El Paso Prime Time

Saturdays at 1pm

El Paso Prime Time focuses on the diverse lifestyles, interests, and concerns of senior living.

John Balliew is the President & CEO of El Paso Water Utilities. He joins us to talk about the proposed 11% rate increase that will be put to a vote on January 13. Why do we need the increase, and how will it affect residential and commercial customers?  The Public Service Board will vote on the proposed increase on January 13, 8am, at 1154 Hawkins.

Christopher Moore is the author of “Secondhand Souls,” a book which picks up shortly after his previous bestseller, “A Dirty Job.”  Souls of the dead in San Francisco are mysteriously disappearing.  Where are they going and who took them?  He talks about the circumstances that influenced the book, and how he finds humor in horror.  

Author Karin Slaughter’s latest novel is “Pretty Girls.”  It’s a psychological thriller about the disappearance of a teenage girl and the possible connection to the murder of her sister’s husband a quarter century later.  Karin also talks about the organization “Save the Libraries,” and why we must help our local libraries in order to create a strong nationwide library system. 

Estela Reyes is the Director of Communications for Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, and she joins us to tell us about the 24th Navidad de La Fe Luminarias Event on Dec. 19 along El Paso’s Scenic Drive.  She takes us behind-the-scenes to tell us about the hard work La Fe staffers put into making this event possible every year.  She also explains why this event exemplifies the true meaning of Christmas by emphasizing the importance of family & friends, and helping the less fortunate in our community with monetary and nonperishable food contributions.

PROGRESS 321 is a local organization that aims to enable young professionals in El Paso age 40 and younger to improve the region's economy and quality of life.  Scott Adkins and Michael Guerra join us to talk about this exciting new organization. 

Guest host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes Jose Contreras, Vice President for International Relations for CANACO (Camara Nacional de Comercio, Servicio y Turismo), which is itself a chamber of commerce for Ciudad Juarez.  Richard and Jose discuss the unbreakable bond between El Paso and Cd. Juarez, and why stricter borders would only negatively affect both countries.  Plus, they talk about possible future collaborations between both Chambers, and ways Cd. Juarez is enticing visitors to come back to the city.  

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Tax Preparer Workshop

Audrey Marrufo-Hernandez of the El Paso Small Business Development Center, and tax consultant John Romero of Romero Consulting will discuss the upcoming Annual Filing Season Program for Tax Preparers.  This workshop will offer training to tax preparers who want to keep up to date with changes in tax laws, especially with health care laws.  Marrufo-Hernandez and Romero will also offer tips for new small business owners who will be filing for the first time, and will also discuss the differences between the various tax forms available.

Cynthia Copeland returns to the show to tell us about her latest book, Really Important Stuff My Kids Taught Me.  Copeland talks about what inspired the book, and why a good giggle every now and then is so important!  

Harry Bruntz is the Show Chair for the Mineral, Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show, taking placeDecember 4-6 at the El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama.  Bruntz tells us what we can expect at the show, including free jewelry & stone analysis.  

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is the host of “Tiny House Builders” on HGTV, and the author of the book “Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures.”  He joins us to talk about the environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and functional tiny homes which can range from a home-on-wheels to a tree house.

Henry Brutus is the CEO of the El Paso Diabetes Association, and he joins us to tell us about the advances in diabetes diagnosis, treatment, and medication, and about the support the organization offers to the community.  

 El Paso theater legend Hector Serrano and Alexander Wright join us to talk about The Mexican-American Experience, a 2-day event featuring three 1-act plays by Luis Valdez.   These bilingual works address the unique, and often uncomfortable, experience of straddling two cultures in the borderland.  Performances areNovember 13 & 14 at 7pm at the Chamizal National Memorial.  The featured plays are Soldado Razo, Los Vendidos, No Saco Nada de la Escuela

Rosalba Ruiz-Holguin is the Outreach Officer for the Binational Diabetes Committee with the Alliance for Border Collaboratives.  She joins us to tell us how El Paso will celebrate World Diabetes Day on Saturday, November 14.  Kids and their parents are invited to the El Paso Exploreum at 300 W. San Antonio to enjoy family friendly activities that will also teach them how to prevent Type II diabetes.  Wear blue at the event, taking place from 9am-noon.

Guest host Richard Dayoub, president & CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes ARMANDO AGUIRRE, executive director of Region 19 Education Service Center. Aguirre discusses the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, the dedication of students enrolled in early college classes in high school, and the efforts to expand dual credit courses to more high school students in El Paso.

Jay Duncan is a film scholar and collector, and the president of the Sunset Film Society.  He joins us to talk about the Classic Film Series that’s presented every Saturday at 2 p.m. at the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana, and about the monthly film series at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing.  

Guest host Richard Dayoub, CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes back former Mayor Joe Wardy to talk about the charter amendments which will be on the ballot on November 3rd.  The proposed amendments discussed on this program cover deleting the requirement that Council votes be done by roll call…the proposal that appointment of the City Attorney shall be made by City Council…the proposal that certain council actions be approved by resolution rather than ordinances, as stated by state law…the proposal that the start of the fiscal year for the City be changed from September 1 to October 1…and the proposal that the City adopt its budget in line with state law.

