Marfa Public Radio Hiring New Office Manager

Position Overview: The Office Manager is the essential position at our station for ensuring the continuous, effective operation of our office. It is a detail-oriented position that requires anticipating the needs of our station to function at its best. Because our station is a public service, the position requires people skills to interface with listeners, members, and our neighbors.

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West Texas News Editor Roundtable

Like the region itself, the news of West Texas is sweeping in its scope. So to help us break it all down, we have news editors from across the region joining us. In this roundtable, we hear from Laura Dennis with the Odessa American and Robert Halpern at the Big Bend Sentinel-Marfa.

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A twisted pipeline stretches above Wink Sink No. 1, showing the force of the collapse of tons of dirt. (Photo By Rafael Aguilera)

Large portions of West Texas sinking at alarming rate, new report finds

A report released Thursday by geophysicists at Southern Methodist University says a 4,000-square-mile area near the “Wink Sinks” is showing signs of alarming instability.

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Mock weapons used to train educators in Harrold, Texas. The north Texas school district was the first to allow educators to carry guns on school grounds in 2007. (Photo By Marjorie Kamys Cotera)

This Texas school began arming teachers with guns in 2007. More than 170 other districts have followed.

Harrold Independent School District was the first of many Texas districts — mostly in rural or isolated areas — to arm educators and other employees to prevent a potential school shooting. “I don’t want to be anybody’s victim,” the school’s superintendent says.

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Midland Chief of Police Steve Henry has been with the city since January. He has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint. (Photo courtesy of Midland Police FaceBook)

Midland Chief of Police on Administrative Leave Following Complaint

The Midland Chief of Police, who started the job in January, has been placed on administrative leave.

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Roderick Scott outside Forest Meadow Junior High in Dallas on March 12, 2018, where he is the AVID and college career instructor, campus parent engagement specialist and after hours site coordinator. (Photo By Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas Tribune)

In Texas, falling behind on your student loan payments can cost you your license to work

Texas is among several states that will bar teachers, dentists, nurses and other professional license holders from renewing their licenses if they are in default on their student loans. Critics say the practice is counterproductive, since it impedes Texans’ ability to work and pay back those loans.

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The University of Texas System building in Austin on Feb. 7, 2018. (Photo by Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune)

UT System regents will consider raising tuition Monday

Most University of Texas System schools have proposed increases in the 1 percent to 7 percent range, which, if approved, could add hundreds of additional dollars to students’ tuition bills.

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School officials say Marfa ISD will have counselors and other support systems on hand to help staff and students (Photo by Carlos Morales / KRTS)

Fort Davis Man Charged in Murder of Wife, Marfa ISD Teacher

UPDATE (3/20/2018 – 10:28 AM)

The Jeff Davis County Sheriff’s office have charged a Fort Davis man in the killing of his wife after being identified by his 7-year-old son.

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Planned Parenthood was kicked out of Texas' women's health programs (Photo by Martin Do Nascimento / KUT)

Planned Parenthood Substitutes Still Don’t Exist For Some In Texas Women’s Health Programs

The women’s health care program in Texas still has a long way to go.

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Healthy Texas Women, the state’s family-planning program and the breast exam and cervical cancer screening program served about 250,000 women last year. In 2010, the year before Planned Parenthood was removed from the programs, the state served more than 350,000 women.

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Water from the Rio Grande and underground are shared across the border. Both sides try to just take what they need, and they share information, so no one accidentally overdraws.

For El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Managing Scarce Water is Critical

The cities share a border, and the Rio Grande as a source of drinking water.

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Photo by Neil Conway

ACLU lawsuit alleges ICE field office in El Paso among those holding asylum seekers without cause

The plaintiffs in the case include a Haitian ethics teacher fleeing political persecution, a Honduran national who alleges persecution for being gay and asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela and Cuba.

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Front Street Books is a member of the American Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Foundation for Freedom of Expression. (Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0))

Meet the Woman Who Runs Alpine’s Independent Bookstore

Out in west Texas, you’ll find wide-open spaces where you can enjoy some quiet time. But what if you want to pick up a few books to read while you relax? There’s not a lot of big-box stores that far out, and Amazon might have a hard time finding you. Front Street Books, located in Alpine, has got you covered.

