KTEP Local

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.  

The University Counseling Center at UTEP provides support for students who are looking for a career or struggling through a life crisis. The center also provides workshops, group counseling, and professional training.  Jorge Marquez, a licensed psychologist with the University Counseling Center, and Cecilia Holguin, a licensed clinical social worker, tell us more about the services available to the UTEP community. 

The 45th annual Las Artistas Art and Fine Craft Show has a new location—The Epic Railyard in downtown El Paso. With a wide variety of one of a kind art and functional crafts, this event is ideal for holiday shopping. Here to give us the scoop on what to expect are Pamela Sullivan and Laura Caballero.

Aired November 21, 2015

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the artwork of 22 JUNTOS artists. The exhibit runs through January 16, 2016 and here to talk about it is guest curator Diana Molina and JUNTOS artists Ilana Lapid and Miguel Valenzuela.

Aired November 21, 2015


  Looking for that perfect host/hostess gift for the holidays, or trying to liven up your own tablescape?  Denise & Norma talk about do-it-yourself terrariums in mason jars.

Plus...will it be a good poppy year?  

Denise also sings the praises of delphiniums.

And if you're looking for a nice citrus tree for your patio, Denise recommends one that's a Texas Superstar.

Aired Nov. 21, 2015

KTEP is currently off-the-air.  Construction taking place inside the KTEP studios has caused an outage that is affecting the programming coming out of our main control room.  We are working on resolving the problem and will return to air as soon as possible.

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.  

Ann Horak of the UTEP Religious Studies Program joins us to tell us more about the program, which offers students academic and interdisciplinary perspectives of the world's religions and how they impact human culture and history.  The Religious Studies Program is also inviting the public to its series of lectures on Religion & Culture.  The talk “Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom: The Intersecting Interests of Religious and Non-Religious Americans”  will take place Tuesday, November 17th, at 6 p.m., at the Rubin Center Auditorium on the UTEP campus.  

  Host Daniel Chacon is inspired by a line from one of Donald Hall's poems to reflect up0n living longer than his mother.  Daniel is in his early 50s, and his mother died at 48.

Aired Nov. 15, 2015.

Under the artistic direction of in2improv founders Sandra Paola and Dr. Chris Reyman, knee-jerk is an improvisation ensemble that brings together musicians/sounders and dancers/movers to explore how to best create together.

El Paso Pro-Musica in conjunction with Johns Hopkins and the Peabody Institute has formed the Young Artists Development Series designed to train and mold a new generation of performing artists through community engagement. Two doctoral students in performance from Peabody will spend five days in El Paso performing in Concerts and Educational Outreach throughout the region. Here to talk about the Young Artists Development Series is El Paso Pro-Musica Executive Director Felipa Solis. 

Aired November 14, 2015


  With autumn in the air, leaves are beginning to turn yellow, orange, and red...and are drifting off our trees into our (and our neighbors') yards.  Don't reach for that blower or rake - leave those leaves alone!  That yard litter is providing essential nutrients and protection for our landscape.   Plus...the more we know about the microclimates in our landscape, the better off we'll be preparing for the winter cold.

Read a related article here: http://www.gardeningwithtomleroy.com/leaving-leaves-in-your-landscape/

Aired Nov. 14, 2015.

  Isela Ocegueda, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School, and Bess Sirmon-Taylor, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, talk about the upcoming Graduate Research Expo, a mini-conference which offers UTEP graduate students the opportunity to present their research while further developing their professional and communicative skills.  It takes place Friday, November 13, 7:30am-7pm, at the Hilton Garden Inn at UTEP. 

Learn more at http://gradexpo.utep.edu/

Aired November 6, 2015.    

 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.

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  Allen Toussaint, New Orleans R&B legend, died Monday, November 9, shortly after a performance in Madrid.  Read this remembrance from NPR:


  Ruby Roth is a teacher and children's book author & illustrator.  Her recent books introduce young readers to a compassionate lifestyle, including "V is for Vegan," "Vegan is Love," and "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals."


Aired Nov. 8, 2015


  In the wake on the news that bacon and red meat can cause cancer, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center reports that plant-based ingredients serve as cancer fighters.  Ginger has been shown to kill ovarian cancer cells.  Read more at http://www.cancer.med.umich.edu/news/gingerovarian06.shtml.

