Natalie Krebs

Intern for KUT News

Natalie Krebs

Every year in the tiny border town of Lajitas —  located about 300 miles east of El Paso — hundreds gather to celebrate, remember and protest the closing of the area’s border passage.

For decades, U.S. tourists and locals used to cross freely over the Rio Grande into Pasos Lajitas, Mexico. But that changed in May of 2002, when the federal government abruptly closed the informal passage. The small community Lajitas shared with its Mexican neighbor was cut in half.

From Texas Standard.

Out in the sand dunes of west Texas, a tiny lizard has been wrapped up in a big controversy for years. The four-inch long dunes sagebrush lizard calls the middle of the Permian Basin home, but conservationists have long feared the oil boom there would be detrimental to the lizard’s rare habitat. But in the past year, a new threat has emerged.

From Texas Standard.

On a recent chilly Friday night at Fort Davis ISD’s football field, the stands are nearly empty. No more than a half-dozen parents sat in the visitors section at the rural west Texas school to cheer their team: the El Paso Christian Home School Panthers.