Stephen Paulsen


"Those are the things we've lost": As holidays approach, locals mourn Big Bend residents lost to COVID (December 2020)

Law enforcement faces challenges enforcing mask ordinances (October 2020)

State fumbles coronavirus data as cases surge in Marfa (October 2020)

Frustrated by state efforts, Marfa wants its own contact tracing (July 2020)

Cases climb in tri-county as contact tracing overwhelms state and officials warn of spread (June 2020)

In debate over reopening, "Visit Marfa" Facebook page becomes hotspot (June 2020)

Marfa reopens — or not (May 2020)

Officials banned rentals to visitors — but not all complied (April 2020)

Testing shortages hamper coronavirus response in Big Bend and beyond (March 2020)

Crime & the Courts

Alpine woman killed by law enforcement during welfare check (December 2020)

In sheriff's race, bodycam video prompts controversy, possible investigation (September 2020)

Young woman taken to psychiatric hospital after alleged arson, threats (December 2019)

Sullivan trial ends in mistrial (November 2019)

Sullivan murder trial enters second week (October 2019)

Culture & Society

Thanksgiving in the time of Coronavirus (November 2020)

Short-term rental owners push back as council workshops new ordinance (October 2020)

Support builds for national historic site at Blackwell School (August 2020)

Tri-county comes together online as Viva Big Bend goes virtual (July 2020)

With high costs and low opportunities, Presidio County population declines, according to new study (January 2020)

The ambiguity of James Arthur (November 2019)


More planned cuts to virtual learning spark protests in Presidio (November 2020)

Making together, from a distance: How Chinati Education pivoted to virtual learning (October 2020)

"Montessori-ish": Marfa ISD's Montessori program grapples with distance learning, pandemic (September 2020)

Marfa parents, teachers brace as Texas schools prepare to reopen in pandemic (July 2020)

"Left traumatized": Marfa schools reel from nerve-wracking lockdown (September 2019)


After fierce debate, water district reaches nonbinding agreement with City of Presidio (November 2019)

Fracking operation says it will comply with water rules (November 2019)

As company fracks, questions swirl around water usage (September 2019)

In far northwest Presidio County, fracked oil flows quietly (September 2019)


"Every dog has its day": Bad Hombres says goodbye (May 2020)

Mando's: A Marfa love story (December 2019)

Century-old cookbook reveals flavors from Marfa's past (December 2019)

Government & Politics

Local candidate blames "sabotage" in controversy over racist tweets (June 2020)

With planes and fish-flavored baits, anti-rabies operation returns to Far West Texas (January 2020)

Presidio residents say yes to bilingualism, no to rate increases at passionate city council meeting (January 2020)

As proposed transmigrante route draws closer, Presidio still awaits details (December 2019)

Legal opinions raise doubt over "Second Amendment sanctuary" movement (August 2019)


Leach indicted on felony sexual assault charge (March 2020)

Judge tosses Leach defamation case (February 2020)

Amid defamation case, new sexual assault allegation surfaces against Jeff Leach (February 2020)

As Leach trial continues, district attorney and Airbnb take note (December 2019)

Assault allegations emerge against prominent Terlingua man (November 2019)