Author Archives: Tom Michael

About Tom Michael

KRTS/KXWT News Director

Robert Irwin Brings ‘Big’ To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He’s spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.

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Young, large, and in fast orbit: Texas Astronomers find New Exoplanet

This week Texas astronomers announced their discovery of a giant new exoplanet, which orbits close to its star. It’s a young planet: only 11 million years old. And it’s a large planet: 5 times the size of the Earth. What’s … Continue reading

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Iconic Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson Dies in Alpine at age 80

Joaquin Jackson died on Wednesday (June 15) at age 80 at his home in Alpine. His career as a Texas Ranger was legendary. His exploits were recounted in the 2005 book, One Ranger. He appeared on Marfa Public Radio in 2008 … Continue reading

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The West Texas Wisdom of Rooster & Butch

The second season of West Texas Investors Club launches Tuesday (June 7) on CNBC, hosted by Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam. Similar to the TV program Shark Tank, Rooster & Butch listen to a group of entrepreneurs each episode and then decide to … Continue reading

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Texas Man Falls to his Death in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park in Far West Texas is known for its remote and rugged terrain, with a geology found nowhere else in the state. It attracts hikers and bird-watchers to its mountain trails, as well as rafters and canoeists … Continue reading

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The Coyote Fire Continues in the Guadalupes

There’s a wildfire in the highest terrain in Texas. It was ignited by a lightning strike on Saturday near Coyote Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. That’s in Far West Texas near the border with New Mexico, south of Carlsbad … Continue reading

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Wildfire in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Update Tuesday (May 10) at 4 PM: The Coyote Fire is now at 8,205 acres and is 30% contained. Over the past several days in Far West Texas, with dry and windy conditions, volunteer fire departments have been dealing with a … Continue reading

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Feds Grant Permission for Trans-Pecos Pipeline to Cross Rio Grande

On Thursday (May 5), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a permit allowing the Trans-Pecos Pipeline to cross underneath the Rio Grande. The permit was issued after a lengthy environmental review. This gives the pipeline operators, Energy Transfer, a key approval to ultimately export natural … Continue reading

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Texas Photographer Traces Route of Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico

Texas photographer Walter Nelson has published a new book about the New Mexican landscape where artist Georgia O’Keefe painted. Nelson points to a map of New Mexico as he traces the route of artist O’Keefe, who made her name in … Continue reading

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Your Public Radio Station Just Won 8 Regional Murrow Awards

For the second year in the row, Marfa Public Radio (along with West Texas Public Radio) is the most awarded small-market station in the nation during the regional Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism in 2015. According to the Radio Television … Continue reading

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