KRTS Off-Air Due To Damaged AEP Equipment

AEP is working to restore power to the top of Brown Mountain. An outage caused by a storm damaged a piece of equipment and is keeping 93.5 FM (Marfa and Fort Davis broadcast) off-air.


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Marfa Public Radio has received three National Edward R. Murrow Awards. (Photo Courtesy: RTDNA)

Marfa Public Radio Wins Three National Edward R. Murrow Awards

By Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio has won three National Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for its reporting in 2018. This is the first time the station has received this number of National Murrow awards.

The station’s only other National Murrow was awarded in 2016 for Lorne Matalon’s investigative reporting in the Juarez Valley in Mexico.

The awards are considered among the most prestigious and recognize “news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.”

Marfa Public Radio was awarded in the small market radio category for its use of social media, its website and use of multimedia and for feature reporting.


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A shelter in Carrizo Springs was a camp for oilfield workers before being converted to hold up to 1,300 migrant children. (Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune)

Near The Border, A Former Camp For Oilfield Workers Now Holds Hundreds Of Migrant Children

By Riane Roldan, Texas Tribune

Three vans with 20 migrant children pulled up to a welcome center at the Carrizo Springs emergency shelter Friday as dozens of shelter employees, wearing shirts with Emergency Management emblazoned on the back, stood eagerly to greet them.

“Y’all ready?” one shelter manager asked the group.


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A migrant held an infant under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge in El Paso in March. Border Patrol has since closed the holding area. (Rudy Gutierrez for The Texas Tribune)

Zero Tolerance May Be Over, But Migrant Children Are Still Being Separated From Parents

By Riane Roldan and Alana Rocha, Texas Tribune

More than a year after the Trump administration ended a controversial policy that led to hundreds of family separations, as many as five migrant children per day continue to be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to federal data gathered by an immigrant advocacy group.


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Houses can't be built fast enough in Midland and Odessa as the two cities populations continue to rise. (Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Housing Needs In the Permian Basin Is Spurring Land Sales In Midland And Odessa

By Mitch Borden

Small land sales in Texas are up for the sixth year in a row. That’s according to a new report from the Texas Realtors Association. Those sales rose by about 6 percent last year, driven by the sales of properties affected by Hurricane Harvey — and increased development in West Texas oil fields.


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Workers drain and clean trucks for 12 hours a day for three week shifts at Milestone Environmental Service's Orla slurry disposal site. ( Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Worker Shortages In The Permian Basin Continue Even As Companies Tap The Brakes

By Mitch Borden

The Permian Basin’s oil industry hit its first real slow down in years over the last seven months. Companies have cut thousands of jobs and the number of oil rigs has fallen. But at the same time, the region is producing more oil than ever and labor shortages are running rampant.


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Ruben "Radar" Rodriguez, head of the Presidio County Republican Party, voiced his support of a resolution to make the county a "Second Amendment Sanctuary." (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

After Major Changes To Proposed Resolution, Presidio County Becomes “Second Amendment Sanctuary”

By Carlos Morales

After a heated discussion that brought more than 60 people into the Presidio County Judge’s chambers, county commissioners approved a resolution labeling the county a “Second Amendment sanctuary.”

The designation appears to be the first of its kind in Texas and follows a trend of cities, counties and states across the country — mainly in rural pockets of the U.S. — that have labeled themselves as “sanctuaries” for gun owners. As they’ve been set up in other communities, these resolutions seem to follow the structure behind sanctuary city ordinances that limit local cooperation with federal officials when it comes to enforcing immigration laws.


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Trucks line up to pass through a checkpoint at the U.S./Mexico border in Pharr, Tex. Truckers say the immigration crackdown has led to waitimes as long as six hours to cross the border. (Carson Frame / American Homefront)

The National Guard Is Heading To The U.S.-Mexico Border To Help Move Trucks Through Faster

By Carson Frame, Texas Public Radio

Every day, more than 40,000 commercial trucks cross over the Pharr International Bridge into Texas from the Mexican city of Reynosa.

Carrying things like fruits, vegetables, and machine parts, they spill out into an intersection with two gas stations. It’s a essential stop for many of the truckers, who often have to idle for hours on the three-mile-long bridge waiting for U.S. customs officials to scan and approve their loads.


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The Presidio County Courthouse in downtown Marfa. (Marfa Public Radio)

Presidio County Postpones Late Hours Vote For Local Business, Looks To Adopt Area-Wide Ordinance

By Sally Beauvais

On Wednesday, Presidio County officials postponed their vote on a request by business owner Liz Lambert for permission to serve alcohol until 2 AM at her Marfa hotel, El Cosmico.

The commissioners court plans to adopt an area-wide policy for unincorporated parts of the county before revisiting Lambert’s request.


