The Big Bend Sentinel reports that the Tethered Aerostat Radar System -- which is located near Valentine -- could soon be shutting down.
Such a closure could cost upwards of 20 people in the Marfa area their jobs.
The radar balloon -- which sits tethered to the ground about 12,000 feet above the earth -- has been monitoring low flying aircraft in the Big Bend region for more than 16 years.
The Aerostat balloon nosedived to the ground during a windstorm on February 14th.
No one was injured in the crash, which happened after an operator misread a high wind warning.
However, the crash caused more than $8.8 million in damages.
Officials at Langley Air Force base in Virginia haven't commented on the possible closure of the Tethered Aerostat Radar System.