Thursday Interview: Elizabeth Crook On Her New Book

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Author Elizabeth Crook stops by to discuss her new novel. Titled Monday, Monday, this work of historical fiction starts with the 1966 UT campus shooting and follows the lives of three students caught up in the massacre: Shelly, who leaves her math class and walks directly into the path of the bullets; and two cousins, Wyatt and Jack, who heroically rush from their classrooms to help the victims. 

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Interior of the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine (Courtesy Big Bend Film Commission)

Interior of the Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine (Courtesy Big Bend Film Commission)

Community Health Center’s Hospitals Hit by Cybercrime Theft of Private Patient Information

On August 18, Community Health Systems, operator of 206 hospitals around the country, including Big Bend Regional Medical Center, Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring, and San Angelo Community Medical Center, filed an FCC report that revealed private patient information had been hacked from their computer system.

“Our computer network was the target of a very sophisticated criminal cyber attack,” says Mary Clare Spear, marketing director for Big Bend Regional Medical Center. “They were looking for things such as medical device or equipment data.”

The hackers did not find the intellectual property they were looking for, instead they took patient names, addresses, birth dates, telephone numbers, and social security numbers, all protected by the HIPPA privacy act.

Spear also said Community Health Systems does not currently know how many patients are effected locally, though they do know the information was taken from the hospital’s affiliated clinics and physician’s offices and not the hospital itself. Overall, the hospital system believes 4.5 million patients’ information was stolen from the last five years.

“Those who are effected will be receiving notification in the mail and also be getting free identity theft protection,” says Spear.

The hackers are believed to be from China. The attack happened in April and June of 2014. Community Health Systems confirmed the theft internally in July and filed the FCC report August 18.

Unfortunately, patients effected by this cyber crime will have to wait for news the old fashioned way: by their mailboxes. Spear says those letters with the bad news will go out at the end of August.

-Paige Phelps

 

 

 

Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Alvarez is seen here with K. Yoland on August 20, 2014. (Jefferson Yen/Marfa Public Radio)

Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce Director Robert Alvarez is seen here with K. Yoland on August 20, 2014. (Jefferson Yen/Marfa Public Radio)

Wednesday Interview: Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival & Old Fort Day

On today’s Talk at Ten we spoke with Richard Alvarez, the Executive Director of Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce, about the upcoming Hummingbird Festival which will take place in Fort Davis starting tomorrow.  Activities during the event will allow visitors to view these wonderful creatures in their natural setting at locations throughout the Davis Mountains. Viewing sites include the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center and Botanical Gardens, McDonald Observatory, the Davis Mountains State Park and a host of other locations.  The festival will last through Saturday. We also discussed the Old Fort Day on August 30th.

For further information, visit our website at www.fortdavis.com.

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Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August, 8, 2014. (Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune)

Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August, 8, 2014. (Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune)

Analysis: It’s Not the Crime, It’s the Politics

So this is what happens when the fox cuts the food supply of the dog guarding the henhouse.

A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts, alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had pleaded guilty to drunk driving, stepped down.

It appears to those on the governor’s side of the argument that he has the right to cut the funding of agencies run by people who will not quit on his demand.

It appears to those on the prosecutor’s side that his funding veto and the threat that preceded it were an attempt to intimidate and coerce the office that has the job of policing corruption and ethics cases in state government.

The threat is the thing. Had the governor simply cut the funding without saying anything — especially in public, but even in private — this would just be a strange veto. That is not unprecedented.

But Perry did speak out. He decided that Lehmberg’s serving time for a drunk driving arrest, or running a gauntlet of public opprobrium that includes an eternal presence of arrest night video on the internet, was not enough.


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(Todd Dwyer via Flickr)

(Todd Dwyer via Flickr)

With Terlingua Still Reeling from a Tragic Death, New Owner of La Kiva Prepares for Re-Opening

A Wisconsin man named John Holroyd is the new owner of the La Kiva bar in Terlingua, a decades-old watering hole that’s been popular with generations of tourists and locals alike.

Communities in Terlingua and across the Big Bend are still reeling from the tragic death of the bar’s years-long owner Glenn Felts earlier this year.

