We want to hear from you during our 2017 Listener Survey.
Who are you? What programs are you into? What could you do without? What can we do better? We’ll use this information to shape future news reporting, programming, and development efforts. To entice you, ten lucky, randomly chosen survey participants will receive a Marfa Public Radio bumper sticker!
Nearly two-dozen people gathered across the street from the Amtrak station in Alpine this weekend to protest the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts to Amtrak. As it stands, the cuts would mean the end of train service to more than 220 cities and towns across the country—including Alpine.
This week the town of Terlingua has had limited water supply. Officials believe a lightning strike damaged the motor of the town’s primary water well. Townsfolk have relied on bottled water, while officials are working to find a solution.
The Brewster County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating Stormie Clemmer, a 15 year old, female, with short brown hair, green eyes, approximately 5′ 7″ tall.
Stormie was last seen in the Alpine area wearing a black shirt and blue shorts as well as wearing a necklace with a heart and dragon claw.
Clemmer is possibly in the company of Andrew Brian Akers, a 20 year old male, in a black, early 2000’s model, Ford Ranger – The individuals are possibly heading East on I-20.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (432) 837-3488.
Beginning today, railroad advocates in nearly 30 cities across the U.S. are holding rallies to protest the potential loss of funding to Amtrak, as outlined in the budget proposed by the White House. The budget would affect travelers in more than 20 states.
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled to block the merger between Dallas’ Waste Control Specialists and EnergySolutions.
Making a list of the best and worst lawmakers after each Texas legislative session isn’t quite as old as the legislature itself, but it’s still a time-honored tradition. Texas Monthly has put out such a list since 1973, and each one is an occasion awaited with bated breath by political observers, legislative aides and of course, the lawmakers themselves.
A report out this week from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas finds that oil and gas drilling has led to environmental stresses. But the study is also calling for more research to better understand just what the environmental and community impacts could be.
Oil drilling and production in the Permian Basin of West Texas is booming again. But the boom has a byproduct that producers are considerably less excited about: oil theft. The Houston-based Energy Security Council estimates that this year alone, Texas companies will lose 10 to 30 million barrels of oil to theft, a revenue loss of $450 million to nearly $1.5 billion at today’s prices.
The Board of Directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas recently endorsed a new transmission project which includes two new 345-kV (Kilovolt) lines to address future reliability concerns in West Texas.
A serious car crash near Marfa early Tuesday morning left two injured, one hospitalized, and one dead.
The company behind the Trans Pecos Pipeline announced nearly $3 million in donations this week to counties and projects in West Texas where the pipeline either crosses or is near. Carlos Morales reports the donations benefit areas that were both hesitant and welcoming of the pipeline.
Texas is a huge state – we can all agree on that. But in a place this big, how do you decide where a part of Texas begins? The answer we came up with might surprise you.
Local pollution watchers worry about a loss of resources. The oil and gas industry looks forward to what it expects will be a consistent regulatory regime.
Craft brewers want Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that would put limits on some regulatory relief that benefits them. But supporters, including some major distributors, say the bill is needed to stop big beer companies that gobble up independent craft brewers from taking advantage of relaxed regulations.
Gov. Greg Abbott has called for a special session of the Texas Legislature to begin July 18.
West Texas ranchers are broadening their income streams to keep their cattle operations afloat.
The Presidio-Ojinaga port of entry is officially getting a makeover. The effort has been in the works since last year, and will now see the development of new bridges and pedestrian path to help ease traffic.
A new study released this month looks at whether an increase in earnings for non-college educated men leads to a boost in marriage rates, among other things. And to find the answer researchers looked at a notorious example of good money made quickly: the fracking boom.
The Marfa City Council voted to re-establish a city police department Tuesday evening. The decision comes after nearly 8 years since the City last had its own department, and marks the end of Marfa’s agreement with the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office for dedicated deputies in the area.
When McDonald Observatory first opened its doors in 1933 it was done with a nearly million dollar donation from a Paris, Texas banker. In his will, W.J.McDonald gave money to the University of Texas at Austin to establish the observatory. A move that confused McDonald’s family and others, since at the time UT didn’t have an astronomy department.
Since then, it’s evolved into one of the nation’s foremost research observatories. Now one of its telescopes finished a $40-million upgrade. The new and improved telescope is now turning its lens towards one of biggest unsolved mysteries in the universe: What is dark energy?
Most voters in the country’s biggest red state are wary of President Donald Trump — but Republican voters remain strongly supportive of him, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, via Texas Tribune.
In the 1830s, a group of Scottish and English naturalists were pursuing a new and unpopular idea: that the Earth’s features could be explained by natural processes, acting over vast stretches of time. Studying the rocks of the British Isles, … Continue reading
On tonight’s West Texas Talk, Elise Pepple speaks with Timothy Jebsen and Justin Tate from Midland Community Theatre. They’re performing in the 69th season of Summer Mummers, one of the longest running staged melodramas in the country. They discuss how the performers first got involved in theater, why comedy is important, and why you shouldn’t wear nice clothes (or fancy rings) to the show.
Summer Mummer runs from June 2 to September 2, 2017 at the Yucca Theatre in Midland. For more information, visit https://summermummers.com or www.mctmidland.org.
General manager Elise Pepple updates listeners about what’s been happening at the station. There are several new initiatives such as live storytelling events, the independent producer fund, a residency program, and the station’s public radio think tank.
In the midst of these exciting new programs, the station has also welcomed new people the radio family. Laurel Coniglio has joined the team as development director, and John Cone is our new engineer. Additionally, our Spring internship cycle just ended and the station bids farewell to Zoe Kurland, but welcomes incoming interns Elizabeth Trovall, Bayla Metzger, and Caroline Halter.
The station is always looking for ways to serve listeners better. Let us know what you’re thinking by filling out our survey!
On this episode of West Texas Talk, Zoe Kurland speaks with Bret Scott, an assistant professor at Sul Ross State University and the director of The 39 Steps from the Theatre of the Big Bend. Scott talks about his time as a working actor, and about teaching film at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan.
This production of The 39 Steps is an adaptation written by Patrick Barlow, based on the 1915 novel written by John Buchan and the 1935 film by Alfred Hitchcock. The original concept and production uses only four actors to play a variety of characters. Scott describes it as a farcical comedy.
A Preview Dress Rehearsal on June 16, 2017 is open to the public. Opening night is Saturday, June 17, 2017. All performances are at 8:15pm at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre in Alpine. For more information, call (432) 837-8218 or visit www.sulross.edu/theatre.