durango, Mexico, recall the last days of their son, Jesús Sepúlveda, while they wait in Juárez for his body to be released on Tuesday, Oct. 4. (Corrie Boudreaux/El Paso Matters)

Families of migrants shot in Sierra Blanca seek justice, answers


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Texas voters had their first and only chance to watch the candidates for Texas governor go head-to-head Friday night as incumbent Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O’Rourke debated live from the Rio Grande Valley. (Photo Courtesy News Nation)

Immigration, guns and abortion dominate Abbott, O’Rourke debate in the Rio Grande Valley

During the hour-long event, candidates stuck to talking points that have dominated this election season so far. Abbott painted O’Rourke as a Biden clone on immigration, while the Democratic challenger said Abbott’s stances on guns and abortion aren’t a fit for Texas.


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(Photo courtesy of University of Permian Basin)

UT Permian Basin boasts record-breaking enrollment

The Odessa university welcomed its largest class ever this fall, as officials see total enrollment up as well. 

The school’s president credits an increase in financial aid as the primary reason more students are choosing UTPB.


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An expected economic boost from the Shafter Mine into Presidio County never materialized (Lorne Matalon)

Cibolo Creek Ranch owner wants to turn Shafter into a history museum, but says he needs the local silver mine too

A non-profit funded by John Poindexter, the wealthy Texas businessman who owns a sprawling ranch resort in the Big Bend region, has offered to buy a silver mine as part of its broader plan for a historic preservation project and tourist attraction in Shafter.


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Water marks are seen on the gates and concrete at the Falcon Dam in Starr County on Aug. 18. This area of the reservoir is normally underwater, but because of an extended drought, water levels have been below 20% since earlier this year. (Michael Gonzalez / Texas Tribune)

To save water in Texas, these nonprofits are paying farmers to leave it in reservoirs

As Texas continues to battle drought, groups are trying a market-based solution to help farmers and protect what little water is left.


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A view of Valentine, Texas. (Nicolas Henderson via Flickr/Creative Commons.)

Valentine man seeks to bolster town’s emergency health care options with “rescue squad”

The West Texas town doesn’t have much in the way of emergency medical care options, but one local is organizing an effort to train volunteers in basic first responder skills.


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Credit: Camilla Forte/The Hechinger Report. Source Images: Kong Ding Chek/Getty Images; Plan Shooting 2 / Imazins;AP Photo/Jon Durr; AP Photo/Eric Gay

Overturning Roe created new barriers, not just to abortion, but to OB-GYN training

Communities across the country may lose obstetricians if medical students can’t get the training needed.


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(Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Congress approves bill making Marfa’s Blackwell School a national historic site

The bipartisan measure comes after years of work by Blackwell alumni to preserve the school’s history. The new historic site will be partly dedicated to exploring the broader history of school segregation of Mexican-Americans across the southwest. | Lea esta nota en español


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Midland ISD names interim superintendent and begins search for district’s new leader

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees accepted Superintendent Angelica Ramsey’s resignation early Tuesday morning as she departed Midland to accept a leadership position at Fort Worth ISD.

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Bexar County sheriff launches investigation into Florida flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chartered two flights to send migrants recruited in San Antonio to the tony Massachusetts vacation spot, a move that drew outrage after some migrants later said they were misled into getting on the planes.

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City and county officials cut funding for Presidio port authority, citing concerns about transparency and need

The Presidio International Port Authority was created to facilitate construction of the international bridge to Ojinaga. The group has received tens of thousands of dollars from the city and county each year since 2016. Now, officials are divided on what that money has accomplished.

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El noticiero semanal: Muerte de un migrante en Big Bend, el alcalde de Presidio no se presenta a la reelección y condenan a un hombre de Alpine por el ataque del 6 de enero

El noticiero semanal de Marfa Public Radio es un resumen de historias locales y estatales de la semana.

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Alpine man sentenced to a week in prison and probation for participating in Jan. 6 Capitol riot

Sean Watson originally bragged about his role in the attack, though his attorney says he now regrets his actions.

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