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.

Big Bend Frontline Workers Roll Up Sleeves For First Vaccine Doses

By Mitch Borden Healthcare and other frontline workers in the Big Bend region began receiving their first doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last week. Preventative Care Health Services, which operates three clinics across the region, was given 400 doses that … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Vaccines Arrive In The Midland – Odessa Area As Hospital Numbers Decrease

By Mitch Borden In recent weeks West Texas has seen a drop in the number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19. At the same time, hospitals in the Midland-Odessa area have received doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and … Continue reading

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Odessa Hospitals Left Off The State’s List For First Wave Of Coronavirus Vaccines

By Mitch Borden The first wave of coronavirus vaccines will be distributed to hospitals across Texas beginning next week, but Odessa facilities won’t receive doses, despite shrinking hospital capacity and a high number of active cases.  The news came as … Continue reading

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Midlanders Take To Social Media Track Businesses Taking Coronavirus Precautions

By Mitch Borden Following the City of Midland’s continued refusal to instate or enforce a mask mandate or coronavirus restrictions, Heather Bredimus formed the Facebook group Masks in Midland to help direct locals to businesses taking coronavirus precautions. Now, in … Continue reading

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In Midland And Odessa, City Leaders Take Two Different Approaches To Fighting The Coronavirus

By Mitch Borden Leaders in Midland and Odessa have faced a choice for months. The question, what actions should they take to slow the spread of the COVID-19. Since March, the coronavirus has infected thousands of residents of the two … Continue reading

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Permian Basin Health Officials Concerned Over COVID-19 Surge While Leaders Take Little Action

By Mitch Borden As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the Permian Basin, medical leaders are worried the region—without meaningful action or a drastic change in how residents are behaving—could become the state’s next covid hotspot. Since the beginning of … Continue reading

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A Close Race For Midland ISD’s School Board Just Got More Complicated After Voters Were Given The Wrong Ballots

By Mitch Borden Would-be voters in a tight school board race in Midland were given incorrect ballots on Election Day and were unable to vote, throwing the results of a close election into question. Voters who should have been able … Continue reading

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Five Races In Midland And Odessa Are Set To Be Decided By Runoff Elections

By Mitch Borden Front runners in three city council races in Odessa and two school board elections in Midland failed to the votes needed for them to claim total victory. Since candidates were unable to get over 50% of votes … Continue reading

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In Landslide, Republican August Pfluger Wins Bid To Represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District

By Mitch Borden San Angelo’s August Pfluger handily won the 11th Congressional District in the House of Representatives for the GOP on Tuesday. Preliminary results show he took 80% of the votes cast in the race to represent the vast … Continue reading

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Energy Tops Priorities For District 11’s Candidates, But That’s Just About Where Their Similarities End

By Mitch Borden  Republican August Pfluger and Democrat Jon Mark Hogg are vying for Texas D-11’s open seat in the House of Representatives, left vacant by longtime GOP congressman Mike Conaway. The district covers the Permian Basin hubs Midland and … Continue reading

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