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.

Odessa Increases Resources For Locals Concerned Over Coronavirus

By Mitch Borden As Permian Basin communities brace for the coronavirus to continue to spread, Odessa is taking steps to test more residents showing signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  The city and its hospitals are doing this by setting up … Continue reading

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Midland Sees The First COVID-19 Related Death As The Virus Spreads Across The Permian Basin

By Mitch Borden The first Midlander to be diagnosed with COVID-19 died on March 25 at Midland Memorial Hospital—only five days after testing positive for the coronavirus. The patient was a man in his sixties with no underlying health conditions, … Continue reading

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Midland Waits For Test Results As More Patients Are Being Monitored For COVID-19

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus spreads through Midland, residents aren’t getting tested fast enough, according to local health officials. So far, roughly 150 tests have been administered but Midland Memorial Hospital has only received the results of seven—one of … Continue reading

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After First Confirmed Case Of Coronavirus, Midland Officials Expand Response

By Mitch Borden A day after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Midland, leaders from across the community announced additional measures to fight the virus. Midlanders also got the clearest description to date on the current situation in … Continue reading

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Midland Officials Confirm First Case Of Coronavirus

By Mitch Borden Officials in Midland have confirmed the city’s first positive case of coronavirus—hours after another case was confirmed in Crane County. The patient diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is a man in his 60s. … Continue reading

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Watch Live: Basin PBS Coronavirus Roundtable

By Mitch Borden Basin PBS holds a live forum Thursday night between Midland and Odessa healthcare, education and government officials concerning preparation and response to the coronavirus crisis. Currently, no cases of the coronavirus that have been found in the … Continue reading

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With Schools Closing Due To Coronavirus, How One Midland Parent Is Making Do

By Mitch Borden In the Permian Basin, public and private schools have closed out of growing concern over coronavirus. In Midland, that meant Kristen Betton, a stay at home mom, had to quickly figure out how to keep her twin … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Official Give Updates Concerning Their Response To The Coronavirus

By Mitch Borden Leaders in the Midland and Odessa, the Permian Basin’s metro hubs, held two separate press conferences on Friday. The meetings outlined the precautions both communities are taking to prevent and respond to the coronavirus and the disease … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Oil Workers Face Possible Bust As Global Oil Markets Crash

By Mitch Borden In West Texas, the Permian Basin is home to America’s largest oil field, where just about everyone depends on the energy industry. But with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, world markets in flux, and Saudi Arabia … Continue reading

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Apache Gives Up On Alpine High Play After Losing Billions

By Mitch Borden Houston-based Apache Corporation is pulling out of a pocket of Far West Texas they had once hoped would be a lucrative opportunity. In 2016, the company struck oil at the base of the Davis Mountains in an … Continue reading

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