KTEP Local

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 


OLLI PAREDES, 90 years young, was one of UTEP's first graduates from the Communication Department (when UTEP was still called Texas Western). He also spent several years at CBS, and makes music in his off time. Hear Olli's entertaining interview with Louie Saenz.

  Master Gardener Community College Class Outreach Program

Home gardeners can learn directly from Master Gardeners through the El Paso Community College (EPCC) Continuing Education Program.  Master Gardeners share their expertise in soil improvement, turf grass, vegetable gardening, native and adapted plants, xeriscaping, herb and container gardening and fertilizers and pesticides in this non-credit course offered on Saturdays.  Class information will be posted at http://txmg.org/elpaso/outreach2/epcc-class/ or you can check the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Class Schedule a few weeks before the start of each semester for details.

For online access, you may go to www.epcc.edu and follow links to the current semester’s Class Schedules: Continuing Education under the Catalog/Schedules link.

Registration Information

Home Gardening in El Paso

Class Day of Week: Saturday                Class Dates: September 12 to October 17
Class Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Course Tuition: $53.00
CRN Number: 17299                            Course Number: PIA 811
Credit: Non-credit Course                     Registration underway and ends September 11
Campus: Valle Verde (VV)                  Campus – Room B106

Continuing Education students are encouraged to register in person at the Administrative Services Center, 9050 Viscount, Building B – Room 220; Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) or at other EPCC campus locations (call 831-7737 for info).
Registration forms can be found in the EPCC Fall 2015 Schedule booklet or at the website below, where the form may be completed online before printing:


Sparky's Burgers in Hatch NM hosts the rockabilly roots band, the Phil Friendly Trio, Sunday, Aug. 30, 12:30-3:30pm. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phil-Friendly-Trio/202844022762

SOMOS is a project of the El Paso Community Foundation that funds mentoring and college scholarships for youth that are victims of violence in Ciudad Juarez.  A special fundraiser to benefit SOMOS takes place on August 15, 2015 at 3:30pm at the Foundation Room in downtown El Paso at 333, North Oregon. El Paso based KHOU News Border Bureau Chief Angela Kocherga, reporter Alfredo Corchado, and Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation talk about the project.

Every October, the streets of Downtown El Paso become canvasses for artists to display their chalk masterpieces at the Chalk the Block. Chalk the Block takes place from Friday, October 9 through Sunday October 11, 2015. Ben Fyffe of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department previews the event.

  With the summer heat, the last thing most of us are thinking about is gardening...but we are definitely ready for the fall to arrive!  And with the fall season comes an array of fall vegetables.  It's time to start planning for our fall veggie gardens, and Denise & Norma offer some helpful tips to get you on your way!

Aired Aug. 15, 2015.

Louie talks with Susan Sobin and Ian Wilson of the Osher Lifelong Institute (OLLI) at UTEP, about the classes being offered this Fall.  El Pasoans age 50+ are invited to sign up for learning opportunities that include arts & crafts, history, languages, music, religion, and physical activities. Classes begin Sept 8, and registration continues through Aug. 21. 

  Greg, Liz, and Tom talk with activist Will Tuttle, award-winning speaker, educator, and musician.  Tuttle is the author of THE WORLD PEACE DIET.  He explains why the concept of veganism and a compassionate diet dates back thousands of years, and why we need to reclaim the compassion for animals we have in our adult lives that we so willingly embraced as young children.  http://www.worldpeacediet.com/

The program closes with Curtis Mayfield's "Got to Have Peace."

Aired Aug. 9, 2015.

Jim Ward, lead singer of Sparta and Sleepercar and founding member of At The Drive In, will be performing his favorite punk rock covers as part of the Left of the Dial Series at Bowie Feathers on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 9:30p.m. Left of the dial is a monthly event at Bowie Feathers where local musicians cover punk rock songs or any songs that have inspired them in any way.

Hector Serrano, the creator of “Viva! El Paso,” will teach two courses on the history of theater this fall. It’s part of the adult education courses in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso. Classes begin Sept. 8 and registration is now open and runs through August. 21st.  Information is available at www.olliatutep.org.

The El Paso Exploreum invites the adults of El Paso to come play for an evening and express your inner child. Come play with their exhibits, dress up, be silly, win fabulous certificates, and bid on their widely varied selection of silent auction items. All of the proceeds go directly back into the non-profit Exploreum for exhibit development.  Laurie Paternoster talks about the Young at Heart fundraiser that takes place on August 13, 2015.

The Crossland Gallery presents their annual signature event, the Arts International Juried Award Show and Sale. This show is open to members and nonmembers and artists are eligible to win over $4000 in cash prizes. Artists are invited to submit up to three items and All of the Award Winners will be announced at the gala opening on Saturday, October 3rd.  Karla Zanelli, Director of the El Paso Arts Association; Lin Bentley Keeling, artist and winner of the Kistenmacher Award in 2014; and Stephanie Conwell, EPAA Treasurer and Board Member provide the details.

  Denise & Norma talk with Sabine Green, coordinator of the Floraculture Program at New Mexico State University.  Green is also a certified floral designer, and she brings her talents to El Paso on Aug. 20 for a Floral Jewelry workshop.  Participants will learn how to incorporate fresh flowers into necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry.  

