Thursday Interview: Station Update: Localore, West Texas Wonders, and Our Ancient, Troublesome Transmitter

In this episode, General Manager Elise Pepple joins Diana Nguyen to update listeners on what’s happenin’ at the station.

Here’s what they cover:

  • This year, the station received a grant to host storytelling workshops and events in West Texas. This is made possible through a grant from AIR’s project Localore. Find dates and more information here. To sign up for a workshop, shoot an email to
  • West Texas Wonders is a journalism initiative the station launched this summer. Listeners submit questions, and we investigate. Check out this page to see the stories we’ve produced from this series, or to submit a question!
  • Elise Pepple explains what the deal with our broadcast in Marfa and Fort Davis is. (Hint: We’re using outdated technology.)
  • Membership Drive is just around the corner! Our fall drive will run from Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5. We’ll cap off the week with a block party at the station during Chinati Weekend’s Made in Marfa that Friday.
  • Did you miss your favorite music show? Don’t fret! You can listen to any program from the past week here. To find shows from our entire archive beginning in April, head over to our mixcloud.
West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.

photograph by Stephanie Smith. In West Texas, the windy season creates scenes that might seem unusual elsewhere. Above, during a recent spring, the backstop at the ballpark in Dell City stopped more tumbleweeds than baseballs.

Where the West Winds Blow: What Causes the West Texas Windy Season?

For this episode, Nature Notes is teaming up with “West Texas Wonders” – a new reporting series, where listeners ask questions and Marfa Public Radio finds answers. Adele Powers lives in Marfa. “Windy season is the bane of my existence,” … 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.

Robert "Bob" Krumenaker begins work at Big Bend National Park on Sept. 24 (Courtesy of National Park System)

BBNP’s New Superintendent on Deferred Maintenance, Preservation and Park Safety

Soon, the sprawling 800,000-acre Big Bend National Park will have a new superintendent to guide it and oversee new projects. 

Beginning next week that role will be filled by Bob Krumenaker, a veteran of the of the National Park system. Krumenaker spoke with Marfa Public Radio about the challenges of leading such a massive national park and some ideas he has for its future. 

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Director Twila LaBar And Producer Sam Pfiester On “Blanche”

Last week, the film Blanche premiered in Marfa. It’s a story about a hermetic West Texas rancher suffering from the loss of his wife. But then, a friend decides to step in and help out… through some unconventional means.

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, 30, was charged with manslaughter Sunday in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. (Kaufamn county Jail)

Dallas Officer Amber Guyger Charged With Manslaughter For Fatally Shooting Botham Jean In His Home

A white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black man in his home has been charged with manslaughter.

Amber Guyger, 30, was arrested Sunday — three days after the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean. She was booked into the Kaufman County Jail at 7:20 p.m. with bail set at $300,000. She was no longer listed in jail records by 8:30 p.m.

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Repair contractors have started work on the state park's historic pool (Source: Balmorhea State Park Facebook)

Repair Work Begins At Balmorhea State Park Pool, Will Take ‘Several Months’ To Reopen

Repair work to the historic Balmorhea State Park swimming pool is officially underway. In September, contractors started the initial repair process. Officials say it’s still unclear just how long it will be until the pool reopens. 

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The Davis Mountains Property Owners Association bylaws state hunting is not allowed. (Diana Nguyen / Marfa Public Radio)

Can You Be Arrested for Shooting A Burro In The Davis Mountains Resort? It Depends.

In the Davis Mountains Resort, burros (often colloquially referred to as donkeys) are both loved and hated by residents. But recently, a series of mysterious deaths has a caused a controversy within the community. People are pooling together their money to encourage those with information about whoever might responsible to come forward.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is investigating the incidents. But what are the potential legal repercussions for killing the animal?

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How Do 4-Way Stops Really Work?

As we approach peak summer festival season, one Marfa resident is out to learn the real rules of the busiest intersection in town  — the 4-way stop on San Antonio and Highland. And they’re not as simple as you might think.

Whether in flip flops or on wheels, Ben Shurley makes his way through the 4-way stop on a daily basis. And he knows there’s a set of rules for how people are supposed to move through it. But he consistently notices how drivers tend to take matters into their own hands when they roll into the intersection. Often, it gets chaotic.

So he asked West Texas Wonders straight up: “How do 4-way stops work?”

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Those Rambling Road Trip Days of Summer

April may be the month in which Geoffrey Chaucer said folks longed to go on pilgrimage, but Jun, July, and August are the months Lonn’s Family always chose for Road Trips.

On this extra-summery edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn discusses some of his past favorite road trips, and how travelling on the open road has changed, but also stayed the same.


The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Tracing a History of Change, Innovation Among Texas’ Ancient Nomadic Peoples

From the Ice Age to the late 19th century, Native Americans had pursued nomadic ways of life in what’s now Texas for more than 12,000 years. It’s possible for a contemporary outsider to imagine those ways of life were timeless, … Continue reading

Nature Notes is broadcast Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:35 am and 4:45 pm
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Thu. Aug 30 Interview: Jim Bradbury On Eminent Domain, Its Future and Reform

On West Texas Talk this week we hear from Jim Bradbury, an eminent domain attorney, who represents Texas landowners.

In this episode, Bradbury discusses the often convoluted process of eminent domain, which gives power to the state of the federal government to take properties for public use. The law requires just compensation for the taking, but Bradbury says it’s often not enough.

“Eminent domain is an enormous issue,” says Bradbury. “Landowners are really being inundated by this process and being bewildered by it.”

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West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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State Commission Rejects Recommendation to Close 87 Driver’s License Offices Across Texas

On Wednesday, the Sunset Advisory Commission overwhelmingly rejected a recommendation intended for the 2019 legislature. The proposal would have called for the closure of 87 driver’s license offices across the state that the Department of Public Safety considers quote “inefficient.”

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