Monthly Archives: March 2014

Texas Wind Power Breaks Another Record

Another record was set for wind power generation this week, according to the group that manages much of the state’s power. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas(ERCOT) says Wednesday evening, wind power generation on the grid reached10,296 megawatts (MW), or enough to power … Continue reading

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As Healthcare Enrollment Deadline Looms, West Texans Debate Obamacare

Today, Monday March 31st, is the deadline for open enrollment for coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act. Some have said that Texas has been slow to make the transition. Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the ACA, … Continue reading

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Despite Forecasts for a Less Active Fire Season, Danger Still High in West Texas

Fire season is well underway here in West Texas – just this month we’ve seen a couple of small grass fires break out on the outskirts of Marfa, and what could’ve been a very large fire burned about a 7-mile … Continue reading

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Changes Are Coming to Guadalupe Mountains National Park

On Thursday (March 27), KRTS News looked at the potential of improvements of the western side of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Chris Hillen spoke with Drew Stuart, editor of the Hudspeth Country Herald and Dell City Review. Like the other … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Texas Still Learning When It Comes to Oil Spill Response

Two dozen boats and over 500 people are now involved in the response to an oil spill from Saturday that closed the Houston Ship Channel. What spilled was a heavy fuel oil, called bunker fuel, which was carried in a barge that … Continue reading

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PARENTHESES: Gardening

This week on Parentheses: Lately, I’ve been perusing garden books and catalogs and visiting web sites where images of green growing things abound. Giving no consideration to my designated USDA plant hardiness zone, or my gardening abilities, I want everything … Continue reading

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Former Alpine City Finance Director Pleads Guilty to Theft Charges

Ricky Chavez, the former Finance Director for the City of Alpine, has pleaded guilty to one charge of theft and one charge of theft by a public servant in a case that exposed serious financial mismanagement and corruption at the … Continue reading

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Down the Drain: Who’s Watching Chemicals Used in Oil Drilling?

In Ector County, officials say roads like this have been used for years to dump oilfield waste, leaving lanes coated with slippery fluids. (Credit: Ector County Environmental Enforcement) A case of alleged dumping of possibly thousands of gallons of chemicals … Continue reading

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Editor of Glasstire talks about Breaking News in the Art World

On Wednesday (March 19), KRTS News spoke with Bill Davenport, the editor of Glasstire, an online magazine of visual arts based in Texas. The magazine broke the news that a suspect had been arrested in connection with the defacement of Prada … Continue reading

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