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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A pillar of sports reporting and commentary in the Borderland, Ray Sanchez died Wednesday at the age of 94.
The announcement of Sanchez’s passing was made by his son Vic via Ray’s Facebook Page, triggering an immediate outpouring of condolences for his family.
He loved many things during his life, most of all his wife of 75 years, Helen. He also loved his four children, Anita Henson, Victor, Daniel and David Sanchez, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Over the span of several decades, Sanchez wrote for the El Paso Herald Post, the El Paso Times, and – most recently – El Paso Inc, where he continued to provide his thoughts on the sports world.
A passionate fan of the Dallas Cowboys, UTEP and El Paso High, Sanchez carried that enthusiasm over to everything he wrote, weaving his humor and knowledge of the sports world into every page.
In addition to his sports columns, Sanchez authored several books, highlighting his love of sports and the Borderland.
His book on legendary UTEP coach Don Haskins – “The Bear Facts” – was a local best seller, and eventually led to another book about his championship team – “Basketball’s Biggest Upset” – which, in turn, lead to interest in the ’66 team and the movie that immortalized them.
Sanchez was also honored in 1978, when was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was honored by UTEP and awarded school’s Gold Nugget Award.
Family have not released any information on services for Sanchez.
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EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Eighty-three Catholic organizations have sent letters to the presidents of Mexico and the United States urging them to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The groups, including El Paso’s Hope Border Institute, are also calling on the U.S. to terminate the Title 42 public health rule that fast-tracks deportations of newly arrived migrants.
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – The U.S. government today returned to Mexico the first asylum-seekers since the Biden administration re-started the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols program this week.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers late Wednesday morning walked two males – a Colombian and a Nicaraguan – to the middle of the Stanton Street Bridge in El Paso and handed them over to officials with Mexico’s National Migration Institute.
EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Saying immigration has become the top security concern in Texas, state Land Commissioner George P. Bush kicked off his “Secure the Border” tour Tuesday in El Paso.
“We’re covering roughly 1,277 miles from El Paso to Brownsville highlighting the efforts of law enforcement and exposing the weakness, unwillingness of the federal government to do its job and support these individuals who keep watch every day and make sure we remain a country of laws,” Bush said.

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