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The 2nd Annual Presidio County Fair

The Presidio County 4-H Club held its 2nd Annual County Fair at the big red barn in Marfa last weekend. Although it drew many spectators, the focus of the event was on showcasing the accomplishments of young 4-H members in the community.

The day’s activities included youth roping, horse riding, and archery, with contests in baking, quilting, veterinary science, wildlife identification and Ag-Mechanics. At the Outdoor Challenge table, participants were invited to test their ability to identify the skulls and pelts of local wildlife, including many species of deer and large predatory birds.  

I spoke to Zorayma Lackey, whose son won first place in the Junior Level Photography contest. 

“I mean we like the leadership skills that he has gained, and then also the responsibility. I think 4H has helped him a lot in his growth and development, too,” she said.

The 4-H spirit permeated the event. Banners hanging around the barn were printed with the motto, “Yes, 4-H is more than cows, pigs and chickens!” Texas 4-H Leader Kimberlie Kirkpatrick echoes this sentiment.

“It’s just teaching you what you can do outside of school and sports. You can make stuff with your hands, and it’s just learning about different things that might help you in the real live world,” she said.

Bailey Walker, a senior at Marfa ISD, won first place in the Ag-Mechanics contest. Her entry was a hand-forged, hand-bent metal table designed to look like a tree. And not just any tree – it’s modeled after the Whomping Willow, a tree in the Harry Potter series. It took Bailey four months to make her table.

“It kind of fits into the contemporary art that we have going on in Marfa now, which is something new, and I’m not against or fully for. I’m just kind of in the middle, and this is my creation to go into it,” she said.

Bailey sees her place in the larger community of makers here in Marfa.

“At this point I’ve been inspired and I want to become an Ag teacher, to continue, and to let people know that agriculture is definitely the way to go, and you really still need it.”

 

Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine (Greenmars via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA)

Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine (Greenmars via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA)

Terlingua CSD Superintendent Endorses Killingsworth for Brewster County Judge

The Terlingua Common School District’s Board of Directors met last night, which wouldn’t usually attract much attention were it not for next month’s Democratic runoff for Brewster County Judge.

County politics wasn’t on the agenda and wasn’t discussed at the board’s meeting, but Lorne Matalon reports it’s still a development that’s drawn attention.

Matalon joined us during Morning Edition to talk about how it’s still not clear whether the district’s apparent foray into politics was intentional or not.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro speaks to the press after the immigration debate at the Univision41 studios. (David Martin Davies/TPR News)

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro speaks to the press after the immigration debate at the Univision41 studios. (David Martin Davies/TPR News)

Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future

While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.


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John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)

Court Thwarts Sierra Club’s Radioactive Waste Challenge

A state appeals court has thwarted a challenge to a low-level radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas – a ruling that signals growing difficulties for those trying to scrutinize the decisions of Texas environmental regulators.

Depending on whom you ask, such a trend would either rightly save companies time and money or unjustly bar citizens from fully sharing their environmental concerns.


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(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)

(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)

Thanks for Your Support!

Thanks again to all of our listeners and members for your support during our Spring Membership Drive!

Listener support is essential to this non-profit station, and we’re eternally grateful for your pledges and feedback. We like to keep these drives short and sweet, and we’re excited now to get back to bringing you in-depth reporting and quality news and entertainment around the clock.

Remember if you haven’t yet chipped in, you still can! Just click here to make your pledge.

Special thanks to all of our local business sponsors for offering up special premium gifts for the drive. Our thanks to:

Hotel Paisano
Kiowa Gallery
Celebration Liquor
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Marfa Gliders
Food Shark & Future Shark
Maiya’s Restaurant
Cochineal
Marfa Maid Goat Dairy
Pretty Bird Salon
Twin Peaks Liquors
Artisan Randy Glover
Big Bend Brewing Company
Big Bend Coffee Roasters

A huge thanks as well to all of our dedicated members who offered up match challenges during the drive!

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La Llorona

Known as “La Llorona” in Mexican folklore, the ghost of the wailing woman haunts rivers, creaks and streets, depending on who you ask. This popular myth has been told by countless generations of Mexican families and continues to endure to … Continue reading

There's Something Out There airs the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.
A Mennonite man drives a horse and buggy near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. (Lorne Matalon/KRTS)

A Mennonite man drives a horse and buggy near Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. (Lorne Matalon/KRTS)

Drug Smuggling Twist: Innocent Mexicans Allegedly Duped By Mennonite Suspect

Federal prosecutors in Texas and New Mexico are dealing with a series of unusual cases.

Ten drug smuggling crimes have been traced to a man from a Mennonite community in Mexico who is alleged to have duped the victims.

The seduction starts with a classified ad in the paper, one that 23-year-old named Juan was drawn to. He asks that his last name not be revealed; he’s frightened there may be retribution if the man who placed the ad — identified by U.S. attorneys and the victims as David Giesprecht Fehr — finds him.


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Hoop Dancing comes to Alpine

On a Tuesday afternoon, the sun set over Kokernut Park in Alpine while a group of hula hoopers enjoyed the scenery to exercise, dance and converse about their daily lives. Marlys Hersey of The Big Bend Gazette started this hula hoop meet-up — or what’s also known as a “hoop jam” in the hooping community — back in March of 2013. The group has grown to over 50 people, where they meet each week — with meetings at the Granada Theatre every 1st and 3rd Monday and every 2nd and 4th Sunday at Kokernut Park.


