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Praying around the oil patch


Demand is high in the Permian Basin. Demand for oilfield hands. Demand for drivers. Demand for housing. Demand to staff restaurants, businesses and schools to keep up with the oil boom that’s brought in thousands to work and created wealth like no one has seen in decades. What’s been overlooked in the booms and busts of Midland/Odessa — until this ...

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Economist: Oil price drop to curb Odessa economic growth

economy in wood pieces

Odessa’s economy continued to grow through the third quarter of 2014, but that could come to a halt if oil prices remain in the $70 range for a few months, according to the most recent Odessa Economic Index. The study, prepared monthly for the Odessa Chamber of Commerce by Amarillo Economist Karr Ingham, gauges a number of factors in measuring ...

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Wanted: More Ward County water

City of Odessa officials said they want to increase the amount of water that can be captured from the Ward County well field, even offering to pick up the tab for the project if needed. Speaking at the quarterly Colorado River Municipal Water District board meeting, Odessa Mayor David Turner said he wanted to increase the amount of water the ...

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BRIEF: New company hiring Carlsbad drivers

wilbanks logo

Wilkbanks Energy Logistics, based in Artesia, is hiring for 30 new positions in the Carlsbad area. Wilbanks Energy is a logistics and rig mobilization company. “Wilbanks is expanding to meet the needs of our growing customer base, and we’re seeking top talent in search of long-term career opportunities to support our growth,” Chief Operations Officer Lance Wilbanks said in a ...

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Veterans group helps keep lights on and food on the table

The Golden Gate National Cemetery

Veterans Day is a time when more than 22 million Americans are honored for their service. Of that number, more than 1.5 million are in Texas, according to the governor’s office. While many veterans leave their service whole, thousands of others struggle with disabilities that no holiday can mask. This is where the organization Disabled American Veterans can help. When ...

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Cold front incoming

A beautiful snowy white setting after a winter snow. This country road, line with trees at the base of a hill is located in the Piney Woods of East Texas.

Shorts weather will take a short hiatus in the middle of this week as a cold front will drop temperatures as much as 40 degrees from Monday’s balmy weather, only to return to the 60s by the weekend. Meteorologist Andrew Arnold with the National Weather Service in Midland said the cold front that moved through Monday evening and this morning ...

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Loop 338 gets a makeover

construction signs

Loop 338, on the northeast side of Odessa between Yukon Road and Highway 385, is getting a $5.5 million facelift and gaining two additional lanes. Jones Brother Dirt & Paving Contractors Inc., the contractors assigned to the project, will begin moving dirt later this month.  On Monday, the company began setting up barricades.  The project will give Loop 338 two ...

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United Way campaign closing soon

Donated funds turn into real services that meet critical needs of many in Odessa. The United Way hosts a campaign annually to help support local non-profit organizations meet the growing needs Odessa. Last year the United Way met their monetary goal of $2.25 million and with only a few weeks remaining, the organization is slightly behind their total numbers from ...

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Hearst Energy Award: Lifetime Achievement: Sivalls continues family legacy of oilfield manufacturing

Dick Sivalls, president of Odessa-based Sivalls Inc., says he knew he’d live and work in the oil fields of the Permian Basin. He spent summers during college working in the Permian Basin oil fields. “I lived in a boarding house,” recalled the recipient of the 2014 Hearst Energy Award for Lifetime Achievement. Three generations of Sivalls have been in manufacturing ...

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Bodies found in apparent CO poisoning

smoke and CO detector

Two women were pronounced dead Wednesday morning after a reported gas leak led firefighters to find them. Medical Examiner Chief Investigator Chuck Moad said the bodies of 88-year-old Jimmi Lane and 66-year-old Sherrie Wilson have been sent to Tarrant County for autopsy. Assistant Fire Chief Sam Jordan said they responded to the 4908 Cordova Ave. house at about 8:03 a.m. ...

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