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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.

Odessa’s Vaccination Hub Pulls Back On Expanding Vaccination Roll Out After State Officials Step In

Earlier this month, Odessa health officials announced they would extend vaccines to essential workers in industries like food service, energy, media and construction. But the move—which would have put the hospital ahead of Texas’ vaccination rollout—caught the attention of state … Continue reading

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Marfa Public Radio 2021 Continuing Coverage Murrow Submission: Renaming Midland’s Robert E. Lee High School

By Marfa Public Radio Staff Following demonstrations across the nation sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, thousands renewed the fight to change the name of Midland’s Robert E. Lee High School by signing an online petition. … Continue reading

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With Two Locations For Mass Vaccinations, How’s The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout In The Permian?

By Mitch Borden This week, Odessa’s Medical Center Hospital and Midland Memorial Hospital—the two largest healthcare facilities in the Permian Basin—began holding two large-scale vaccination clinics, which have seen a few thousand West Texans so far get coronavirus vaccines. Here’s … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Hospitals Gear Up For Mass COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Mitch Borden Both major hospitals in the Midland-Odessa area are beginning to receive thousands of doses of the COVID-19 vaccine each week. This positions the two cities to become the vaccination hubs not only for the Permian Basin but … Continue reading

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Midland-Odessa Hospitals Prepare to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines By The Thousands

By Mitch Borden In the coming days, the state is expected to send thousands of doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to Midland Memorial Hospital and Medical Center Hospital in Odessa as the two facilities prepare to administer vaccines on a … Continue reading

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Quiet & Loud: ‘Death Highway’ Slows Down

By Mitch Borden At the beginning of 2020, the oil industry in the Permian Basin was humming along without any idea that looming on the horizon was a historic oil bust. Months into last year, an eerie quiet—brought on in … Continue reading

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Midland Business Owner and Right-Wing Activist Arrested By FBI In Connection With Riot At U.S. Capitol

By Mitch Borden  A week after she swarmed the U.S. Capitol along with an insurrectionist mob, the FBI has arrested one-time Midland mayoral candidate and business owner Jenny Cudd.  Cudd, who posted a 25-minute video recounting the Jan. 6 riot … Continue reading

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Big Bend Frontline Workers Roll Up Sleeves For First Vaccine Doses

By Mitch Borden Healthcare and other frontline workers in the Big Bend region began receiving their first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last week. Preventative Care Health Services, which operates three clinics across the region, was given 400 doses that … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive In The Midland – Odessa Area As Hospital Numbers Decrease

By Mitch Borden In recent weeks West Texas has seen a drop in the number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19. At the same time, hospitals in the Midland-Odessa area have received doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and … Continue reading

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Odessa Hospitals Left Off The State’s List For First Wave Of Coronavirus Vaccines

By Mitch Borden The first wave of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed to hospitals across Texas beginning next week, but Odessa facilities won’t receive doses, despite shrinking hospital capacity and a high number of active cases.  The news came as … Continue reading

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