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.

Midland ISD names interim superintendent and begins search for district’s new leader

Midland Independent School District’s Board of Trustees accepted Superintendent Angelica Ramsey’s resignation early Tuesday morning as she departed Midland to accept a leadership position at Fort Worth ISD.

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Midland: Our City, Our Stories

“Midland: Our City, Our Stories” — a collaboration between Basin PBS and Marfa Public Radio — highlights the diverse stories and experiences of Midlanders. Along with the stories found here, Basin PBS is producing several documentaries that will air every … Continue reading

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Midland Christian officials sue the City of Midland over claims of police misconduct

In February, five staff members at the Midland private school were arrested for allegedly not reporting and concealing the sexual assault of a student. Now the five educators say police misrepresented facts during the investigation.

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With Payton passing on second term, three candidates contend to be Midland’s next mayor

After Midland’s current mayor Patrick Payton announced he wouldn’t seek reelection, the race for fall election was left wide open. Now, three candidates are set to compete for the city’s top position.

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Texas is facing its worst drought since 2011. Here’s what you need to know.

The drought will likely continue into the fall and winter.

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As droughts continues across the state, Texas ranchers try to keep up with rising prices

Despite recent rains in West Texas, much of the region and state remain under varying levels of drought. While this drought isn’t the worst in the state’s history – months with little to no rain has some cattle operations wondering … Continue reading

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Texas school ratings show improvement compared to 2019, but those in poorer neighborhoods still lag

This year’s TEA ratings were done differently than in previous years. Instead of the usual A-F ratings, which were last given in 2019, the agency gave only A-C ratings. Districts and schools that would have received a D or F … Continue reading

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Co-Founders of Pride Center West Texas reflect on finding a home in Odessa

Bryan and Clint Wilson moved to Odessa in 2020 with one goal in mind, to start a center that offered a safe space for LGBTQ youth and adults in the Permian Basin. 

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Judge dismisses efforts to remove Midland’s District Attorney

Earlier this month, a pair of attorneys representing a Midland resident attempted to begin the process of removing Midland County District Attorney Laura Nodolf from office. They made a number of accusations, including that Nodolf committed an illegal search during … Continue reading

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Under a cloud of scrutiny, Midland’s District Attorney faces calls for her removal

A recent court filing alleges Midland’s D.A. Laura Nodolf committed an illegal search and misled a grand jury during a 2019 murder investigation. The lawyers behind the filing say Nodolf should be suspended and removed from office for her actions.

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