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The trial took place at the Casner Room in Marfa. The room was full of some thirty people, as others watched from outside. (Sally Beauvais / Marfa Public Radio)

Marfa Artist “Not Guilty” Of Assault Based On Lack Of Evidence

By Diana Nguyen


On Tuesday — a trial took place in Marfa for an assault case. The defendant, a high-profile artist who lives part-time in Marfa — was found not guilty of the Class C Misdemeanor charge.

Marfa Public Radio’s Diana Nguyen was at the trial and talked to Carlos Morales about what unfolded.


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On Saturday night, more than 20 drivers from across West Texas, including racers from Mexico, were in Presidio to see who could go the fastest. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

In Presidio, Amateur Drag Racing Is Back

By Sally Beauvais

It’s Saturday night in West Texas. On a stretch of land outside of the border town of Presidio, cars are lining up two-by-two behind a straight, quarter-mile racing strip illuminated by stadium lights.

A summer storm has just passed through the area, but the weather’s calmed. The sun’s going down on the surrounding mountains as families tailgate out of their truck beds, lined up along the concrete track.



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KRTS Off-Air Due To Damaged AEP Equipment

AEP is working to restore power to the top of Brown Mountain. An outage caused by a storm damaged a piece of equipment and is keeping 93.5 FM (Marfa and Fort Davis broadcast) off-air.

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Marfa Public Radio Wins Three National Edward R. Murrow Awards

By Marfa Public Radio

Marfa Public Radio has won three National Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for its reporting in 2018. This is the first time the station has received this number of National Murrow awards.

The station’s only other National Murrow was awarded in 2016 for Lorne Matalon’s investigative reporting in the Juarez Valley in Mexico.

The awards are considered among the most prestigious and recognize “news stories that uphold the RTDNA Code of Ethics, demonstrate technical expertise and exemplify the importance and impact of journalism as a service to the community.”

Marfa Public Radio was awarded in the small market radio category for its use of social media, its website and use of multimedia and for feature reporting.

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Tracing the Dinosaurs’ End at Big Bend National Park

If, as Emerson said, “the health of the eye demands a horizon,” Big Bend National Park is the ultimate tonic for the eyes. Visitors are awed by expansive desert-mountain vistas. The story that landscape tells about the history of life … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:45 am and 4:45 pm.
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Thu. Jul 11 Interview: Fire In The Big Bend; Lance Scott Walker On Houston Rap

Gary Mitschke and Joe Pasqua (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

Gary Mitschke and Joe Pasqua

Gary Mitschke, Marfa’s Volunteer Fire Department Chief and Joe Pasqua, the Coordinator for the Alpine Region of the Texas A&M Forest Service talk to Diana Nguyen about volunteer fire departments in the region, fire conditions in the Big Bend, and preventative measures for property owners in vulnerable areas.


(University of Texas Press, 2018)

Lance Scott Walker

Later in the show, a re-broadcast of a conversation Nguyen had with writer Lance Scott Walker.

They spoke in late 2018 when Walker came through Marfa on his book tour for Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop.They talk about Houston rap and its far-reaching influence.

Walker is a Galveston native who lived in Houston for over a decade, where he wrote for The Houston Chronicle and Houston Press. He’s now based in New York and is currently working on a biography about DJ Screw.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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In Light Of New Precedent, Marfa Business To Ask County For Late Night Hours — For A Second Time

By Sally Beauvais

In the city of Marfa, it’s well-understood that you can’t buy a drink at a bar after midnight most nights of the week.

But Presidio County is grappling with its own policies regarding late-night alcohol serving hours. After officials made a controversial decision earlier this year extending them to a venue that’s yet to be built outside of Marfa’s city limits, another business will ask for late hours in Commissioner’s Court this week — for a second time.

This story is part of Marfa Public Radio’s series called Tipping Point — about tourism-driven change, for better or for worse, in West Texas.

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New Pipelines To The Permian Basin Are Projected To Double The Oil The Region Can Pump Out

By Mitch Borden

The Permian Basin is producing about 4 million barrels of oil a day. The most to ever come out of the region. For a long time though, West Texas hasn’t had enough pipeline infrastructure to carry that oil east to the Gulf Coast’s ports and refineries. As new ones are being built, analysts predict that’s about to change.

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Texas Is Going To Court To End Obamacare. It Hasn’t Produced A Plan To Replace It.

By Emma Platoff and Edgar Walters, Texas Tribune

Last year, after a federal judge in Texas declared the entirety of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, throwing into question millions of Americans’ health coverage, the state’s Republican leaders promised they would come up with a plan to replace it.

But on Tuesday, after a legislative session that seemed to have no room for issues other than property tax reform and school finance, Texas will ask a federal appeals court in New Orleans to end the law in its entirety — without offering a replacement plan.

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