Author Archives: Tom Michael

About Tom Michael

KRTS/KXWT News Director

The Rock House Fire: 5 Years Later

The Rock House Fire remains the largest grassland fire in Texas history. On Saturday, April 9, 2011, it began its rampage across Far West Texas, affecting many residents. Today during the Spring Membership Drive for Marfa Public Radio, we revisit some of … Continue reading

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Texas Astronomers Witness Impact of Supernova on Neighboring Star

Texas astronomers announced another discovery this week. A team at the University of Texas at Austin witnessed the impact of an exploding star on a neighboring star. A white dwarf is a dense, low-mass star, in the late stages of … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio To Launch Host Exchange Program with WCAI of Cape Cod, Mass.

This public radio network in West Texas and WCAI in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, is separated by 2,300 miles. One radio station lies next to an ocean, the other sits in a desert. But in April, a public media exchange experiment called “Radio Hometown: Two … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Crosses on Cop Cars in Brewster County

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 22: Brewster County Commissioners passed vote to revise the employee handbook to ban “political, religious, commercial or personal” messages or symbols from county-owned property. This means that the crosses on patrol cars will be disallowed.  UPDATE: Friday March 4: The Sheriff’s … Continue reading

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The Mystery Behind Texas Independence Day

Today is a state holiday. 180 years ago, Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence. We spoke with Lonn Taylor, the host of our history program, Rambling Boy, about a 19th century mystery surrounding the holiday. It was March 2, 1836, and a … Continue reading

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Talking with Donald Trump’s Son about the Future of the Republican Party

Super Tuesday is upon us and Texans go to the polls to nominate a presidential candidate to represent their parties in the Fall elections. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz are front-runners on the Republican ballot, while Hilary Clinton … Continue reading

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Discovery of New Planet at McDonald Observatory in West Texas

The McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis announced Wednesday the discovery of a new planet. It’s located in the Hyadesstar cluster. The planet is K2-25B. The lead astronomer with the discovery is Andrew Mann. It’s a warm afternoon on top of … Continue reading

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Morrow Murder Trial Goes Into Its Fourth Day in Alpine

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26 UPDATE: Friday, Charles Morrow, was convicted by a Brewster County jury for the 2014 murder of Trey Sands. This is in addition to an earlier guilty verdict against Keith Alan McWilliams. The jury in Alpine deliberated 47 minutes before making … Continue reading

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The Trials Of Pronouncing Antonin Scalia Dead In West Texas

The Big Bend area of West Texas is known for its enormous, sparsely populated counties. This can be a problem for county services — whether you’re an ordinary citizen or a Supreme Court justice.

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Pronouncing a Supreme Court Justice Dead in West Texas

The Big Bend region of West Texas is known for its enormous ranches and large, sparsely populated counties. And this can be a problem when people need county services, especially emergency services. And it doesn’t matter if you’re an ordinary … Continue reading

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