YACHT memebers Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans with host Tom Michael in the Marfa Public Radio studio.

YACHT memebers Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans with host Tom Michael in the Marfa Public Radio studio.

Thursday Interview: YACHT Discusses Latest Album Where Does This Disco

The electropop/alternative rock band YACHT talks with host Tom Michael about their latest album Where Does This Disco.

YACHT is composed of members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans. The band grew up in Portland, Oregon, is based out of Los Angeles, California, and calls Marfa, Texas their “spiritual home.” The duo refers to these three places as the “Western American Utopian Triangle.”


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Quintana co-hosts "Una Hora Con Primo" every Tuesday from 12 to 1 PM. (KRTS/Mia Warren)

Quintana co-hosts "Una Hora Con Primo" every Tuesday from 12 to 1 PM. (KRTS/Mia Warren)

Wednesday Interview: Wile Quintana Talks About Marfa History

Today’s Talk at Ten features Wile Quintana, a Marfa resident and amateur historian. Quintana grew up in Marfa throughout the 1940s and ’50s, and he remembers when the town was “bustling” from the commerce that sprung up around the military base, Fort D.A. Russell.

Quintana attended the Blackwell School at a time when white and Hispanic students were segregated in the West Texas school system. In 1955, he graduated from the eighth grade and began attending the high school, which was predominantly white. His love for local history, cultivated as a high school student, eventually evolved into one of his favorite pastimes.

Along with Primo Carrasco, Quintana is a co-host of Una Hora Con Primo, the only Spanish-language music show on KRTS.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
Gap in the border wall, Fort Hancock, Texas-El Porvenir, Chihuahua (Lorne Matalon.)

House Leaders Postpone Contentious Border Bill Vote Indefinitely

House leaders in Congress have postponed indefinitely a vote on a border security bill, known as the “Secure Our Borders First Act.”

The bill would penalize the Department of Homeland Security if it fails to stop all illegal border crossings within five years.

The postponement comes as Congress faces a February 27th deadline to fund DHS.

The border bill is sponsored by newly-named Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul.

He’s a Texas Republican who calls the bill the “strongest border security bill” ever.

But Democrats, some conservative Republicans and union that represents U.S. Border Patrol agents disagree.


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Spirit of Discovery along the Rio Grande

For Jon Kalb, each step on the desert floor brings a measure of excitement with the possibility of discovering something new.

A retired research geologist with the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory (Texas Memorial Museum) at the University of Texas, Kalb has been visiting Big Bend for over a decade conducting paleontological surveys.

“Big Bend, with its arid landscape and minimal vegetation, is an ideal place to look for artifacts and fossils,” Kalb says.

The intensely faulted terrain of the Sierra Viejas stretching northward from Candelaria is reminiscent of Africa’s Great Rift Valley where Kalb spent much of his professional life.


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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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Douglas Scharnberg points to his Terlingua home on the Marfa Public Radio map.

Tue. Jan 27 Interview: Douglas Scharnberg of Terlingua Talks About Southern Music in Fort Davis & Fort Stockton

Guitarist and singer Douglas Scharnberg joins us in the studio ahead of his lecture-performance tonight (January 27) at 7 PM, at the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis, and on Thursday at the public library in Fort Stockton. His talk, Southern Winds, looks at the influence of Southern musicians on the Big Band era.

A resident of Terlingua, Scharnberg first arrived in the Chihuahuan Desert in the late 1980s. Trained at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, he draws on the traditional styles of country and jazz from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, combining bass, chords, and melody in his playing style.

On Talk At Ten, he speaks about his influences (Les Paul, Mason Williams, and Chet Atkins), his musical roots in Western Kentucky, his interest in Southern Music, and his unique cosmic-mathematical approach to creating songs. It’s Big Band in the Big Bend, with a look at Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

Talk At Ten is generally broadcast live at 10 am and repeated at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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West Texans Study the Large Asteroid Passing the Earth on Monday

Despite some cloud coverage Monday night, many amateur astronomers in West Texas will be looking for a passing asteroid.

Using telescopes – and even just strong binoculars – tonight astronomers will be focusing their lenses on Asteroid 2004 BL86. The large asteroid – thought to be about a half-mile wide – is passing by Earth today at a distance of less than 750,000 miles.

Relatively speaking, that’s very large asteroid and a very close fly-by of planet Earth. In fact, it will be the largest asteroid expected to pass this close until 2027.

Dr. Judit Gyorgyey Ries is a professional astronomer who studies asteroids at the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis. Ironically, she won’t be observing it on the 82-inch telescope. But other astronomers have been gathering data all day with different instruments.

In the attached audio report, she tells Tom Michael where and when to see the asteroid, and how astronomers are reacting to the asteroid’s close pass.

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Mon. Jan 26 Interview: KRTS Astronomy Series: Stephen Odewahn

On the last Monday of each month, KRTS’s Talk at Ten features a conversation with an astronomer from the McDonald Observatory. For this episode, Ian Lewis spoke with Dr. Stephen Odewahn at the Otto Struve telescope at the McDonald Observatory.

Odewahn is a research scientist and resident astronomer at the McDonald Observatory. He studies galaxy morphology, the forms of galaxies, and how different types of galaxies evolve. Odewahn works on computer systems that classify thousands of images of galaxies, creating a large library of galaxies that provides astronomers with information about the way that galaxies have formed and evolved.

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

Today on Rambling Boy, Lonn remembers the Battleship Texas, a veteran of both World Wars originally commissioned in 1914. Today, the Battleship Texas is a major state tourist attraction.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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A U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in New Mexico. (Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr. CC BY-SA)

Man Killed by Border Patrol after Fleeing Sierra Blanca Checkpoint

On Thursday, Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who authorities say failed to stop for inspection at a Sierra Blanca checkpoint and then fled east for 30 miles on I-10.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Friday the man had pulled into the Border Patrol’s checkpoint line in Hudspeth County around 4:45 p.m Thursday, but failed to stop for inspection and quickly fled.

According to a statement from CBP, Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle for 30 miles until it stopped.

“According to initial reports, as four agents approached the vehicle, an agent yelled, ‘gun!'” the statement reads. “Two agents fired their service-issued weapons, striking the individual.”

The man was later pronounced dead by a Justice of the Peace dispatched to the scene. None of the Border Patrol agents were injured.

CBP says a “pistol-shaped pellet gun” was found in the man’s vehicle.

The agency has so far not released the identities of the man killed or the agents involved.

Details about the weapon being spotted – such as whether the man was holding the weapon when fired upon, or whether agents observed it somewhere in the vehicle – have also not been released.

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