VOTE! What Do You Want To Know About Lawmaking in Texas?

For the last few weeks, we’ve been asking what you wanted to know about the Texas Legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do. And you didn’t disappoint! We received questions from all corners of Texas. Now it’s your change to vote for your favorite. Which query do you want answered?

It’s all part of a project we’re calling “Texas Decides.” We want to shine some light on the often confusing inner workings of the Texas Capitol.

We’ve teamed up with public radio stations across Texas KUT in Austin, Texas Public Radio in San Antonio, Houston Public Media, and KERA in Dallas – to collect and answer your questions about the Texas Legislature over the next few months.

We want your voice to be heard as we cover the state Capitol, so vote for your favorite question or send in one of your own! What are you wondering? Let us know by filling out the form below. Just use the form below.

Protesters follow hand-painted signs to the Two Rivers camp in Presidio County. (Sally Beauvais)

Protesters Continue Direct Action Planning as Pipeline Nears Completion

As protesters in Standing Rock clean up camp and head home, Sioux Tribes in North and South Dakota are still battling in court to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their fight has inspired protesters who are trying to stop pipeline construction in other parts of the country.  In the Big Bend Region of Texas, construction on the Trans-Pecos Pipeline is nearly complete.

Destiny Willcuts is a native Lakota Sioux. She left Standing Rock with her mother when extreme winter weather hit the area. They headed south, to a newly erected pipeline protest camp in Presidio County, Texas.

“I didn’t want to give up the fight so I just decided to head to another front line,” Willcutts says.
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Terlingua Ghost Town Ruins Vandalized

Four 125-year-old, stone landmarks in the Terlingua Ghost Town were vandalized over the weekend.

The ruins, homes of quicksilver miners built in the late 1880’s, are located on private property which has been designated a historic sight near the Starlight Theater, and have become a popular tourist destination for visitors to the far-west Texas town.

Workers of the Starlight Theater said they did not notice anything out of the ordinary when they left for the night after the late shift Saturday, but upon returning the next morning found the structures had been knocked down.

Officials are asking anyone who was in the area and may have witnessed any unusual or suspicious behavior to contact the Brewster County Sheriff’s Office at (432) 837-3488.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and capture of those responsible.

Mexican soldiers work in the mountains of Sinaloa burning this marijuana field, part of an eradication program supported by the United States. (Lorne Matalon)

US-Mexico Intelligence Cooperation Braces For Possible Change

Intelligence cooperation between Mexico and the United States has become closer in the last decade on issues important to both countries such as illegal immigration, border security, drugs and human trafficking. But that critical intelligence relationship may be under examination in Mexico. The country is trying to fashion a response to a suite of economic threats issued by the new U.S. administration. And security is one serious chip to play.


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(Left to right) John McKirgan, John-Chau Nguyen, Cinthya Roman, Brian Smith and James Park of the NRC.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Hosts Public Meeting in Andrews, TX

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is in the early stages of an environmental review for Waste Control Specialists’ application to expand its low-level nuclear waste facility in Andrews to include a portion of the nation’s high-level nuclear waste. On Wednesday night, the commission held a public meeting in Andrews, Texas to hear comments about a plan to expand the existing site. 


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Quarterly Board Meeting is Coming Up Soon (Saturday, February 18th)

Marfa Public Radio and West Texas Public Radio will be hosting a quarterly board meeting this Saturday at 12 p.m. until around 2 p.m.

The meeting is open to the public. If you would like to attend, we will be in the board room inside of the Marfa Public Radio building in Marfa,  located at 106 E San Antonio Street.

 

 

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Librarians Are on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Fake News

From Texas Standard:

Fake news is all over the place – you’ve probably got at least a few people in your Facebook feed that share it. Even some of our elected officials Tweet it out.

But across the nation, educators are ramping up efforts to teach students how to discern real the information from what’s fake. Librarians are at the forefront of that fight for media literacy in schools, colleges and beyond.
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Valentine, T Post Office ; Elise Pepple

Valentine’s Day in Valentine, Texas

It’s Valentine’s Day – a holiday marked by cupid’s arrows, those chalky yet traditional candy hearts that seem to only appear around this time of the year, and of course showing the ones you love, well love.

People from all over the world celebrate his holiday of love and appreciation for their partners, and one of the hotspots when it comes to the holiday is…Valentine, Texas, Where thousands of people, from all over the world – every year – send their love letters to be forwarded from the post office there.

Dr Paul Will – The Sausage King of the Big Bend

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn talks about his experience with Dr. Paul Will, Professor Emeritus of Animal  Science at Sul Ross State University.

Will has been teaching students how to process meat 39 years, including a class in sausage making, which ends with a contest to see who can make the tastiest sausage.

 

 

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Livestream Here: Texas Tribune Conversation with Reps. Brooks Landgraf and César Blanco

West Texas Public Radio and Marfa Public Radio are happy to bring you live streaming coverage of the Texas Tribune’s Conversation event with state Reps. César Blanco (D-El Paso) and Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa).

The conversation lasts from 11:30 AM till 1:00 PM today and is moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith.

You can watch the event here: Livestream – Reps. Blanco & Landgraf

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

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Fri. Feb 17 Interview: Geno Delafose – Zydeco Musician

On this edition of West Texas Talk Jackson Wisdorf talks with well-known zydeco musician Geno Delafose about his musical roots playing with his father John Delafose, the new direction zydeco music is taking, and you’ll hear a few tracks from Geno’s latest Grammy-nominated album Le Creole Cowboy.

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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Bonfire Shelter: A Window into the Daring Hunts of Texas Prehistory

The canyonlands surrounding the confluence of the Pecos River and the Rio Grande are the boundary of West Texas – and they’re famed in Texas archeology. Natural shelters here preserve stunning rock art, and one of the best records of … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm.
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Thu. Feb 16 Interview: Little Joe at Valentine’s in Valentine

On this episode of West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple sits down with Little Joe Hernandez before he takes the stage at Valentine’s in Valentine. Little Joe says he didn’t always want to tell his story, but the reason he changed his mind. Here, he talks about how he got started, what his success means, meeting fans on cruise ships, and family.

 

 

West Texas Talk is broadcast live at 6:30 pm each weekday.
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