One Green Planet reports that the Amazon rainforest is shrinking at such a rapid rate, that it is causing weather patterns to fluctuate, affecting animals and people in the region.  Much of the deforestation is related to soy production to feed livestock.  Read more at http://www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/meat-burgers-amazon-rainforest/

Wildlifenews.com reports on a Florida bear hunt meant to control "problem bears" that encroach on human land.  Humans are, in fact, to blame for drawing bears to their neighborhoods through negligence.  Read more at http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2015/10/26/florida-black-bear-hunt-represents-failure-of-wildlife-management/

Aired Nov. 8, 2015


  Hosts Daniel Chacon and Tim Hernandez, inspired by Randy Fertel's memoir "The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak," talk about what makes a good steak...and they think about how to subtly ask Randy for a gift certificate to Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Aired Nov 8, 2015

The Caldo Collective is an artist driven curatorial collective based in El Paso that initiates grassroots projects that generate opportunities for artists through direct support from the community. Through community fundraising events, professional development workshops, public discussions and multi-media public art projects, the Caldo Collective sparks critical dialogue that examines how artists can engage and ignite interest in art that shapes a bi-national and bi-cultural community. 

Aired November 7, 2015

Fresh off the success of The Fall of Wallace Winter as part of last year’s Jewel Box Series, The Border Theatre returns with The Lovely Rain. The story is an exploration of familial relationships and the lengths we will all go to in order to experience love. The Lovely Rain will be performed next weekend from Friday through Sunday. Playwright and founder of the Border Theatre, Austin Savage gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the production.

Aired November 7, 2015

The Advanced Animation team from Chapin High School is the only animation team from El Paso that has taken state and has gone on to place third in nationals, beating MIT prep. Advanced animation students Joshua Hernandez, Ivan Contreras, George Rojas and their teacher Craig Viesvart talk about their success. 

  Is it a good time to plant garlic?  Which side goes up?

What about daffodils?  Do they need to go in the ground now for their spring bloom?

And that 1970's throwback, the terrarium, is making a comeback!  Find out what you need to know to care for plants in a terrarium.

Aired Nov. 7, 2015.

Ruby Cerino, The Prospecter


   The Texas Community Forestry and Tree Care Awards are held during the annual Texas Tree Conference, organized by the Texas chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Texas A&M Forest Service urban forestry department.

2015 Award Winners:

The Gold Leaf Award–Landscape Improvement: THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

The University of Texas at El Paso is the 2015 Gold Leaf Award winner for their Campus Transformation Project. With the addition of 700 trees of 24 varieties, the project revives the natural arroyo terrain that once defined the center of campus before it was replaced with roads and parking lots. Planting a variety of drought-tolerant shade trees, environmentally sensitive shrubs, grasses and plants native to the Chihuahua desert will lower temperatures and help prevent heat exhaustion.

Arborist of the Year: OSCAR MESTAS, regional urban forester, Texas A&M Forest Service

This year’s Arborist of the Year, Oscar Mestas, is a regional urban forester with Texas A&M Forest Service in El Paso. A graduate of Stephen F. Austin University with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Oscar is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist, a Society of American Forester Certified Forester, and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Oscar served as editor for the Texas Chapter of ISA, founder of West Texas Urban Forestry Council, chairman of El Paso Tree Board and on the board of Keep El Paso Beautiful. Oscar exemplifies leadership, commitment, innovation, impact and sustainability in the world of trees and tree care.


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.

"Peppermint Patty" was one of KVOF's and KTEP's first female announcers in the late `60s and early `70s. Patty Lee and her husband Armand now make their home in New Orleans, and they join us to share their memories of UTEP "back in the day."

  Our Poetic License for this program is the original song "Girl," performed by local musician and UTEP Multi-Media Journalism student, Quetzani Montaño Sevilla.

Aired Nov. 1, 2015

  Inspired by guest Joshua Wolf Shenk's book on creative partnerships, host Tim Hernandez reflects on some of his past collaborations, including the "Cucuy" performance group he put together with some neighborhood buddies, to a later collaboration with Juan Felipe Herrera, who is currently serving as the U.S. Poet Laureat.  In Tim's words, he "sucks" at collaborations!

Aired Nov. 1, 2015.

In 10 years, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts has brought thought-provoking international contemporary art to the El Paso border community and has grown to be a nationally and internationally recognized center for contemporary art. The center will celebrate its 10th anniversary in November with a weekend of exhibitions, performances and conversations that will explore art and space at the border. 

There has never been a biennial exhibition like the Biennial 2015 El Paso Cd. Juárez before. The unique border parameters and special international collaborative nature of this particular contemporary biennial make it an unparalleled demonstration of the vitality of the artists of these two countries.