Author Archives: Tom Michael

About Tom Michael

KRTS/KXWT News Director

Robert Irwin Brings ‘Big’ To Texas With Permanent Art Installation

The 87-year-old conceptual artist unveils a large-scale installation of his work in Marfa, Texas, this week. He’s spent his career creating site-specific art that often treats light as its subject.

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Young, large, and in fast orbit: Texas Astronomers find New Exoplanet

This week Texas astronomers announced their discovery of a giant new exoplanet, which orbits close to its star. It’s a young planet: only 11 million years old. And it’s a large planet: 5 times the size of the Earth. What’s … Continue reading

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Iconic Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson Dies in Alpine at age 80

Joaquin Jackson died on Wednesday (June 15) at age 80 at his home in Alpine. His career as a Texas Ranger was legendary. His exploits were recounted in the 2005 book, One Ranger. He appeared on Marfa Public Radio in 2008 … Continue reading

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The West Texas Wisdom of Rooster & Butch

The second season of West Texas Investors Club launches Tuesday (June 7) on CNBC, hosted by Rooster McConaughey and Butch Gilliam. Similar to the TV program Shark Tank, Rooster & Butch listen to a group of entrepreneurs each episode and then decide to … Continue reading

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The Coyote Fire Continues in the Guadalupes

There’s a wildfire in the highest terrain in Texas. It was ignited by a lightning strike on Saturday near Coyote Peak in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. That’s in Far West Texas near the border with New Mexico, south of Carlsbad … Continue reading

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Texas Photographer Traces Route of Georgia O’Keefe in New Mexico

Texas photographer Walter Nelson has published a new book about the New Mexican landscape where artist Georgia O’Keefe painted. Nelson points to a map of New Mexico as he traces the route of artist O’Keefe, who made her name in … Continue reading

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Your Public Radio Station Just Won 8 Regional Murrow Awards

For the second year in the row, Marfa Public Radio (along with West Texas Public Radio) is the most awarded small-market station in the nation during the regional Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism in 2015. According to the Radio Television … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Filed Over Crosses on Cop Cars in Brewster County

UPDATE: Tuesday, March 22: Brewster County Commissioners passed vote to revise the employee handbook to ban “political, religious, commercial or personal” messages or symbols from county-owned property. This means that the crosses on patrol cars will be disallowed.  UPDATE: Friday March 4: The Sheriff’s … Continue reading

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The Mystery Behind Texas Independence Day

Today is a state holiday. 180 years ago, Texas adopted its Declaration of Independence. We spoke with Lonn Taylor, the host of our history program, Rambling Boy, about a 19th century mystery surrounding the holiday. It was March 2, 1836, and a … Continue reading

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Talking with Donald Trump’s Son about the Future of the Republican Party

Super Tuesday is upon us and Texans go to the polls to nominate a presidential candidate to represent their parties in the Fall elections. Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz are front-runners on the Republican ballot, while Hilary Clinton … Continue reading

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