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Apr 3, 2020

In the past couple of weeks, KTEP has received calls and emails from you, our listeners, asking about our well-being and when the KTEP Spring On-Air Pledge Drive will take place.  First, I am deeply touched by your concern.  In consultation with the staff, I have made the decision to postpone our usual Spring On-Air Pledge Drive.  I cannot, in good conscience, place the health of our staff or the health of our volunteers in jeopardy.

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The Weekend: UTEP President Heather Wilson

On this edition of The Weekend, University of Texas at El Paso President Healther Wilson talks to KTEP's Angela Kocherga about plans for the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, including life on campus and the first football game. Dr. Wilson's first full academic year at the helm of UTEP began in August when El Paso was in mourning following the Walmart mass shooting, in the Spring the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to shut down and move to remote learning and then the protests...

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EL PASO -- Two eyewitness accounts of the deadly car crash in Downtown El Paso conflict with what law enforcement officials have said about the events prior to the accident that killed seven and left three with serious injuries.

Border Patrol officials have said agents initially pursued a vehicle believed to be transporting undocumented immigrants, but broke off the chase after it reached dangerously high speeds heading into Downtown El Paso. They said the driver who evaded agents bears sole responsibility for the deaths.

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The frantic phone calls came in a cluster. In less than 24 hours multiple women reached out to me from inside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in El Paso. They expressed a mix of emotions from fear to frustration to helplessness as they talked about a COVID-19 outbreak in the El Paso processing center.

An El Paso nurse is among more than 643,000 DACA recipients breathing a sigh of relief after the Supreme Court ruling allowing the program to continue. Josue Tayub, 36, is originally from the state of Yucatan in Mexico. He works in the intensive care unit at an El Paso hospital where he has cared for both victims of the Walmart mass shooting in August and now COVID-19 patients. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga talked to him about the Supreme Court decision on DACA that protects him and thousands of others in the program from deportation – for now.

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The El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra and El Paso Symphony Orchestra are pleased to present “MUSE” a week-long virtual summer music program.  

The camp is open to everyone, but is recommended for ages 10 and up.  The camp begins on Monday, July 13 and concludes on Friday, July 17.  Hours are from 9am to 5pm from the comfort of your home.

More information is available at https://www.epsyo.org/applyformuse/ 

In Plain Sight is a national public art intervention performance which will take place on the evening of July 4, 2020. It will use skytyping, to spell out artist generated messages designed to inform people about migrant detention centers in the US. 

The project happens in conjunction with Voteria, an initiative created by grassroots organizers on the frontlines of social justice.

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On this edition of The Weekend, University of Texas at El Paso President Healther Wilson talks to KTEP's Angela Kocherga about plans for the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, including life on campus and the first football game. Dr. Wilson's first full academic year at the helm of UTEP began in August when El Paso was in mourning following the Walmart mass shooting, in the Spring the COVID-19 pandemic forced universities to shut down and move to remote learning and then the protests demanding justice for George Floyd.  Dr.

Bill Helm is part of In*Situ, the local architecture firm that worked with the team that revitalized the historic Plaza Hotel. 

In this interview, he talks about the project and the challenges encountered in creating The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park.

Chef Andres Padilla is a celebrated chef and educator who has worked in several award-winning kitchens across the country for more than 15 years. He brings his masterful, regionally influenced mexican cuisine to Ambar restaurant located in the Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park in downtown El Paso. 

He hails from Chicago where he held several notable positions, including Culinary Director for Frontera restaurants, Chef Rick Bayless’ culinary group.

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