The EPA's ECHO website uses data from state pollution regulators to compare compliance and enforcement. (Dave Fehling/StateImpact Texas)

The EPA's ECHO website uses data from state pollution regulators to compare compliance and enforcement. (Dave Fehling/StateImpact Texas)

Texas Slams EPA Website that Compares State Pollution Enforcement

Compared to other states, Texas has a consistently higher percentage of major industrial plants with “high priority violations” of air pollution laws. Yet, compared to other states, Texas does far fewer comprehensive inspections of polluting facilities.

Or at least, that’s what data seem to show on website run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Not surprisingly, Texas, with a history of fighting the EPA at every turn, says the website has “tremendous potential” for being misleading, deceiving, and inaccurate.


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Wednesday Interview: Photography Exhibition at The Lumberyard, Marfa

 

Emerging curator Francesca Altamura, artist Hannah Texie Bailey and community supporter Elaine Harmon, discuss their upcoming exhibition.

Seeing and Hearing Memories, is a photography exhibition which will open at The Lumberyard, Sunday, July 27, on Dean Street in Marfa.

Artist reception will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 

 

 

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Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor says deploying National Guard troops won't solve the crisis at the border. (Travis Bubenik/KRTS)

Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor says deploying National Guard troops won't solve the crisis at the border. (Travis Bubenik/KRTS)

Chairman of Border Sheriffs Coalition says National Guard Troops Won’t Solve Humanitarian Crisis

Governor Rick Perry has announced his plan to send 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border in response to the recent influx of Central American migrants.

Perry says the troops are needed to protect against threats from Mexican cartels and other criminals, but the Chairman of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition says it’s an unnecessary move.

Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor spoke with us about Perry’s plan.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to infiltrate the area with a lot of troops,” McIvor says. “I think you put a lot of fear into the people that live in the area.”


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Dr. Adrian Billings, chief medical officer of Presidio County Health Services, speaks to attendees of a community health clinic in Marathon, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle. (2012)

Dr. Adrian Billings, chief medical officer of Presidio County Health Services, speaks to attendees of a community health clinic in Marathon, Texas. Photo courtesy of the Denton Record-Chronicle. (2012)

First Rural Medical Residency Opens on U.S./Mexico Border

There’s a crisis in the nation’s healthcare. The lack of family doctors, an issue throughout the U.S., is a problem felt most acutely in rural regions, which lacks doctors of all specialities. But a possible solution to make up this deficit has made its way to the U.S/Mexico border, opening here in Texas.

Rural Medical Residencies, where medical students are placed in rural settings for at least two years of their medical training, is a model currently used in a handful of places around the country. The idea is to train doctors in the places they are needed most.


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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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Rediscovering a Town’s Heritage

When you visit festivals who finds those eclectic participants?  As Lonn will tell you, in Texas, as well as many other states, it is Douglas Manger.  As the founder of Heritage Works, Mr. Manger gives Folklife Surveys to communities looking to revitalize their local traditions and rituals.  As you will hear what he finds runs the gambit from basket weaving to sauerkraut experts, and everything in between.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Mon. Jul 21 Interview: Documentary – Natural Life – Juvenile Incarceration

 

Filmmaker Tirtza Even talks with Talk at Ten host K. Yoland about her new documentary Natural Life. Shot entirely in split screen, this experimental documentary challenges inequities in the U.S. juvenile justice system by depicting, through documentation and reenactment, the stories of five individuals of different age, gender, economic background and race, who were sentenced to Life Without Parole (Natural Life) for crimes they committed as youth. The film screened at Marfa Film Festival this year.

Prisoners: Matthew Bentley, Barbara Hernandez, Kevin Boyd, Jennifer Pruitt, Efren Paredes

Tirtza Even has practiced video art and documentary filmmaking for fifteen years. She has produced linear and interactive video work representing the the social/political dynamics in specific locations including Palestine, Turkey, Spain, the U.S. and Germany. Her work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art NY, at the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, as well as in many other festivals, galleries and museums in the United States, Israel, and Europe.

For more information on the film please go to their website: http://www.naturallifefilm.org/

 

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Dr. Taft Armandroff, the McDonald Observatory's new director. (Lorne Matalon)

Friday Interview: Dr. Taft Armandroff, New Director of McDonald Observatory

In a broadcast recorded live at the McDonald Observatory near Ft. Davis, Texas, MPR reporter Lorne Matalon and Morning Edition anchor Travis Bubenik spoke with Dr. Taft Armandroff, the recently appointed director of the observatory.

The three met up at the Observatory’s 82 inch Otto-Struve Telescope, an historic instrument that nonetheless remains on the front line of modern day astronomical research.

The Struve Telescope, named for a Russian astronomer who was the observatory’s first director, was the second largest in the world when it was dedicated in 1939.

Armandroff brings impressive credentials to his new position.

He comes to the McDonald Observatory from Hawaii, where he was director of the Keck Observatory, situated on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

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Fri. Jul 18 Interview: Opportunities and Obstacles – The Future of Solar in Texas

This morning we conclude our week-long look at how the solar industry is shaping up in Texas.

Companies from California to France have plans to build sizable, utility-scale solar farms in West Texas, and at least one border city has already invested in solar power to help re-vamp its electrical infrastructure and bring more reliable power to a remote region.

Despite the fact that Texas has some of the nation’s highest potential for solar power generation, the industry faces challenges. For one, the state doesn’t have a specific mandate for solar power generation, and its overall goals for meeting a renewable energy standard by 2025 were already met four years ago.

Today we speak with two people with a ground-level view of how the industry’s growth in Texas is playing out.

Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt has spoken and negotiated directly with some of the solar companies looking to build in West Texas.

Larry Perea heads up a small solar company based in El Paso, servicing Texas and New Mexico.

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Despite Obstacles, Solar Gains Ground in Texas

This week we have examined the opportunity and challenge for solar power in Texas. There are no state mandates or incentives for solar. 

And the head of the Public Utilities Commission says Congress should end solar’s 30 per cent federal tax credit. 

Despite that landscape solar is breaking through in parts of Texas, providing models that renewable energy advocates hope will resonate in the rest of the state, starting with the price of solar power. 

Electricity is sold by the kilowatt hour. It refers to the use of 1000 watts used over the course of an hour. A typical U.S. household uses 900 kilowatt hours a month.

The average cost of a kilowatt hour in Texas is about ten cents, nationally it’s about 12 cents. The City of Austin is building solar farm that will deliver at less than five cents a kilowatt hour. Money talks. And that’s a loud voice.

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