The workshop us Aug. 20, 5:30-7pm, at the El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant Ave.  $10 includes all supplies, deadline to register is Aug. 19.  For information and to register, call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 915-771-2354.

Aired Aug. 8, 2015.

Facebook, El Paso Master Gardeners

8:30 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. – Patio Garden Talk

7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Master Gardener Information Booth and Produce Sales

  • August 8: Dividing Iris Rhizomes, Helen Abresch
  • August 15: Getting Roses Ready for Fall, speaker
  • August 22: Cactus and Succulents, Jan Petrzelka
  • August 29: Composting, Bev Clark
  • September 5: Fried Green Tomatoes, Jim Hastings

  Gardening 101” Workshop Series (2015) 

  • Held at: Multipurpose Center, 9031 Viscount Blvd.,
  • 4:00-5:30pm


  • FREE to the public, but you need to register, as space is limited
  • Offered to the community by a partnership between the City of El Paso Parks & Recreation Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  •  Workshops are taught by Extension Horticulturist and El Paso Master Gardeners
  •  Located at the Multipurpose Center (9031 Viscount Blvd.)
  • Primarily taught in a “classroom” format indoors, with possible on-site examples from the adjacent Vista Del Valle Community Garden.
  • Participants don’t need to bring anything but a pen & paper to take notes.
  • You can register one of three ways:
  •  ONLINE at: http://www.elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation Click on the “Register Online” button.
  • IN PERSON at the Multipurpose Center  
  • BY PHONE at 915/212-0092  
  • You may only register for one session at a time
  • August 28th Fall Gardening

  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting a workshop on Floral Jewelry with Sabine Green, a certified floral designer.  Participants will learn how to mix fresh flowers with repurposed jewelry to create wearable floral art.  The workshop is Thursday, August 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant.  The registration deadline is Wednesday, August 19.All supplies are included, but you are welcome to bring your own jewelry to repurpose.   more info: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 771-2354

Divide spring-flowering plants such as iris, Shasta daisy, gaillardia, cannas, daylilies, and liriope.

Pick dead blooms frequently to encourage your annuals to flower more abundantly.

Check trees to see if any limbs need pruning.  Although NOW IS NOT the time to prune, it would be a good idea to mark the limbs to be removed with flagging tape now, while leaves are still on the tree.  This will make it easier to know which limbs to prune during the dormant season.

SHFWire photo by Kristopher Rivera

Louie Saenz talks with Congressman Beto O’Rourke about the U.S. MEXICO SUMMIT taking place Aug. 6 & 7 on the UTEP campus.  The summit will feature keynote speakers and several hundred leaders from the public and private sectors in both countries talking about the potential impact of bipartisanship on the U.S.− Mexico relationship, and the complexities involved in fostering the development of an educated and dynamic U.S. − Mexico border. 

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 

Josh Cheuse/Courtesy of the artist

  NPR recently interviewed BUDDY GUY, whose new CD is BORN TO PLAY GUITAR.  Hear the interview here: http://www.npr.org/2015/08/03/427728963/buddy-guy-i-worry-about-the-future-of-blues-music

Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press, provide an update on their newest releases and changing trends in the publishing world. 

Part 2 of our interview with Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press.


  Denise & Norma talk with Rainwater Harvesting Specialist, Doc Stalker about rainwater harvesting.  You don't need to buy any expensive equipment to collect precious rainwater for your landscape.  Doc tells us about how we can take advantage of passive rainwater harvesting by channeling rainwater runoff to our trees, lawns, and raingardens.  Learn more at http://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/

Aired Aug. 1, 2015.

--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 

Anna Vayman, violin
  Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich:  Violin Concerto No. 1

Louie talks with Senior Associate Dean Beth Brunk-Chavez and Call Center Manager Raquel Salazar about the cutting-edge UTEP CONNECT initiative.  Students can earn an online Bachelors or Masters degrees, or Graduate Certificates in Criminal Justice, Nursing, Education, Business, and so much more.  



  Greg, Liz, and Tom welcome a trio of experts to explore how animal and agricultural practices in California are contributing to the drought there.  

Mike Hudak, formerly with the Sierra Club, explains how cattle-emitted methane is increasing the amounts of methane in our atmosphere.  Hudak also believes that the use of water to grow feed crops for cattle is unconstitutional.

Ara Marderosian, executive director of Sequoia ForestKeeper, talks about the wastefulness of the water used to irrigate almond crops, especially since tons of almond hulls are used as livestock feed.  

Todd Schuman, director of Wasteful Unreasonable Use, tells us how California's export of alfafa and hay is affecting climate change and contributing to drought.  


In a rebroadcast from Dec. 14, 2014,  Daniel talks with Azar Nafisi, bestselling author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran."  Her latest book is "The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books."  The three books referenced in this nonfiction work each describe the very American traits of nonconformity and individuality.  In this interview Nafisi explains why reading, writing, and imagination can unify and transport us - regardless of station, ethnicity, and income - to other worlds, and why this "republic of imagination" is made up of a community of readers.  http://azarnafisi.com/

Aired July 26, 2015.

Peter Svarzbein was born and raised on El Paso’s Westside and like many folks from El Paso, he left to obtain his college education and started his career outside of our city. Upon his return, Peter became a successful advocate for community development via the arts and is now City Representative for District 1.