Monthly Archives: June 2015

War Stories Through the Eyes of West Texans

At the Casner Room in Marfa City Hall, Angelo State University professors Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai and Christine Lamberson usher veterans into adjoining rooms for audio interviews. They set their mementos onto a small white sheet for photo documentation, and have them fill out … Continue reading

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In West Texas, Some Counties Are Issuing Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples, Others Are Not

This post has been updated. With Friday’s Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, some county clerk offices in Texas, including those in Travis, Bexar, and Dallas counties, began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples immediately. But in West Texas, most county … Continue reading

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City-Commissioned Sculpture Raises Questions Of Censorship

A public art piece in El Paso that was abruptly removed by city officials earlier this year is raising questions about censorship. The metal sculpture depicted a flock of birds carrying off fragments of guns once used to commit crimes. … Continue reading

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After Being Defunded By the State, Texas Mountain Trail Decides to Go-It-Alone

The 2015 legislative session is over. There were winner and losers. One agency that lost state funding was the Heritage Trails Program, made up of 10 organizations across the state. Tom Michael spoke with Drew Stuart, a board member representing … Continue reading

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Ciudad Juárez Tears Down ‘No More Weapons’ Sign

Mexican officials have ordered the removal of a three ton sign that reads, “No More Weapons!” at the foot of an international bridge across from El Paso, Texas. The giant sign is made of confiscated firearms and was erected in … Continue reading

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Newscast June 17, 2015

Newscast as delivered by Travis Bubenik for Marfa Public Radio on June 17, 2015.

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Addressing Concerns from Big Bend Residents, Alpine Council Passes Pipeline Measures

The Alpine City Council passed two measures related to the Trans-Pecos Pipeline on Tuesday: one a strongly-worded move against the pipeline, the other a more reserved effort to have the pipeline built under stricter safety standards than what’s currently required. … Continue reading

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Alpine City Council To Continue Pipeline Discussions

The Alpine City Council will continue discussion on the planned Trans-Pecos Pipeline at Tuesday’s council meeting. On the agenda: a proposal to allow Mayor Avinash Rangra to ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a presidential permit for the … Continue reading

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Texas bourbon distilleries are on the rise

Sunday was National Bourbon Day. That’s a liquor associated with the state of Kentucky. But the geographic similarities between Texas and Kentucky are not lost on some new Texas distilleries. Every state has its treasures. California has its beaches. Louisiana its jazz clubs. Kentucky … Continue reading

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Pumpco Denied Water Permit for Pipeline Staging Site

On Tuesday, the Brewster County Groundwater Conservation District denied a water well permit application filed by Pumpco, Inc. – the contractor preparing to build the Trans-Pecos Pipeline. The company’s been clearing a site in Alpine that will be used to stage … Continue reading

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