Author Archives: Tom Michael

About Tom Michael

Former KRTS/KXWT News Director

It’s the Centennial Year for the National Parks

This year, 2016, is the centennial for the National Park Service. And Big Bend National Park is expecting a rise in visitors. It’s January 2nd and a rare desert rain is pouring off the roof at the Panther Junction Visitors … Continue reading

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Testing the Waters in 2016: First Day Hike in Texas State Parks

Some rang in the New Year sleeping in late on January 1st. Others – following the advice of Texas State Parks – went on a hike. One state park in West Texas tried something different. The year 2016 is not more … Continue reading

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Black-Eyed Peas for Luck in The New Year

Texas – through its culture and economy – combines a little bit of the West with a little bit of the South. West Texas – with its oil and ranching – is more Western. But on New Year’s Day, there’s … Continue reading

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Recap of West Texas Weekend Blizzard

This weekend, almost all our listening region received snow. Some places got it worse than others. The blizzard was strongest to the west and to the north. El Paso reported six inches of snow and parts of the Panhandle topped … Continue reading

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Holiday Programming on Marfa Public Radio

We hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday specials on Marfa Public Radio, from our original music shows “No Country For Old Music” to “Classical Midday.” Here’s an overview of Christmas programs.

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Debate Over Crosses on Cop Cars in West Texas

Update, January 5, 2016: Attorney General Ken Paxton acknowledged receipt of 83rd District Attorney Rod Ponton’s request and will issue an opinion on the matter by June 20, 2016. Yesterday, we reported on a potential church-and-state conflict in Alpine, referring … Continue reading

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Crosses on Cop Cars: District Attorney Asks For Opinion from Attorney General

Christmas is a time for friends, family, and sometimes…culture wars. There’s been a dust-up in Alpine over the appearance of crosses on Brewster County police vehicles. On Monday, the Texas Attorney General was formally asked to weigh-on on the matter. Rod Ponton, 83rd District Attorney and a resident … Continue reading

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Marfa Man Runs For U.S. Congress

U.S. Congressman Will Hurd (R, TX-23) had a surprise this week. On Monday, just before the filing deadline, a Republican challenger entered the race: William “Hart” Peterson of Marfa. Introducing himself as William Hart, or Billy Hart, he spoke to KRTS News on Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Brewmaster Steve Anderson of Alpine (1962-2015)

Steve Anderson of Alpine passed away the day before Thanksgiving, November 25, at age 53. He had been Brewmaster at Big Bend Brewing Company. He was also a part of the craft beer movement that changed liquor laws in Texas. … Continue reading

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Tribute to Mark Pollock, Blues Musician and Former DJ

Monday night, from 7 to 10pm, during the Far Out West Texas Blues Show that he helped create, will be a tribute to former DJ, Mark Pollock, who passed away on Friday. Mark Thomas Pollock played with Freddy King, James Cotton, and … Continue reading

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