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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.

In Latest Turning Point, Judge Declares Midland ISD’s $569 Million Bond Failed

By Mitch Borden Midland Independent School District’s $569 million bond initiative, which would have built two new high schools, has officially failed. After nearly three months — filled with voter distrust, election results flipping multiple times, a hand recount, and … Continue reading

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No Gun Found — Midland High School’s Lockdown Ends With No Injuries And No Arrests

By Mitch Borden Just after 3:15 pm on Thursday, Midland Independent School District received a tip that a student at Midland High School had pulled out a gun and pointed it at another student. The school was completely locked down … Continue reading

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After Election Roller Coaster, Midland ISD’s $569M Bond Fails

By Mitch Borden Inside the Midland County Annex, volunteers huddled around two small tables to count hundreds of votes found in a missing ballot box with from the Nov. 5 Midland Independent School District election. By the end of Friday’s … Continue reading

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Midland’s New Mayor And City Councilmembers Officially Are Sworn Into Their New Positions

By Mitch Borden In Midland, a changing of the guard: Three new city leaders assumed their new roles Monday during a swearing-in ceremony. Marfa Public Radio  Mitch Borden reports, Midland now has a new Mayor and two new city councilmembers. 

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Judge Orders All Outstanding Votes In Midland ISD’s Bond Election To Be Counted

By Mitch Borden The outcome of Midland Independent School District’s $569 million bond is still up in the air after bungled election results and a box of missing ballots threw the fate of the initiative to build more schools into … Continue reading

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From Bungled Election Results To Over 800 Missing Votes, Missteps Cloud Midland ISD Bond Vote

By Mitch Borden It’s like nothing local officials have ever experienced. Election Day was more than six weeks ago, but Midlanders still aren’t sure if a $569 million school bond won voter approval.  Through a series of election missteps, the … Continue reading

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In Ongoing Bond Election Saga, Missing Ballot Box Reveals Hundreds Of Votes

By Mitch Borden The controversial $569 million bond election for Midland Independent School District has taken another turn as county election officials have opened a missing ballot box with more than 800 votes from the Nov. 5 election. The sealed … Continue reading

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Scientists Struggle To Gain Access To Land To Study The Region’s Source Of Ground Water

By Mitch Borden Concerns around water use in the Balmorhea area have increased in recent years as oil companies, like Houston-based Apache Corporation, have begun drilling near the area’s small farming communities. With the boost in activity, researchers have been … Continue reading

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John Love III Drops Out Of The 2020 Texas U.S. Senate Race

By Mitch Borden After announcing that he would run for the Democratic nomination to unseat Texas’s long-time Republican senator John Cornyn, Midland city councilman John Love the third has ended his campaign. 

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Texas Lawmakers Hold Hearing To Examine How To Collaborate With Internet Companies To Prevent Mass Violence

By Mitch Borden After two mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa took the lives of more than two dozen people in August, Texas lawmakers have been holding public hearings across the state — to listen to victims of those … Continue reading

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