DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021-DANNY DANBAR BARRERA
DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS-HAPPY NEW YEAR 2021-DANNY DANBAR BARRERA
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Last Updated on Dec 7 2021, 7:53 am CST
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39 total COVID patients in-house
Med-Surg (Non Critical) – 26 COVID patients
Critical Care – 13 COVID patients (12 on ventilator)
Of the 12 COVID patients on ventilator – 11 unvaccinated, 1 vaccinated
Age ranges of COVID patients: 5 years old – 88 years old
Patients from outside Ector County include 2 from Ft. Stockton, 1 from Hugo, OK, 1 from Kermit, 1 from Ladonia, 2 from Lovington, NM, 2 from Midland, 1 from Seminole.
The City of Midland Water Department Customer Service is relocating to a new address! The new location will be 1030 Andrews Highway, Suite 220 near Whitney Drive. This is in the Center Pointe building on the second floor located next to Wells Fargo Bank.
The Water Department will have a “soft opening” December 1, 2021, in which citizens will be able to begin using the new location. After December 6, 2021, the new location will be fully open, and citizens will not be able to set up new accounts and make changes to existing accounts at City Hall. The drive -thru at City Hall will remain open to pay water bills.
In addition to the new location and City Hall drive-thru, citizens will still be able to pay their water bill through the online portal and Mr. Payroll at participating Kent Kwik locations.
(Odessa, TX.) The Education Foundation of Odessa is excited to announce that they are the
recipients of a grant from the FMH Foundation in the amount of $550,000 that will go
towards the purchase of four new Steinway pianos for Odessa High School and Permian
“We are so grateful to the FMH Foundation for this extraordinary grant,” says Celeste
Potter, Education Foundation Director. “With these funds, our Fine Arts students will be able
to have innovative musical experiences that will open up doors to new possibilities.”
The Permian Basin has a rich history of excellent Fine Arts programs but unfortunately, many
of our ECISD facilities and equipment are several decades old. This grant will allow us to
provide Odessa High School and Permian High School with superior instruments for student
performances. These new pianos will equip each campus with the ability for distance
education with several colleges and universities through state-of-the-art technology that
provides opportunities for master classes, piano instruction, voice lessons, and guest
“The astounding generosity of the FMH Foundation continues to bless our
community. ECISD is incredibly grateful for receiving funding for 4 new Steinway Spririo
Pianos. These premier instruments will elevate the Fine Arts performances in ECISD for
decades to come. Since our venues host many region events, this donation will also
positively impact our entire region.” – Dr. Aaron Hawley, Director of Fine Arts ECISD.
MIDLAND COUNTY – Midland County Sheriff’s Office has partnered
with local non-profit organizations who wish to give back to our
community to hold a free, joyful event at the Horseshoe Arena.
Santa Claus, along with hot cocoa and a live nativity scene, will be
there. The event will also have arts and crafts until 6:30 pm.
At 7:00 pm, Inner Court and JK Dance Studio will perform their live,
BIGGEST, spectacular Christmas music production, and light show the
Permian Basin has ever seen to end your evening!
DECEMBER 18, 2021
TIME: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: HORSESHOE ARENA, 2514 ARENA TRAIL, MIDLAND,
The University of Texas Permian Basin was recently awarded a collaborative grant with The
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for $286,000. The funding comes from
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology (ONC). The grant is part of the Public Health Informatics &
Technology Workforce Development Program (PHIT). UT Permian Basin will receive $286,000
of UTHealth Houston’s $10 million grant to support public health informatics workforce
development, over four years, between October 2021 and September 2025.
The program aims to strengthen U.S. public health information technology (IT) efforts, improve
COVID-19 data collection, and increase representation of underrepresented communities within
the public health IT workforce. Educators from multiple institutions, including UTPB, will
collaborate to train students using an interdisciplinary approach in public health informatics and
technology. Students will also participate in sponsored internships with public health and clinical
“We are very excited to have been awarded the GET PHIT grant! This funding will promote
collaboration across six academic programs from three colleges, including College of Arts and
Sciences, College of Business, and College of Health Sciences and Human Performance,” said
Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Raj Dakshinamurthy.
“The grant programming will include advanced topic lecture courses, undergraduate and
graduate credentialing, certificate programs, standalone tracks, student recruitment, and
professional training opportunities.”
Students will also have opportunities to attend summer boot camps delivered face-to-face and
online, participate in modules integrated into the existing undergraduate curriculum, and earn
post-baccalaureate certificates and master’s degrees. In addition, the collaborative opportunities
will enhance the UTPB Career Services Center’s ability to provide sponsored internships in public
health and clinical organizations with UT-Health. The GET PHIT program will work with its many
public health, community, and other partners to ensure that UTPB students participate in
For the first time in several years, Midland College (MC) is once again offering an academic for credit transfer course at its Cogdell Learning Center. History 1301 begins January 19 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00-11:20 a.m. in Room 101. Students can register now for this spring semester class.
The MC Cogdell Learning Center, located at 201 W. Florida Avenue, exists because of the generosity of Bill Pace Cogdell, a local businessman who passed away in 1997. It is a hub in South Midland for English as a Second Language (ESL), U.S. citizenship and GED® preparatory classes. It is also an outreach center for people who live and work in southeast Midland to find out more about Midland College programs and college admission. In addition, MC’s Business & Economic Development Center is housed at Cogdell and the Diesel Technology Program classrooms and labs are situated across the street. It has been several years since MC has offered a college-level academic transfer course at the center.
“History 1301 is hopefully the first of many credit classes MC will begin to offer at Cogdell Learning Center,” Jennifer Myers, associate vice president of Workforce Education said. “MC wants to raise awareness of the Cogdell Learning Center in the community. We want to invite students who usually take classes on the main campus to visit the Cogdell Center, and we also want to offer the opportunity for our ESL and GED graduates to take a college course in a familiar space. We hope it will help them see college as an attainable goal.”
MC History professor, Dr. Jaime Águila will teach the class.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressional Moldova Caucus Co-Chairs, Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) and Congressman David Price (NC-04), introduced a resolution expressing support for Moldova’s democracy, independence, and territorial integrity and strengthening U.S.-Moldova relations. It is a critical time to reinforce this important relationship as Moldova works to bolster its young democracy, counter Russian influence, and chart its own path forward.
“As Russia continues to take antagonistic actions against our allies and partners, Moldova will play a valuable role in strengthening transatlantic security,” said Rep. Pfluger. “It is more imperative than ever to strengthen US-Moldova relations and cooperation to advance democratic values and support their ascension into Western institutions.”
“The Moldovan people spoke loudly at the ballot box, giving Moldova a mandate to implement crucial governance and economic reforms to strengthen its democracy,” said Rep. Price. “At this historic moment, it’s important for the United States to not only celebrate U.S.-Moldovan relations, but also support dialogue, cooperation, and engagement between our two countries.”