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Norma Martinez

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Norma Martinez is a native of El Paso and a veteran of public broadcasting. She began volunteering at the El Paso public radio station KTEP as a college student in 1989. She spent a year as a Morning Edition host and reporter at KRWG-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico, before returning to KTEP as a full-time employee in 1995. At KTEP, Norma served as Morning Edition host, chief announcer, Traffic Director, PSA Director, and host and producer of various local shows.

Norma also voiced numerous commercials and worked part-time as a DJ at country, adult contemporary, and classic rock stations in El Paso.

Norma is a 1993 graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso, earning a BA in Music Performance. She spent 23 years as a cellist with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and currently plays with the all-volunteer South Texas Symphonic Orchestra in San Antonio.

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This Week on Fronteras:


  • Tribal leaders and conservationists unite against President Trump’s proposed border wall.
  •  A Houston area family struggles three months after immigration officers deported the father.
  •  Breaking down language barriers teaching math.
  •  Bilingual “chat bots” text healthy tips to stop smoking and lose weight.
  •  A South Texas, barrio-friendly twist on NPR’s popular satire, A Prairie Home Companion.

Norma Martinez

Public radio fans are familiar with A Prairie Home Companion, the weekly variety show made popular by Garrison Keillor with skits, musical guests, and fake commercials.  It has a very Midwestern sensibility.  Now take that concept and give it a South Texas twist. That’s what you get with a ‘barrio-logically correct’ version that recently hit the stage in San Antonio.  

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This week on Fronteras: 


·         Another journalist is killed in Mexico. .


·         Mexico’s trade with the U.S. in electricity is booming.


·         President Trump’s revised travel ban fight may be headed to the nation’s highest court.


·         Houston looks to launch a major league rugby team next year.


·         Experiencing Cuba through the eyes of four university student guitarists who performed there.

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This week on Fronteras: 


·         Lawsuits fly after Texas Governor Greg Abbott signs the sanctuary cities law.


·         Border town of El Cenizo gains national attention in LULAC's sanctuary cities lawsuit.


·         How Arizona’s “show me your papers” law compares to one passed in Texas.


·         The threat of tighter border security is a big issue in the Mexico presidential election campaign.


·         Telling the stories of Hispanic immigrants succeeding as professionals in the U.S.  


Immigrants coming to the United States have diverse, personal stories to share about their life-changing travels, and those stories are often lost with time. 

Ana María González is an immigrant from Mexico. She is a language professor at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.   González began gathering the immigrant stories of her colleagues, and published them in 2013 in a bilingual anthology called “Déjame que te cuente,” “Let Me Tell You.”  She has since published two more volumes. 

TPR’s Norma Martinez had a chance to talk with Gonzalez about this ever-growing collection of stories, and about her own immigrant story.

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Two cases of rabies in feral cats were reported in New Braunfels in the last two months.  The animals were reported to animal control as exhibiting abnormal behavior, and were both picked up in an area that backs up to several thousand acres of open land.

Bryan Ruiz, Environmental Services Manager with the City of New Braunfels Planning & Community Development Department, says rabies has been detected in the wild animal population in New Braunfels...and that includes foxes, skunks, coyotes, and bats from Bracken Cave.  But so far not in any pets. 

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This week on Fronteras: 


·         Immigrants serving in the U.S. military are no longer being fast tracked to citizenship.


·         Gentrification threatens the homes of Latino and African American residents in  a long standing Dallas neighborhood.


·         Creating superheroes to fight issues in Native American communities.


·         A massive Arbol de la Vida will showcase stories about San Antonio’s missions.


Public art is often something you may find on a street corner or in a park.   But what makes it public?    Some San Antonio citizens are finding out as they help plan for a piece of public art that will be installed on one of the most historic stretches of their city.

On a sunny, humid April weekend, a group of about 40 community members gathers at Blue Star Contemporary, a San Antonio contemporary art space along the river.  Artist Margarita Cabrera asked them here to share stories of San Antonio, its missions, and its ranches.

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Heading to the Battle of Flowers Parade today or the Fiesta Flambeau Parade on Saturday?  Here are some closures you'll encounter. 

  There are many ways to get to all the Fiesta events downtown.  

There’s VIA Park and Ride, and free rides for first-time Uber users…but what if you decide to risk driving and parking downtown?  

If you’re expecting to take advantage of free Downtown Tuesday parking, you’re out of luck.  

John Jacks, director for Center City Development and Operations, explains.