Guest host Richard Dayoub, CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, welcomes former Mayor Joe Wardy, who served on the Ad Hoc Charter Advisory Committee.  Wardy talks about some of the proposed amendments to the City Charter, which will be put to a vote on November 3.  Wardy talks about the amendment that would designate the Mayor as a non-voting member of Council, and he also clarifies the amendment that focuses on a ban on outside public employment by City Council members.  Another amendment would allow Council to meet at least every other week, instead of every week.  Wardy also explains why the municipal elections will be moved to November in 2018, and runoffos to December in 2018…and why he thought it was a bad idea to decline a pay raise for the mayor and city council. 

Part 1 of a 2-part interview.

Dennis Woo talks with Nellie Mendoza and Clemencia Prieto of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).  NAMI El Paso offers support for individuals suffering from mental illness, as well as their family and friends.  NAMI offers a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Host Dennis Woo welcomes Jessica Kludt and Jennifer Coulter, Texas Estate Planning and Elder Law attorneys with Townsend Allala & Associates.  They talk about the myths and facts of Medicare, including the differences between Medicare and Medicare Advantage.  They’ll also talk about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  And if you are a younger listener, Jessica & Jennifer explain why it’s crucial for you to enroll for health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Dennis Woo talks with author Kathleen Flinn, whose latest book is Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good.  Through this multi-generational memoir, Flinn shares the stories of the cooks, bootleggers, and bigamists in her family that shaped her into the person she is today. 

Guest host Richard Dayoub, President & CEO of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, talks with Xavier De La Torre, Superintendent of Ysleta Independent  School District. De La Torre gives us details on what the proposition covers, including reconstruction of Eastwood High School and Parkland Middle School, and new construction of 4 additional schools.  De La Torre explains that with the increase of Homestead Exemptions, the passage of the bond proposal would actually result in lower property taxes.

Dennis Woo welcomes Kathleen Bombach & Jaime Chavez, professors at El Paso Community College. EPCC will be hosting Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations that will feature a kickoff Sept 16 at the Rio Grande Campus…a Fall Fiesta with guest speakers and Chicano writers on Sept 23 at the Valle Verde campus…an event honoring area veterans on Oct 7 at the Transmountain Campus…and a Mentors Dinner honoring journalist Alfredo Corchado on Oct. 14 at the Academic Services Center on Viscount.  Most events are free. 

Dennis Woo welcomes author Katie Workman, whose latest cookbook “Dinner Solved!” offers 100 tasty recipes than can be tweaked and specialized according to YOUR tastes and needs.  Dennis and Katie talk about some of her recipes and the challenges some of us may face when cooking for picky eaters. 

Dennis Woo talks with Sonia Zavala, volunteer coordinator with Diana’s I Will Live Foundation, and ovarian cancer survivor Ceci Vallez.  Ovarian cancer is often misdiagnosed, and once it’s detected it can be frighteningly lethal.  Ceci shares her experiences battling and overcoming ovarian cancer, and Sonia tells us the story of the young cancer fighter Diana, for whom the Foundation is named.


Dennis Woo talks with Esther Zapata and Leo Gamboa of the UTEP student organization Miner Connection.  This organization has created an emergency pantry of food, school supplies, and toiletries for UTEP students, staff, and faculty who may be facing hunger and financial turmoil.  Donations are being accepted at the Student Engagement Leadership Center at Union West #106 & #112, and at the Student Government Association at Union East #304. 

This time, El Paso Prime Time's focus turns to UTEP students who come to classes every day during the semester in hunger, not just being hungry for knowledge, but hunger born of the inability to feed themselves while they come to class to try and succeed. Esther Zapata and Leo Gamboa are two UTEP students who spearheaded a campaign to open "Miner Connection." It is a pantry, where students may partake in non-perishable food items, and even some university class supplies needed to succeed at UTEP.

Dennis talks with area representatives from YWCA El Paso: Elke Cumming, Special Assistant to the CEO; Kathy Cox of the Transitional Living Center; and Layra Marivani, Marketing Manager.  They explain how Independence House and the Transitional Living Center work to better the lives of women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.  The Oct. 15 fundraiser, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, invites area men to get involved in raising awareness about sexualized violence.  Follow the event on Facebook for updates 

Dennis talks with Linda Velarde, executive director of Villa Maria, and Father Ron Gonzalez of Sacred Heart Church.  They join us to talk about the 8th “Under a Tuscan Sky” fundraising event for Villa Maria, a home for disadvantaged women and women in crisis.  The event is Aug. 25 at 6pm at the Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills.  Learn more at 

--El Paso Playhouse 2015

The much-acclaimed two-act play, "Steel Magnolias," continues through August 8, 2015, at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. This is the complete conversation for El Paso Prime Time, some of which made it on the show. It's the most spirited conversation we've had in a very long time; the players in the studio, in alphabetical order: Eurydice Saucedo, Kaya Smith and Amanda Vasquez.

  For ticket information, call 915-532-1317, or visit http://www.elpasoplayhouse.com/steel-magnolias.html 

In the first half of this episode, Dennis talks with John Fausett of the National Weather Service about our monsoon season and about his career as a meteorologist.  

In the second half of the program, Dennis interviews Rah Goddess, entrepreneurial soul coach and CEO of Move the Crowd, an academy which invites young people to use their work as a vehicle for personal growth and expression.