Author Archives: Mitch Borden

About Mitch Borden

Mitch Borden is Marfa Public Radio's Permian Basin Reporter. If you have any questions about West Texas' energy industry or the Permian Basin email him at mitch@marfapublicradio.org.

In Midland And Odessa, City Leaders Take Two Different Approaches To Fighting The Coronavirus

By Mitch Borden Leaders in Midland and Odessa have faced a choice for months. The question, what actions should they take to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Since March, the coronavirus has infected thousands of residents of the two … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Health Officials Concerned Over COVID-19 Surge While Leaders Take Little Action

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Permian Basin, medical leaders are worried the region—without meaningful action or a drastic change in how residents are behaving—could become the state’s next covid hotspot. Since the beginning of … Continue reading

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A Close Race For Midland ISD’s School Board Just Got More Complicated After Voters Were Given The Wrong Ballots

By Mitch Borden Would-be voters in a tight school board race in Midland were given incorrect ballots on Election Day and were unable to vote, throwing the results of a close election into question. Voters who should have been able … Continue reading

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Five Races In Midland And Odessa Are Set To Be Decided By Runoff Elections

By Mitch Borden Front runners in three city council races in Odessa and two school board elections in Midland failed to the votes needed for them to claim total victory. Since candidates were unable to get over 50% of votes … Continue reading

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In Landslide, Republican August Pfluger Wins Bid To Represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District

By Mitch Borden San Angelo’s August Pfluger handily won the 11th Congressional District in the House of Representatives for the GOP on Tuesday. Preliminary results show he took 80% of the votes cast in the race to represent the vast … Continue reading

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Energy Tops Priorities For District 11’s Candidates, But That’s Just About Where Their Similarities End

By Mitch Borden  Republican August Pfluger and Democrat Jon Mark Hogg are vying for Texas D-11’s open seat in the House of Representatives, left vacant by longtime GOP congressman Mike Conaway. The district covers the Permian Basin hubs Midland and … Continue reading

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The Number Of COVID-19 Patients Surge At Midland – Odessa Hospitals As West Texas See A Spike In Coronvirus Cases

By Mitch Borden Hospitals in the Permian Basin hubs are facing a wave of coronavirus cases as more West Texans test positive for the virus. Health officials are even seeing patients from the panhandle and New Mexico fill local hospital … Continue reading

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Midland School Named For Confederate General Will Now Be Called Legacy High School

By Mitch Borden After a three-hour meeting Wednesday night, Midland Independent School District’s board of trustees voted to rename Robert E. Lee High School—which residents commonly refer to as Midland Lee—and now call it Legacy High School. 

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After Months Of Debate, A Decision Over Midland’s Robert E. Lee High School Looms

By Mitch Borden In Midland, the fight over Robert E. Lee High School could be resolved soon as district officials move closer to selecting a new name. The monthslong back-and-forth over what to rename the school began with an online … Continue reading

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Lubbock Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Selling Odessa Mass Shooter And Others Firearms

By Mitch Borden  The Lubbock man who illegally sold an AR-style rifle to the gunman who carried out a deadly attack in West Texas last year has pleaded guilty to illegally dealing firearms. Marcus Anthony Braziel admitted to federal authorities … Continue reading

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