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.

Update: Ashton Medical Lodge Outbreak Reaches 100 Coronavirus Cases

By Mitch Borden Over the last month, a Midland nursing home has transformed into a coronavirus hot spot, resulting in dozens of infections and leading to the death of almost 20 people. The outbreak at Ashton Medical Lodge is reminiscent … Continue reading

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Top Odessa Fire Department Official Suspended After Social Media Comments

By Mitch Borden The City of Odessa has suspended Assistant Fire/Rescue Chief Joey White. This action was taken due to comments written by White on Facebook earlier this week, calling for police to shoot protestors if provoked.  This situation comes … Continue reading

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Odessa Reflects On The First Anniversary Of The August 31st Mass Shooting

By Mitch Borden A year ago today, a man drove through Odessa, firing an assault-style rifle in an extended rampage that killed seven people and injured at least 25 others.  Now locals are left to wrestle with their memories of … Continue reading

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For Weeks Midland Nursing Home And Health Department Kept Quiet About Coronavirus Outbreak

By Mitch Borden For two weeks, as the coronavirus spread among residents and staff at a Midland nursing home, the city’s health department and the facility didn’t publicly acknowledge the outbreak. While the first reported coronavirus case at the facility … Continue reading

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Ector County ISD Staff Test Positive For COVID-19 Days Before Classes Start

By Mitch Borden For the first time since last spring, students rushed to make it to classes before the final bell rang at public schools scattered across Odessa on Wednesday. But this time around, hallways were bare since the pandemic … Continue reading

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Here’s How The Start Of The School Year Will Look Like In Midland-Odessa

By Mitch Borden Students, parents, and teachers are all preparing for the 2020-2021 school year as the first day of class quickly approaches. Whether class will be held in person, online, or a mix of the two depends on the … Continue reading

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As Debate Over Rober E. Lee High School Continues, Midland ISD Forms Committee To Rename It

By Mitch Borden Midland Independent School District’s board of trustees Thursday night moved forward with the criteria for renaming Robert E. Lee High School and appointed several representatives to the panel charged with the task. The move comes after the … Continue reading

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After 59 years, Midland ISD Agrees To Change The Name Of Robert E. Lee High

By Mitch Borden Midland school officials recently approved changing the name of the city’s famous Robert E. Lee High School, along with its freshman campus. This comes as school districts across the country reevaluate campuses named after Confederate leaders. The … Continue reading

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Presidio Officials Confirm County’s First COVID-19 Death

By Mitch Borden A 91-year-old man from the City of Presidio has died from the coronavirus while receiving treatment at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.  Hospital officials announced the death Friday afternoon saying the Big Bend resident died this morning … Continue reading

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In The Permian, Trump Touts His Record On Oil And Attacks Democrats

By Mitch Borden For the first time as President, Donald Trump visited Midland and Odessa, the two cities at the center of America’s most productive oil field — the Permian Basin. He had two goals in mind for the trip, … Continue reading

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