DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(081321)-MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE-JUNE 2021 UPDATE
DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS(081321)-MIDLAND COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE-JUNE 2021 UPDATE
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Last Updated on Sep 18 2021, 7:53 pm CDT
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84 total COVID patients in-house
Med-Surg (Non Critical) – 55 COVID patients
Critical Care – 29 COVID patients (28 on ventilator)
Of the 28 COVID patients on ventilator – 5 are vaccinated, 23 are unvaccinated
Age ranges of COVID patients: 2 months – 92 years old
Patients from outside Ector County include 2 from Andrews, 1 from Crane, 1 from Gardendale, 1 from Hobbs, NM, 3 from Midland. The rest are from Odessa/Ector County.
Ector County ISD to hold second Welcome Walk to recover students
Saturday morning, September 17, Ector County ISD staff members will walk neighborhoods and reach out to
recover students who are identified as dropouts. The aptly named Welcome Walk is a chance to see these
students and families face-to-face in an effort to bring them back to school.
The Welcome Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a meeting at the ECISD Community Outreach Center at 301
E. Clements. From there, staff members will visit homes to emphasize the importance of, and help the
students make arrangements for returning to school.
Last year ECISD staff were able to visit 51 homes and recover 25 students.
Due to confidentially concerns, participants in the recovery walk must be school district employees, not
The City of Odessa, the University of Texas Permian Basin and the Ector County Health Department are
proud to announce a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
The clinic will begin September 21, 2021, and will be open Tuesdays – Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm, at the
UTPB soccer complex parking lot. A map is attached. Drivers are asked to not line up on the Hwy 191
st and 2nd shots will be offered. 3rd shots will be available for those who have passed the 8 month
threshold, unless a doctor’s note is provided. *Information on booster shots is subject to change in
accordance with CDC guidelines. *
The vaccination clinic is open to the public. 500 vaccines will be given each day. No appointment or preregistration is needed. Both Pfizer and Moderna will be availab
Ector County ISD students will have an early release from school on Wednesday, September 15, as school
district staff members will spend the afternoon in professional development and planning. This is the first of
five Early Release Days in the ECISD calendar for the 2021-22 school year.
It is important to note that three schools do not follow this Early Release schedule – Odessa Collegiate
Academy and OCTECHS, which are aligned with the Odessa College calendar and observe these days on
different dates; and Ector College Prep Academy, ECISD’s in-district charter partner which does not utilize
Early Release Days.
The dismissal times for Early Release are as follows. Buses will run their regular after-school routes based on
• Noel Elementary & Travis Elementary – 11:30 a.m.
• All other elementary campuses – 11:40 a.m.
• Carver EEC & Lamar EEC – 12:00 p.m.
• Odessa Collegiate Academy & OCTECHS – 12:20 (on Friday, September 17)
• Middle Schools – 12:50 (does not include Ector MS)
• Odessa High School – 1:35 p.m.
• New Tech Odessa & Permian High School – 1:40
ECISD’s academic calendars can be found at www.ectorcountyisd.org under the Calendar tab at the top of
September 10, 2021 — Midland ISD is seeking personnel to be a part of our new remote conferencing program. Remote conferencing will offer virtual learning for students who are unable to attend school on campus due to quarantine guidelines. This may include a temporary medical condition as defined by a doctor or having had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“Remote conferencing is a much needed option for those students who temporarily cannot attend school,” said Dr. Kregg Cuellar, Deputy Superintendent. “We’re looking for teachers and personnel who can navigate these unprecedented times and resonate with students via a virtual connection.”
Remote conferencing personnel do not need to be certified teachers. Interested community members are encouraged to apply here.
“What is required is a caring, attentive adult,” said Cuellar.
Quarantining students of all grades will be eligible to participate as a part of MISD’s focus on academic achievement.
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students will participate in two hours of live two-way instruction facilitated by a teacher, then work at their own pace using Google Classroom for an additional two hours.
Students in grades 6-12 will receive four hours of live two-way instruction, as well as additional assignments to complete at their own pace.
Students meeting the quarantine criteria may participate in remote conferencing for up to 20 instructional days throughout the course of the school year.
Students will need access to a computer, laptop, or tablet as well as internet access to participate in remote conferencing. Devices and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout from each student’s home campus.
