photograph courtesy Ancient Southwest Texas Project. Archeologist Amanda Castañeda, pictured above, analyzed more than 800 bedrock features in the Lower Pecos canyonlands. Used for processing and preparing food, bedrock features were critical tools in ancient life in West Texas.

In “Bedrock Features,” West Texas Prehistory Is Etched in Stone

Often overlooked, they’re among the most abundant signs of our region’s ancient human past. To encounter one in a remote corner of West Texas – the caprock canyons, the Devils River, the Big Bend desert – is to be reminded … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm, and again on Thursdays at 7:06 pm.

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Thursday Interview: The View from Rural Communities with The Texas Tribune

This is a conversation from The Texas Tribune’s symposium on rural Texas. The panel took place earlier this week in College Station, where lawmakers, advocates, and local officials discussed the future of rural education, health care, natural resource preservation, infrastructure investment, and the state’s economic future.

During this panel, Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Oldham County Judge Donnie Allred, Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez, and Marfa’s Mayor Ann Marie Nafziger discuss the changes and challenges rural communities face.

 

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.

Boquillas Canyon extends over 20 miles along the southern border of Big Bend National Park (Mark Stevens via Flickr)

Dallas Man Falls To His Death In Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park has confirmed the death of 69-year-old park visitor Edward Lowe, of Dallas.

Park officials report Lowe sustained fatal injuries Wednesday morning while looking for a campsite about a mile from the mouth of Boquillas Canyon, when he fell headfirst off of an embankment. He was on a week-long canoe trip along the Rio Grande, which runs through the canyon.


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Broadcast disruptions in the Basin

A note to our valued Midland and Odessa listeners.  Problems with regional Fiber Access Internet have momentarily disrupted our broadcast signal in the Basin.   We’re hoping to be back on the air shortly.  Thanks for your support and patience!

Cheetos, Neon Signs and The True Spirit of Perseverance

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn tells two two inspiring stories of perserverance – One about Flaming Hot Cheetos, and the other Neon Signs.

 

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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West Texas “Water Shrine”: Encountering An Ancient Desert Civilization at Hueco Tanks State Park

What’s now West Texas was home to nomadic societies for more than 10,000 years. But, about 1,500 years ago, some Chihuahuan Desert peoples began to adopt a different way of life. They embraced agriculture – farming corn, beans and squash … Continue reading

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Thu. Nov 8 Interview: Lance Scott Walker, Author of “Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop”

On this episode, Diana Nguyen speaks to writer Lance Scott Walker, author of Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History of Bayou City Hip-Hop (University of Texas Press, 2018). They discuss the history and far-reaching influence of Houston’s rap scene.

West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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It’s Election Day. See What’s On Your Ballot And What You Need To Vote

Early voting in the November Midterms begins today Monday, Oct. 2  and runs through Nov. 2.

Across counties, in West Texas, there is a slew of local and county-wide races on the ballot. You can find a breakdown of what you can expect to see on your ballot below. If you don’t see your county below, you can enter your address here to see a sample ballot for your area.

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Nachitoches, Hoodrat Snacks, and Other Heavenly Delights

Everybody has a favorite hometown snack they can only enjoy in one particular place, in their hometown.

Whether it’s meat pies in Nachitoches, salmon cheeks in Astoria, Rochester white hots, Gerber sandwiches in St. Louis, chicken riggies in Utica, or flaming hot Cheetos and nacho cheese and Big Red in San Antonio.

On this edition of the Rambling Boy, Lonn explores a new monthly subscription service that helps San Antonions living elsewhere get their fix of sweet, salty, and sour south Texas delicacies

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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