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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.

Demand For Vaccines Drops In Odessa And Now Officials Are Left To Figure Out How to Get More Shots In Arms

Texas health officials are working to get as many COVID-19 vaccines to willing residents as statewide demand slows and some vaccination rates plateau. In the Permian Basin, a similar story is playing out in Odessa, where one hospital is trying … Continue reading

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Midland And Odessa Mayors Talk About Their Priorities And The Future Of Their Cities

Midland Mayor Patrick Payton and Odessa Mayor Javier Joven on Thursday discussed the directions they’d like to see their communities head in the coming years. The event was sponsored by a young professional group connected to the conservative Texas Public … Continue reading

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After Burning For Several Days, South Rim Fire Grows To 860 Acres

Firefighters in Big Bend National Park continue to battle the South Rim Fire, which has burned through hundreds of acres since last week. The wildfire is currently burning in the Chisos Mountains and officials have closed campsites and trails in … Continue reading

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Midland County District Attorney Investigates Midland Migrant Shelter

District Attorney Laura Nodolf says her office, alongside the Sheriff’s Department, are looking into criminal allegations at a temporary migrant facility located in Midland County.  The federal government set up the emergency facility to house some of the migrant kids … Continue reading

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At Midland Migrant Facility, Officials Say Conditions Have Improved But Continue To Criticize Biden Administration

In the latest development at the Midland migrant facility, local officials along with Texas Senator John Cornyn toured the site. To date, the facility houses hundreds of unaccompanied teenage boys who recently arrived at the border and are waiting to … Continue reading

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“It is too difficult.”: Presidio Officials Call For More State Help To Vaccinate Residents

The City of Presidio saw its first state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic held on Thursday. Officials in the border community hope as more vaccines become available across the Big Bend region, more events like this will be held so the … Continue reading

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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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