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Sep 14, 2020

KTEP is currently conducting its 2021 Spring Pledge Drive.  Like so many other businesses, KTEP has also seen losses in some revenue streams but that has not deterred us from providing you with the best public radio has to offer.  As we like to say, “KTEP, Always There When You Need Us.”

A little over a year ago, our community along with the rest of nation experienced a disruption in our way of life due to the pandemic.  (click on headline to continue)

 


STATE OF THE ARTS - Toltec Tiki Room

The Toltec Tiki Room is a tropical tiki bar located in the heart of historic downtown El Paso. They offer guests the opportunity to escape to a tropical staycation while enjoying classic tiki cocktails paired with Polynesian bites and rum drinks that you may or may not remember.

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Sunday Mexico holds a massive mid-term election with voters casting ballots for every member of the lower branch of Congress, 15 governors and hundreds of mayors . The race for governor of border state Chihuahua is among the most hotly contested. Among the concerns: a concentration of power in one party, Mexico'spresident's party, and violence on the campaign trail. More than 30 candidates have been murdered since April.   KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports on what’s at stake.

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CIUDAD JUAREZ --Ana Castro sat with her two children on a curb just steps from the Paso del Norte Bridge in downtown Ciudad Juarez, considering her options and crushing debt.

“Truthfully, I’d like to try again,” said Castro, hours after she and her daughter, 12, and son, 9, were expelled by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing into the United States. “We’re already here and have a debt weighing on us.”

Memory Bear Ramos
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CIUDAD JUAREZ -- Every time Gina Ramos looks at her teddy bear, she remembers her father. The bear is a deep indigo color, made from one of her father’s shirts. “It’s a blue shirt I had given him on his birthday. His last birthday,” Ramos said.  Her 62 year-old father Jose Womhar Ramos Hernandez died in December.

Claudia Araceli Ramirez Pereira’s bear is blue and white plaid with a touch of brown, made from her father’s favorite winter jacket. “This year he didn’t get to wear it,” said Ramirez. Her father 70-year old father Lorenzo Ramirez died in October.

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PALOMAS, Mexico –  Jhon Jairo Ushca Alcoser, a 25-year-old migrant from Ecuador, said when he fell off the border wall, “my dream” of reaching the U.S. ended. 

 

  

Pedro Gomez, 37, of Guatemala was so determined after he injured himself toppling off the top of the fence, he “crawled on hands and knees” away from the structure because he couldn’t walk. 

 

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The Remains of COVID is a project inspired by the sudden death of Daniel Hernandez’ beloved mother Lucia. After she passed, he sat for days in his childhood home surrounded by her personal items.

The COVIDing of Lucia (condlences from…) is a small series of stark still lifes of the withering sympathy floral arrangements Hernandez received that capture love, life, decay, and death.

The Remains of COVID is collaborative effort and Hernandez is inviting those who have lost a loved one to share images.

The El Paso Museum of History is sharing virtual programming through the month of June celebrating Pride Month. Youth from toddlers to teens can learn more about LGBTQ+ history from the EPMH’s youth library’s recommended readings, discussing topics such as activism, gender identity, and more.

LGBTQ+ national and local histories will be shared through social media History Highlights. On June 28th, 2021, also known as Pride Day, EPMH will open the virtual exhibition Historias: Pride Edition, featuring oral histories from members of the El Paso LGBTQ+ community.

Jim Ward is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Sparta; he is also a co-founder of the post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, which he formed in 1994 when he was 17 years old.

Today, we’re here with Jim to talk about his solo full length album release titled “Daggers” which was released this week. 

Part 2 of our interview with Jim Ward, talking about his new album titled "Daggers."

Host Louie Saenz welcomes writer, editor and reseacher, Jess McHugh to discuss her new book, Americanon, which uncovers why other books might serve as blueprints for the molding of our common language, culture and customs. Now available.

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