U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, faced off for their second — and maybe final — debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.
By Sally Beauvais
The children don’t go anywhere on the grounds unaccompanied. Boys sleep in groups of 20, in rows of insulated tents. In one, shelter Alpha 11, the tightly-made bunk beds are adorned with Halloween decorations. Nearby are shower trailers with hot running water, emergency medical services, and an on-site meteorologist.
Across the country, the government is running out of beds to shelter a record number of detained migrant children currently in its custody — over 13,000 as of October 2. That’s part of the reason kids are still living in tents in Tornillo, the small border town hosting what was supposed to be a temporary installation.
The Quinnipiac University poll also took a snapshot of Texas’ gubernatorial race, showing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott with a prohibitive lead over his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, 58 percent to 38 percent.
Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote in the November elections in Texas. It’s also the last day to update your address if you’ve moved since the last time you voted.
Legendary West Texas artist Boyd Elder has died.
His daughter, Shaula Elder, confirmed the 74-year-old’s death on Facebook Saturday night.
“The rumors are swirling about our father passing into the cosmos,” the post reads. “It breaks my heart to say it is true. He is stardust.”
In Texas, 95 percent of the land is privately owned, much of it by ranchers. And if you drive out West, the swaths of private land holdings get even bigger. But how did these parcels of land get to be … Continue reading
By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales
In the early twentieth century, oil and gas companies began building housing for their workers and their families. The housing — often in remote stretches of Texas — had many of the amenities a family could want.
But for some moving to the country’s oil and gas hub today, things can be a little more complicated. A tight housing market and stretched resources are testing the likelihood of families settling in Midland.
A note to our valued Midland and Odessa listeners. Problems with regional Fiber Access Internet have momentarily disrupted our broadcast signal in the Basin. We’re hoping to be back on the air shortly. Thanks for your support and patience!
By Diana Nguyen and Carlos Morales
For people working in the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin, finding housing can be a challenge. The blue-collar workforce often ends up in hotels, motels, and so-called man camps. Sometimes, companies even rent blocks of rooms to put their employees up.
But in the past, companies built their own housing, and it wasn’t just for employees — it was for their families, too. Since then, much has changed for workers heading to the Permian Basin to work in the oil and gas industry.
In rural West Texas, it doesn’t take much for your internet connection to go down. A pounding rainstorm, heavy winds, construction workers accidentally cutting a crucial cable — all very real scenarios that can leave you without internet for hours. That’s why … Continue reading
By Sally Beauvais
The Texas Department of Public Safety-operated driver’s license office in Presidio closed at the end of August, leaving residents with potentially hundreds of miles to travel to get photo ID or take driving tests.
The closure came at a time when an advisory arm of the Texas Legislature rejected a proposal to close 87 driver’s license offices, including Presidio’s, across the state. The idea was to redistribute resources to more densely populated areas. But lawmakers like State Representative Poncho Nevarez argued that the closures could unfairly impact rural Texans. “We have to absolutely provide people in Presidio with the opportunity to get a driver’s license without having to drive 100 miles to get one,” he argued.
According to DPS, the closure is temporary.
The El Paso “wall” — a steel bollard fence — is a reminder that the White House is doing what it can to make good on one of President Trump’s signature campaign promises.
Texas Republican Sen.Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke will meet tonight in the first of three debates.
Tonight’s 6 p.m. debate in Dallas will focus on domestic policy.
Thu. Sep 20 Interview: Station Update: Localore, West Texas Wonders, and Our Ancient, Troublesome Transmitter
In this episode, General Manager Elise Pepple joins Diana Nguyen to update listeners on what’s happenin’ at the station.
Here’s what they cover:
- This year, the station received a grant to host storytelling workshops and events in West Texas. This is made possible through a grant from AIR’s project Localore. Find dates and more information here. To sign up for a workshop, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- West Texas Wonders is a journalism initiative the station launched this summer. Listeners submit questions, and we investigate. Check out this page to see the stories we’ve produced from this series, or to submit a question!
- Elise Pepple explains what the deal with our broadcast in Marfa and Fort Davis is. (Hint: We’re using outdated technology.)
- Membership Drive is just around the corner! Our fall drive will run from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. We’ll cap off the week with a block party at the station during Chinati Weekend’s Made in Marfa that Friday.
- Did you miss your favorite music show? Don’t fret! You can listen to any program from the past week here. To find shows from our entire archive beginning in April, head over to our mixcloud.
For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Adele Powers lives in Marfa. “Windy season is the bane of my existence,” … Continue reading
Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects.
Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future.