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A massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB 4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017, the last day of the 85th Legislative session. (Photo by Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune)

Federal appeals court’s ruling upholds most of Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law

As the case over Senate Bill 4 plays out, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that most of the immigration enforcement legislation can remain in effect.

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After the shooting incident, Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez said there was no evidence suggesting immigrants shot at the hunting group. (Photo Courtesy of the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office)

Hunting Guides Who Allegedly Lied About 2017 Shooting in Presidio County Sued for Negligence

*Editors note: An earlier version of the headline for this story  said Michael Bryant and Walker Daugherty lied about the shooting incident in 2017. While indicted on  charges, there hasn’t been a ruling in the case. We regret the error.

Last year, two hunting guides blamed immigrants who entered the country illegally for a shooting that occurred near Candelaria in Presidio County. The guides were leading a husband and wife from Florida on a hunt. The shooting left one of the guides and the husband injured. The story gained national attention, after an investigation revealed the shooting was  likely the result of friendly fire.

Now, the Florida couple is suing the two hunters.

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The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin, on the evening before the start of SXSW 2015. (Geoff Livingston via Flickr/Creative Commons)

2018 Dispatches from South by Southwest

It’s that time again.

The annual South by Southwest will see techies, musicians and film geeks flock to the state capitol.

As the festival continues, we’ll hear from our correspondent and documentarian Karen Bernstein. She’ll talk with us during Morning Edition about the big news and big names that are coming out of the festival.

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Clockwise from top left, four Democratic candidates vying for U.S. Congressional District 23: Judy Canales, Jay Hulings, Rick Treviño and Gina Ortiz Jones. (Photos: Facebook campaign pages)

For first time in a while, CD-23 Democratic primary draws a crowd

Five Democrats are vying for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, in Texas’ most competitive congressional district.

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Marfa Public Radio Hiring New Office Manager

Position Overview: The Office Manager is the essential position at our station for ensuring the continuous, effective operation of our office. It is a detail-oriented position that requires anticipating the needs of our station to function at its best. Because our station is a public service, the position requires people skills to interface with listeners, members, and our neighbors.

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Thu. Mar 15 Interview: Exploring the Gray with Barak Goodman

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to Barak Goodman. Over the course of twenty years, he’s made more than thirty films, and has become an acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker. They discuss his work and changes in the documentary landscape over the years. Goodman emphasizes the importance of exploring complicated, nuanced perspectives in his films.

The filmmaker talks about his current production which examines the impact of gerrymandering on the United States’ democracy.

Barak Goodman will speak as part of Midland College’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, March 20 at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The filmmaker’s lecture, “Exploring the Gray: A Life in Documentary Film” will begin at 7:30 pm.

Midland college is an underwriter of this station.

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Texan, leaving Trump’s Cabinet

The departure of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a Wichita Falls native, comes after a year of escalating tensions between Tillerson and President Donald Trump.

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State Rep. Roland Gutierrez to seek Carlos Uresti’s seat in Texas Senate

Gutierrez is running for Texas Senate District 19, a Democratic-leaning San Antonio district that overlaps with his own and is held by a senator who was recently convicted of 11 felonies. Will Uresti step down or fight to keep his seat?

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Before Judd, there was Daddy-o Wade

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about Bob “Daddy-o” Wade, an artist in Austin who helped shape Texas Cosmic Cowboy counterculture in  the 1970s.

Daddy-o has been adorning the Texas landscape with giant sculptures, incorporating iconic Texas symbols, for forty-years.

From a thirty-five-foot high pair of cowboy boots to a forty-foot long wire and polyurethane iguana named Iggy, and even that mysterious, bullet-ridden van parked in front of Marfa’s Lost Horse Saloon.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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El Paso Zoo Connects Urban West Texans to the Desert Ecosystem

Paul Simon put it together in 1967: “Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo.” The El Paso Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Texas’ desert-mountain city. More than 300,000 people visit each year. They see … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.
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