Powering the Permian: Lowest oil and gas prices in Texas
PERMIAN BASIN (KMID/KPEJ) – Drivers in the Permian Basin are seeing some of the lowest gas prices in the state as oil prices continue to stay low. In Ector County and Howard counties, drivers are paying an average of $2.73 a gallon. While in Midland and Andrews counties, it’s a little more, sitting at $2.80 […]
A Texas politician wants to provide emergency services to constituents who don’t have them. Will they let him?
WEST ODESSA — Two brick houses stand beside each other on a remote street off the main highway. A statue of Jude the Apostle, the patron saint of hope and lost causes, stands guard in front of the compound. The houses are not mansions, but Jesús Sierra is proud...
ECISD working toward bringing Ector back into the fold
With Third Future charter school network having fulfilled its goal of turning Ector Middle School around, Ector County ISD plans to take it back into the fold July 1, 2024. Under Third Future, the campus is called Ector College Prep. As of July 1, 2024, every employee will be part of ECISD and follow its compensation system and school year. Ector College Prep’s year is longer.
Fill the Stocking
Some Odessa families know a happy holiday could be out reach this year but can get help through the Empty Stocking Fund. Simone, not her real name, is a single mom to a 9-year-old daughter. They do not get financial assistance but Simone cleans homes, sells tamales and does odd jobs to get by.
A man in Odessa, arrested by ECSO for 'multiple rapes' in July 2022, gets arrested for sexual assault
ODESSA, Texas — Court documents from Odessa Police obtained by NewsWest 9 reveal that Javier Martinez Arias has been charged with one count of sexual assault in relation to an investigation done by Ector County Sheriff's in July 2022. Arias was arrested and charged in July 2022 with three...
Mata looks forward to challenge of state appointment
Dec. 1—With her appointment to the Texas Early Learning Council, Ector County ISD's Director of Early Childhood Beatris Mata has taken on what she sees as the awesome responsibility of being a voice for public school education. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Mata, Jennifer Stockemer, and Meaghan Young to the...
OPD links another case to ECSO’s kidnapping, sexual assault suspect
ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- The Odessa Police Department has linked another sexual assault case to a suspect arrested by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office in July of 2022. On November 22, 2023, OPD charged Javier Martinez Arias with one count of Sexual Assault. That charge is in addition to multiple other charges filed against him last […]
Odessa man charged after 13-year-old makes outcry
ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ)- An Odessa man was arrested after investigators said a 13-year-old girl made an outcry in October. Brandon Lee Putty, 37, has been charged with Indecency with a Child; that’s in addition to multiple counts of Possession of Child Pornography and Inducing a Child to Perform Sex Acts, for which he was indicted […]
Carbon capture projects, incentives will be hot topics at CO2 Conference
CO2-enhanced oil recovery case studies will continue to be offered, but the CO2 Conference will also discuss the growing number of carbon capture projects and incentives
Empty Stocking Fund needs your help
Times are tough out there and Odessan Sandra and her family are no exception. Sandra is a single mom to a 10 and 3-year-old and is moving from place to place but working and looking to get her family settled. Odessa families are in need this holiday season and can...
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What happened to the American way?
I remember a day in the Ector County GOP when a qualified candidate desired to seek public office, all they needed to do was file with their County Chair, Elections office or the Party Secretary to get their name on the ballot for the office for which they wished to run. For some reason, the Ector County Republican Party has added a clause requiring the signatures of 10% of the Precinct Chairs on a petition in order for a potential candidate to get their name on the ballot for County Chair.
Health plan features changes
The Benefits and Risk Management Department at Ector County ISD tries to be proactive in keeping the district’s 4,200 employees healthy and keep costs reasonable. This year, though, costs are going up. During open enrollment, Benefits and Risk Management reviews trends with the Medical Plan Committee. Director Yolanda Gordon...
Powering the Permian: Cheapest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2020?
PERMIAN BASIN (KMID/KPEJ) – According to new energy information administration data, last week’s drop in gas demand and oil prices has pushed gas prices into their current sweet spot. Experts say that gas consumption is up this week as drivers hit the road for Turkey Day. “Fairly good time to hit the road. Gas prices […]
Empty Stocking begins today
Many in our community need help this year as a Merry Christmas meal and gifts for the kiddos are simply out of reach. Will you help the needy in Odessa have a merry Christmas?. The 29th year of the Empty Stocking Fund has a $100,000 goal to meet the needs in our community. The Fund helps families who are struggling to make ends meet. Many are single moms and grandmothers trying to raise family in tough economic times. Funds donated to the Empty Stocking stay in Ector County and help local families like that of Claire.
Health plan features changes [Odessa American, Texas]
Nov. 23—The Benefits and Risk Management Department at Ector County ISD tries to be proactive in keeping the district's 4,200 employees healthy and keep costs reasonable. This year, though, costs are going up. During open enrollment, Benefits and Risk Management reviews trends with the Medical Plan Committee. Director. Yolanda...
Murder charge against Reyos formally dismissed
The murder charge against James Reyos, who was exonerated last month in the 1981 death of a Catholic priest, has been dismissed. Court records released Sunday indicate Ector County District Court Denn Whalen dismissed the charge Nov. 7. On Oct. 4, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals declared Reyos innocent...
CBS7 Exclusive: Rep. Pfluger takes tour of West Odessa
ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - This morning, Congressman August Pfluger discussed the federal impact of the quality of life in West Odessa. That was one topic he discussed on a tour of West Odessa guided by Ector County Judge Dustin Fawcett and Commissioner Mike Gardner. This was the congressman’s first look...
Congressman August Pfluger holds town hall at Odessa College
ODESSA, Texas — Congressman August Pfluger held a town hall at Odessa College today. During the town hall, the Congressman focused on two main topics: the new House Speaker Mike Johnson and the wins for the Republican Majority, like border and energy security. “I love Ector County and Odessa...
Teenager accused of sexually assaulting 7-year-old
A 17-year-old Odessa resident was arrested Friday after being accused of raping a girl who just turned 7-years-old. According to an Ector County Sheriff’s Office report, the girl told a forensic interviewer on Nov. 13 Kevin Mendoza touched her inappropriately, forced her to perform oral sex on him and sodomized her despite her pleas for him to stop.