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.

Permian Basin Hospitals Concerned Over Limited Staffing As Coronavirus Case Counts Rise

By Mitch Borden Odessa’s largest hospital is closing its doors to nearby communities as the Permian Basin’s already limited healthcare infrastructure struggles to care for the growing number of COVID-19 patients in the region.  Midland and Odessa have seen over … Continue reading

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Odessa Announces Free COVID-19 Testing For The Month Of July

By Mitch Borden Odessa residents will be able to get tested for COVID-19 for free over the next month. Beginning on June 30th, the City of Odessa will set up mobile coronavirus testing units at parks and have the capacity … Continue reading

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Thousands Call For Midland’s Robert E. Lee High School To Be Renamed

By Mitch Borden Calls for a Midland high school to be renamed have resurfaced with a petition that has garnered over 5,000 signatures. Robert E. Lee High School was named after the Confederate Civil War General and was established in … Continue reading

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Midland Grand Jury Indicts Tye Anders With 3rd Degree Evading Arrest

By Mitch Borden Tye Anders has been formally charged with a felony a month after being pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. A Midland grand jury indicted Anders on Friday for evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a … Continue reading

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In the Permian Basin, Coronavirus Response Varies In Seriousness As Case Counts Rise

By Mitch Borden As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Permian Basin and across the state, the response from elected officials in the region’s two largest cities is markedly different.  Since last Thursday, Midland and Odessa have recorded 184 … Continue reading

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Review Of Midland Police Records Shows Blacks And Hispanics Are Pulled Over At Higher Rates Than White Drivers

By Mitch Borden The Midland Police Department pulled over black and Hispanic residents at consistently higher rates than whites between 2016 and 2019, a Marfa Public Radio review of police records has revealed. Midland PD has been in hot water … Continue reading

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Gun Rights Activists Protest Ector County’s Sheriff’s Arrests at West Odessa Bar

By Mitch Borden Over 100 armed protesters gathered at Big Daddy Zane’s, a bar in the unincorporated community of West Odessa, to challenge the arrests of six armed protestors made by the Ector County Sheriff’s Department in early May. The … Continue reading

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Gun Rights Activists Plan To Protest Recent Arrests In West Odessa

By Mitch Borden Second Amendment advocates are preparing to descend on West Odessa this Saturday to protest the arrests of six armed individuals in early-May at Big Daddy Zane’s, a West Odessa bar.

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Already Terrified By A Local Arrest Video, Midlanders Rally As National Protests Of Police Brutality Continue

By Mitch Borden As protests against police violence sparked by the death of George Floyd rage across the country, Midland residents were already questioning how local law enforcement treats people of color. More than two weeks ago, a cell phone … Continue reading

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City Of Midland Will Hold Community Forum To Discuss Policing After Tye Anders Arrest

By Mitch Borden The City of Midland is holding a community conversation on Thursday, May 28 from 6 to 8 pm at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to discuss the controversial arrest of Tye Anders. The young black … Continue reading

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