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191 draws building despite downturn

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Construction crews are working on a new 24-hour emergency clinic and a Petco along Highway 191, the latest examples of how the oil and gas downturn has failed so far to blunt development along the rapidly growing thoroughfare. The two building projects are in the Chimney Rock retail hub, developed by the Fort Worth-based Woodmont Group. But they join a ...

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Pothole: the scourge of Market Street

A hole in the road on south Market Street in Odessa has become more of a pond than a pothole over the last seven years. News West 9 reports that the pothole, which covers the whole road, has been a frustrating obstacle for area motorists and nearby business owners. “It’s a pothole, but it’s more like a crater in the ...

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TxDOT approves $22.8 million in roadway improvements

The Texas Transportation Commission approved six projects worth $22.8 million for the 12-county Odessa District, including two funded by Proposition 1, according to a Monday release from the Texas Department of Transportation. The six projects approved from the July bid openings are: — A project to resurface approximately 2.5 miles of West Loop 338 from Kermit Highway going north was ...

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City Council allocates $3.8M

The Odessa City Council met for nearly half an hour behind closed doors Tuesday night using an exemption in open meetings law to discuss a “personnel matter” involving City Manager Richard Morton. But the nature of that discussion remains unclear, after council members took no action. Morton deferred questions about the discussion to the council, citing their executive session privilege ...

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Inspectorate opens Basin facility

A new oil and gas service facility opened in the Midland-Odessa area earlier this week. Inspectorate, a multinational inspection, sampling and testing services group, announced Tuesday that it will now provide services to the Permian Basin including sampling and gauging, terminal inventories, key point crude testing and water-draws. Inspectorate’s team is also trained and equipped to package and ship samples ...

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Low prices threaten to curb rising rig count

Permian Basin producers added another three rigs in the week ending Friday, according to the widely-watched Baker Hughes rig count. But observers met the ongoing uptick in drilling activity with concern that it might be short-lived, after another dip in oil prices in July threatened to erase the gains of the previous months. The latest build in Permian rigs left ...

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Candidates for judge scheduled to speak at forum


Four people are scheduled to speak at a forum Monday morning to tell local precinct chairs why they deserve the recommendation to Gov. Greg Abbott for his appointment to the new district court in Ector County. The four people — attorney Sara Kate Billingsley, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Christopher Clark, attorney John Cliff, and Title IV Judge Kathy ...

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Triple digits hitting the Basin

Chris Livesay, Kyle Foshee and Sierra DeVirgilio have a difficult time trying to beat the heat as lifeguards at Sherwood Aquatic Center in Odessa, especially as summer temperatures are climbing into the triple digits. “It is really hard sometimes,” Livesay said. “It really drains the energy right out of you.” DeVirgilio and Livesay have been lifeguards for the past two ...

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Council sets downtown tax incentive guidelines


The Odessa City Council approved tax incentive guidelines for properties surrounding the proposed downtown hotel and convention center on Tuesday in hopes of revitalizing the area. The guidelines will apply to properties within 1,000 feet of the hotel and convention center to be built at Texas Avenue and Fifth Street. In general, they would make it easier for developers to ...

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Police: Man brings AR15 to road rage fight

A man reportedly brandished an assault rifle and threatened to kill another man after a road rage incident in the 8900 block of Rainbow Drive. Daniel Paul Daquino, a 42-year-old Odessa man, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released Thursday from the Ector County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond. According to a ...

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