Felts was found dead outside La Kiva the morning of February 4th, from what authorities described as “blunt-force trauma to the head.” A local river guide named Tony Flint was arrested the following day and charged with murder; the bar’s been closed ever since, and its future has been an open question until now.

Holroyd, a Biotech Engineer who’s sold everything from kidney dialysis machines to ultrasound equipment for decades now, says he plans to have the bar back open by October 16th, although he admits that’s an optimistic projection at best.

Murders are rare in the Big Bend, and the death of Felts has ruffled – and in some cases even divided – members of the community, as both Felts and Flint were popular faces around Terlingua.

John Holroyd says he’s a long-time traveler to Terlingua and the Big Bend, and that he’s been a patron of La Kiva since it first opened. We reached him by phone on Wednesday at an Oklahoma truck stop, about 30 miles from Wichita Falls and the state line. He and his wife Josie are currently on their way to Terlingua from Wisconsin to start work on getting the bar back open.


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Over the summer, Phoenix's Central High School held a summer session for refugee children, including a handful of teenagers from Central America who had recently been released from shelters after crossing the border alone. (Jude Joffe-Block)

Over the summer, Phoenix's Central High School held a summer session for refugee children, including a handful of teenagers from Central America who had recently been released from shelters after crossing the border alone. (Jude Joffe-Block)

Child Migrants Transition From Shelters To A Life In Limbo

The number of unaccompanied child migrants apprehended at the Southwest border fell by almost half between June and July, and there are reports that the number arriving continues to fall.

That trend has helped ease the crisis of finding shelter space to house these children.

However, the polarized debate on what do with these young migrants continues both at the political level and around the kitchen table. This is a story not on the debate itself, but on one family caught up in it.


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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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Faith Gay, head teacher, Chris Hillen, outdoor education coordinator, and David Sudderth, head of school spoke to Talk at 10 about the upcoming Marfa International School year.

Tue. Aug 19 Interview: Back to School: Speaking With Marfa International School Instructors

School reopens on August 25th for kids attending Marfa International School, so Paige Phelps speaks with MIS instructors, David Sudderth, head of school, Faith Gay, head teacher, and Chris Hillen, outdoor education coordinator, about the upcoming school year.

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Mon. Aug 18 Interview: Norwegian Reporters Birgit Solhaug & Hanna Stoltenberg

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On Talk At Ten today, we speak with two Norwegian reporters, Birgit Solhaug and Hanna Stoltenberg, who visited and wrote about Marfa earlier this summer in the magazine Aftenposten K.

They spoke with KRTS about their impressions of the town, the culture of Norway, and even tried mimicking a Texas accent. Stoltenberg had previously interviewed the Norwegian artists Elmgreen & Dragset, who created Prada Marfa for Ballroom Marfa.

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KRTS/KXWT Community Calendar Sponsored by Texas Mountain Trail

Every Friday at 12:04 p.m., catch our broadcast of the best weekly events from the Border to the Basin. This community calendar is sponsored by Texas Mountain Trail.

Have an event you’d like to have featured? Email us at info@marfapublicradio.org.

 

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Fri. Aug 15 Interview: Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

 

K. Yoland speaks with producer Jessica Chermayeff  whose documentary follows the artist Kehinde Wiley.

Famous for his vibrant reinterpretations of classical portraits featuring African-American men, the documentary Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace follows the New York based artist as he steps out of his comfort zone to create a series of paintings of women for the first time. Kehinde finds his models on the streets of New York and enlists Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The film traces the artist’s process from concept to canvas as he reveals to us another side of black femininity.

 

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Thu. Aug 14 Interview: Science Studio: Carlos Murillo

In cooperation with our friends at KTEP in El Paso, in today’s Talk at Ten Keith Pannell talks with Carlos Murillo, Associate Program Manager and Program Director, Division of Chemistry, National Science Foundation (NSF).  Murillo is a native of Costa Rica and he talks about the journey from his home country to the US…and back. He also talks about how the NSF evaluates scientific research for funding approval.

 

(This segment of Science Studio originally aired on September 8, 2013 on KTEP.)

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