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.

In Midland-Odessa, Health Officials Urge Vaccinations As COVID-19 Cases Spike And The Delta Variant Spreads

Since the beginning of July, hospitals in Midland and Odessa have seen a fast uptick in COVID-19 cases. Currently, Midland-Odessa’s vaccination rate has plateaued with only around 37% of eligible residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and leaders are pleading with … Continue reading

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What’s in the new voting restriction legislation introduced in the Texas House and Senate

Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3 will be the starting points for the Legislature’s efforts to tighten Texas voting laws. Here’s what the bills would do.

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Former Legislative Leaders From Both Parties Oppose Abbott Veto Of Legislative Funding As State Defends Him

In a new court filing, the attorney general’s office said the governor properly used his veto power when he nixed funding for the Legislature in response to House Democrats walkout over a Republican priority bill on elections.

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Summer Mummers Returns To The Stage

Midland actors recently returned to the stage to perform a show that some say is at the heart of the West Texas city’s culture — Summer Mummers.  Hundreds are turning out after they had to stay home last year to … Continue reading

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Midland County Facility For Young Migrants Set To Close By June 30

Since mid-March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has housed hundreds of young migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border at a facility just outside the City of Midland. Now, because of a drop in the number of migrant … Continue reading

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State To Offer COVID-19 Vaccines In Terlingua And Big Bend National Park

After several failed attempts, the Texas National Guard will head to Big Bend National Park and Terlingua this week to administer hundreds of COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Severe Thunderstorms Expected Across Permian Basin As Tornado Watch Issued

Thunderstorms, along with other severe weather, are expected to hit the Midland – Odessa area along with much of the rest of the Permian Basin Monday evening through Tuesday morning.  The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until … Continue reading

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Midland Lee Rebels Get Make-Over As School Prepares To Change Name

Students at Robert E. Lee High School chose from four designs to replace their current mascot, a Confederate soldier. The move is part of the ongoing process to change Robert E. Lee High School to Legacy High.

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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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