Remote conferencing begins Sept. 13 for students who qualify.
The University of Texas Permian Basin is sad to announce the passing of former
University President, Dr. Duane Leach. Leach was president of UT Permian Basin from
1983-1991 but remained at the University until 2003 as the first Executive Director of
the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute and a history professor. He passed away on
September 3, 2021 at the age of 86.
“We are sad to learn of the passing of President Leach,” said UT Permian Basin
President, Dr. Sandra Woodley. “His vision and energy contributed to a solid foundation
for UTPB that continues to be part of our success today. He will be missed by the entire
During Leach’s tenure, the University become a four-year institution (previously UTPB
was just for upperclassmen), and the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification
(CEED) was established. In 2010, Leach was awarded emeritus status by UTPB.
For more than 40 years Leach served as a trustee for the The Caesar Kleberg Foundation
for Wildlife Conservation. Family members ask for donations to be made to the
conservation in his name for anyone interested. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, no
services are planned at this time.
AUSTIN — State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), who serves the people of Andrews County in the Texas House of Representatives, filed House Bill 7 to prevent the country’s high-level radioactive waste from being shipped into Texas and Andrews County. The Andrews County Commissioner’s Court voted unanimously on July 30th specifically opposing the storage of high-level radioactive waste in the county.
“This was a priority for my constituents in Andrews County and for the entire state of Texas,” Landgraf said. “I appreciate Governor Abbott for adding this issue to the agenda for the special session so that the state could take action before the NRC issues the license later this month. Thankfully, HB 7 received enough votes in the House and Senate to go into effect immediately, protecting Texas from becoming the storage site for the entire country’s high-level radioactive waste.”
The Biden Administration’s U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is poised to issue a license to compel the storage of high-level radioactive waste at a new facility in Andrews County as early as September 13, 2021. If the license is issued, high-level radioactive waste from decommissioned nuclear reactors from all over the country could be stored in West Texas for 40-years. House Bill 7 received more than two-thirds support in the House and Senate, allowing the bill to go into effect immediately upon signature by the governor.
House Bill 7 bans the storage and disposal of high-level radioactive waste anywhere within state lines. Importantly, however, House Bill 7 allows nuclear reactors in Texas to continue operating as normal, storing waste they generate on site. Additionally, the bill does not impact the low-level facility that currently and safely operates in Andrews County, and which generates millions of dollars for the county and state.
“My job is to represent the people of Andrews County, who clearly support the existing low-level facility, but oppose expansion to store high-level waste that is much more radioactive. That’s why I fought to pass HB 7 into law without being amended by anyone who didn’t have the best interests of Andrews at heart. In addition to the governor, I’m thankful to Speaker Dade Phelan, Senator Brian Birdwell, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for all they did to ensure House Bill 7 got done. And of course, nothing would have ever happened if it wasn’t for all of my amazing constituents in Andrews who spoke up and demanded action,” Landgraf concluded.
On August 7th, the Texas Legislature was convened by Governor Greg Abbott for a special legislative session. Special sessions in Texas can last for up to 30 days, and the legislature is only permitted to consider legislation related to items placed on the agenda by the governor. Legislation limiting the ability to store high-level radioactive materials was one of the items on the agenda. The House adjourned on September 2nd, bringing the special session to an end pending the governor’s call.
The Midland Police Department is excited to take part in National Night Out on October 5, 2021.
National Night Out promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. Join the Midland Police Department and host your very own block party that will help keep Midland a safe city. Citizens are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend an evening outside with neighbors. Neighbors knowing neighbors is one of the most effective ways to prevent crime. While the rest of the country celebrates National Night Out on the first Tuesday in August, Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October.
Citizens can register by visiting the Midland Police Department website (https://www.midlandtexas.gov/DocumentCenter/View/6093/NNO-Registration-Form-2021?bidId=) or Facebook page. Registration forms must be completed and turned in by Friday, September 24th at 5:00 p.m. Completed forms can be emailed to Jessica Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or brought in person to the MPD Community Relations Division at 600 N. Loraine, Midland, TX 79701.
For more information citizens can contact Jessica Rodriguez at 432-685-7582 or visit https://www.midlandtexas.gov/318/National-Night-Out.