Author Archives: Bayla Metzger

About Bayla Metzger

Intern/Reporter/Producer

Presidio County Appraisal District Takes No Action on Adobe Classifications

Over the last year, Marfa residents who live in adobe homes have seen their property taxes increase by up to 60%. For months, local residents have been voicing their concern to the Presidio County Appraisal District (PCAD). On Wednesday, seven … Continue reading

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Study Shows Arsenic in Rio Grande Aquifer System

A study released earlier this month by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that water in the Rio Grande Aquifer System—which runs through Colorado, New Mexico, and West Texas—has high concentrations of some harmful minerals. The mineral found in the … Continue reading

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No Trial Location Set for Suspect in Zuzu Verk Murder Case

Robert Fabian, the main suspect in the murder of Zuzu Verk, appeared in a courtroom in Alpine this morning as part of a pre-trial hearing. Verk was a student at Sul Ross State University, when she disappeared last year. Fabian is facing … Continue reading

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Mexican Journalist Seeking Asylum in the U.S. is Detained

Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez fled his home in the state of Chihuahua in 2008. After reporting on cartels and military corruption, he says his life was under threat and he’d been put on a “hit list.” Now, after nearly ten … Continue reading

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Despite Expert Reassurance, Pecos Residents Are Concerned About Earthquakes

Earthquakes have been on the rise in Texas for almost a decade. A lot of scientific research links these tremors to oil and gas activity, specifically to injection wells where frack wastewater is disposed of deep below the earth’s surface. … Continue reading

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The Cost of Living in a Dirt Home

A new classification system for adobe structures has caused a big jump in property taxes for some Presidio County homeowners. Adobe is one of the most humble building materials around: it’s essentially mud, water and straw, shaped into brick, and … Continue reading

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We’re Hiring a Development Director!

West Texas Public Radio believes in the capacity of public media to shape and animate who we are, where we live, and how we relate. Public media from West Texas serves a critical role in our state and our nation: … Continue reading

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Presidio County Appraisal District Fills Board Vacancy Left by Carlos Nieto

A special meeting of the Presidio County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors was held yesterday afternoon. One of the items on the agenda was filling the vacant slot left by former chairman, Carlos Nieto. Nieto had held a seat on … Continue reading

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AT&T Outage in the Big Bend Region

AT&T has reported a cut fiber optic line in the Fort Stockton area, which has caused a disruption in both land and cellular service. According to AT&T Government Relations, a crew is working on it and they hope to have … Continue reading

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Harvey Closures Could Threaten to Strand Permian Basin Oil

More than 500 miles from the flooding in Houston, oil fields in the Permian Basin are dry – but that doesn’t mean that they won’t feel the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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