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Early Voting Begins Today. 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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Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke, left, and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz participated in a debate Tuesday in San Antonio. MARJORIE KAMYS COTERA/BOB DAEMMRICH

WATCH: Cruz, O’Rourke Debate In San Antonio

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who trails Sen. Ted Cruz in the polls of a senate race that has garnered national attention, turned markedly more aggressive, while the two clashed on topics ranging from the judicial confirmation of Bret Kavanaugh and the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court to trade wars and border security Tuesday night in San Antonio.

WATCH | Rebroadcast of Cruz-O’Rourke debate in San Antonio

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A Health and Human Services-operated tent shelter housing migrant children in Tornillo, TX will remain open until at least the end of the year. (Courtesy HHS)

Tornillo’s “Tent City” Now Holds 1,500 Migrant Children

By Sally Beauvais

The children don’t go anywhere on the grounds unaccompanied. Boys sleep in groups of 20, in rows of insulated tents. In one, shelter Alpha 11, the tightly-made bunk beds are adorned with Halloween decorations. Nearby are shower trailers with hot running water, emergency medical services, and an on-site meteorologist.

Across the country, the government is running out of beds to shelter a record number of detained migrant children currently in its custody  over 13,000 as of October 2. That’s part of the reason kids are still living in tents in Tornillo, the small border town hosting what was supposed to be a temporary installation.

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Artist Boyd Elder, celebrating a pledge drive for Marfa Public Radio in April 2013 (Tom Michael / Marfa Public Radio).

Valentine’s Boyd Elder Has Died At Age 74

Legendary West Texas artist Boyd Elder has died.

His daughter, Shaula Elder, confirmed the 74-year-old’s death on Facebook Saturday night.

“The rumors are swirling about our father passing into the cosmos,” the post reads. “It breaks my heart to say it is true. He is stardust.”

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How Did West Texas Ranches Get SO BIG?

In Texas, 95 percent of the land is privately owned, much of it by ranchers. And if you drive out West, the swaths of private land holdings get even bigger. But how did these parcels of land get to be … Continue reading

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!

Adios, Columbus

With Columbus Day 2018 coming and going somewhat unnoticed this year, on this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explores the “discovery” of America by Columbus through the lens of Cherokee descendants in New Mexico.

The Rambling Boy is broadcast Mondays after the 10 am newscast and again after the 7 pm newscast.
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Thu. Oct 18 Interview: Laila Lalami

On this edition of West Texas Talk, Rachel Monroe sits down with current Lannan fellow, Laila Lalami.

Lalami, born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States, is the author of the novels Hope and Other Dangerous PursuitsSecret Son, as well as a regular columnist and contributor for The Nation and Los Angeles Times.

Lalami’s most recent work, The Moor’s Account, won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, was on the Man Booker Prize longlist, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.




West Texas Talk is broadcast each Thursday at 6:00 PM and each Friday at 9:00 PM.
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Beto O’Rourke Swings Harder At Ted Cruz In Second Debate

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, faced off for their second — and maybe final — debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.

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Sat. Oct 13 Interview: Remembering The Late Boyd Elder

On this episode, we remember the late Boyd Elder and celebrate his contributions to the station. Elder was known for his artwork, but became a well-known personality on the air by giving weather reports from Valentine, his home. Marfa Public Radio’s most recent collaboration with Elder was a t-shirt design featuring one of his iconic cow skulls.

This conversation is an archived Talk at Ten interview between former station general manager Tom Michael and Boyd Elder. It was recorded in 2010 when Elder was the featured ArtWalk artist.

They discuss the well-known Big Bend resident’s roots in Valentine, and his career as an artist.

Elder was known for his work with skulls, which appeared on the Eagles album covers One of These Nights, Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975), and The Very Best Of. (Jessica Lutz)


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

Sigismund Engelking was a prominent San Antonio lawyer in the 1920s and 30s around whom an entire cycle of stories developed.

On this edition of The Rambling Boy, Lonn explores some his favorite Engelking stories that he’s heard over the years.

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