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.

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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Crane County Announces First Deaths Related To COVID-19

By Mitch Borden Crane County was one of the first West Texas communities to see a confirmed case of the coronavirus, but for weeks the community’s growth in cases was stagnant as only two residents were confirmed to have COVID-19. … Continue reading

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After Initially Refusing, City Of Midland Releases Footage Of Tye Anders’ Arrest

By Mitch Borden Newly-released police footage shows the moments leading to the arrest of Tye Anders, a 21-year-old black man, whose case has sparked criticism of the Midland Police Department. Bystander video of the May 16 arrest showed officers pointing … Continue reading

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Video Of Arrest Raises Questions Around How Midland Police Treat Minorities

By Mitch Borden A video that recently surfaced online is raising questions about how the City of Midland polices people of color. Cell phone footage from May 16 shows multiple Midland Police Officers pointing their weapons at Tye Anders, a … Continue reading

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