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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.

Border Patrol truck on banks of Rio Grande
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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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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.

Host Louie Saenz sits down with Ruli's International KItchen owner and chef Ruli Gonzalez to discuss the recovery of his and other restaurants after the pandemic.

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Host Kyle Alvarado welcomes guest Steven Mansfield to discuss "Queer Films" throughtout the decades and how the landscaped has changed in today's society.

Host Daniel Chacon welcomes Poet David Campos and Artist Maceo Montoya to discuss their new work, American Quasar, a visual-textual collaboration.

Juan Galceran creates contemporary art he calls “Textured Momentism” in which he projects video onto his paintings. He has a show titled “Mystic Bonds of Place and Time” on exhibit at the EPISD Stanton Gallery located at 1014 N. Stanton.

You can see his textured momentism works in person through July 19th, 2021. 

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