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.

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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Ector County ISD Students And Parents Provided Learning Options For Upcoming Year

By Mitch Borden Ector County ISD administrators are preparing to welcome students back in just a few short weeks. The district is giving students and parents options on how kids will be educated in the upcoming school year, but says … Continue reading

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Morale Low At Midland Hospital As Public Criticism Intensifies

By Mitch Borden Midland healthcare workers are facing growing doubt from some members of the community, as more coronavirus patients flood the city’s only hospital and COVID-19 related deaths rise.  Officials at Midland Memorial Hospital have said they’re concerned about … Continue reading

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Owner Of BBQ Joint In The Oil Patch Says He’s Hanging On

By Mitch Borden The Permian Basin has been feeling the impact of low oil prices as the coronavirus pandemic persists. Recently, prices have stabilized around $40, compared to last year when the average price of a barrel was in the … Continue reading

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Midland Memorial Hospital Sets Up New Drive-Through Testing Site, Delivering Rapid Results

By Mitch Borden  Midland Memorial Hospital is opening up a second coronavirus testing site that will be operational Friday beginning at 9 am. The drive-through testing site will be located at the Coleman Family Clinic on the southeast side of … Continue reading

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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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