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The Catch-22 of the F1 Visa

It’s not as though Gabby Carballo is trying desperately to escape her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. She is wary of what the “escape the violence” media narrative has done to the city’s image in recent years.

Gabby does, however, live on this side of the border in El Paso, Texas. She has the same visa as hundreds of other Mexican nationals living in far West Texas. It’s the F1, issued to full-time international students studying in the US. Currently there are 51 F1 students enrolled at the University of Texas Permian Basin, 14 at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, and 1800 at the University of Texas El Paso. Out of those 1800 at UTEP, around 1200 are Mexican citizens. UTEP is a “commuter school” – and more than 500 students cross the border from Ciudad Juárez to the El Paso Campus every day.

Gabby is a recent graduate of UTEP. She commuted from Juárez to El Paso for her first several years of school, a trip that could take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. She moved to El Paso in 2011, when she decided that the commute was no longer worth it. She has graduated and is nearing the end of her 60 day grace period in the US.


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The Man in Black

Billy finally saved enough money to move his family from a trailer to a house in West Texas. He thought he left his problems behind… until some of them followed him into his new home.

There's Something Out There airs the second and fourth Sunday of each month at 8:00 pm.
Last year's student producers.

Last year's student producers.

It’s Official: Season 2 of the KRTS Youth Media Project

We made it! Thanks to your generous support, we’ll be bringing youth media back to West Texas for a second year of the KRTS Youth Media Project.

Over 80 donors contributed a total of $7,876 to our Kickstarter campaign, exceeding our goal by more than $700. Some of those funds will go to this year’s student producers, who will pitch, write and produce their own radio stories at the KRTS studios over the next 8 weeks. The students will present their work to the community at a Listening Party at the Marfa Book Company in early May.

The project begins next week. We can’t wait to find out what kinds of stories the next generation of public radio producers and reporters are interested in telling. Stay tuned!

 

Become a Community Correspondent, learn new skills and make new friends.

Become a Community Correspondent, learn new skills and make new friends.

Become a Marfa Public Radio Community Correspondent

Never miss a city council meeting? Always finding interesting stories in the Big Bend? Go to a lot of community events or concerts? If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with Marfa Public Radio listeners, become one of our volunteer Community Correspondents.

We’re looking for engaged citizens from across the Big Bend. A Community Correspondent assists Marfa Public Radio with news gathering and producing stories from the community you live in.
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Brewster County Courthouse in Alpine (Greenmars via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA)
San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro speaks to the press after the immigration debate at the Univision41 studios. (David Martin Davies/TPR News)
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste. (David Bowser)
(Yolanda via Flickr CC BY-SA)

Fri. Apr 18 Interview: Swiss artists Karin Lehmann and Nino Baumgartner

Talk at Ten invites the two Swiss artists Karin Lehmann and Nino Baumgartner into the studio to discuss their work with materials and the land. Lehmann will present her work at DB14: Dallas Biennial with 19 other international artists.

Installation artist and sculptor Karin Lehmann usually starts with everyday materials one can find at DIY markets, such as plaster, glass, Styrofoam or metal. In experimenting with them, she discovers unusual qualities of these raw materials that she develops into autonomous works. Her focus is on the work process, which plays a major role in defining the shape that the objects, sculptures and installations take.

Nino Baumgartner is a multi media artist incorporating various mediums including performance, video and printmaking. Previously a sponsored skate boarder, Baumgartner incorporates his knowledge of extreme sports into his performances on the land, which involve challenging 3 days excursions where he hunts the land or the space.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Thu. Apr 17 Interview: Danish musicians Frode Andersen and Ejnar Kanding

Today on Talk at Ten we spoke with Danish musicians Frode Andersen and Ejnar Kanding. The artists will be performing tonight at the Capri at 8:00 p.m.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Thu. Apr 17 Interview: Director Gregory Gonzales discusses politics and theater

Talk at Ten meets with director Gregory Gonzales to discuss his new production of Why Torture is Wrong, and the People who Love Them written by the playwright Christopher Durang.

Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down with a raucous and provocative satire about America’s growing homeland “insecurity.” WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist? Or just crazy? Or both? Is her father’s hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government? Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much? Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane? Honing in on our private terrors both at home and abroad, Durang oddly relieves  fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.

The performance runs April 18-27 at the SRSU Studio Theatre in Alpine, Texas.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Wed. Apr 16 Interview: Sul Ross Con Bio Club

The Sul Ross Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology (also known as the ConBio club) is a student and community club that is active in local, community-based conservation and volunteerism.

We talk with them about their organization and their plans for the future.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Rerememberer, featuring Karen Crenshaw, photo by Martha-Hughes.

Tue. Apr 15 Interview: Marfa Live Arts presents Karen Crenshaw

Installation artist and weaver Karen Crenshaw will perform for Marfa Live Arts’ Rerememberer, a theatrical performance and installation with a weaver on an amplified loom as its centerpiece.

Karen Crenshaw talks about her involvement with the piece and her artwork.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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