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Highway 115 Project Begins

Posted on February 7, 2019

By Paul Wedding pwedding@oaoa.com   A local sand mining company is funding a project that started Monday improving Highway 115 in Winkler County, the newest of many roadway improvement projects in the Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation. The project will involve adding auxiliary lanes, shoulders and a left turn lane in Winkler County […]

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Concho CEO: Permian Oil is Economic Engine to Fuel Vision of Future

Posted on February 7, 2019

The state of oil and gas in Midland is healthy, according to Tim Leach, who served as keynote speaker at the Midland Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of Oil & Gas luncheon. Leach, chairman and chief executive officer of Concho Resources, cited statistics indicating Permian Basin crude production is expected to climb from the current […]

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BAAS Degrees Starting at Odessa College

Posted on January 30, 2019

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com   After months of work, classes for Odessa College’s bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in leadership and management are underway. The second installment of automation will start in the fall. Two-year schools, such as Odessa College are allowed to offer four-year applied baccalaureate degrees under the provisions of Senate Bill […]

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Odessa a Destination for MOTRAN Vice President

Posted on January 30, 2019

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com   For Dustin Fawcett, Odessa was a destination. His mother, Robin Fawcett, director of human resources for secondary personnel at Ector County ISD, grew up here and his grandparents, Myron and M’Liss Schneider, worked for the district. His grandfather coached and taught at Nimitz Middle School and Permian High School. Fawcett said […]

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UTPB President Puts in Legislative Requests

Posted on January 30, 2019

By Ruth Campbell rcampbell@oaoa.com To help fulfill the University of Texas Permian Basin’s goals of increasing the number of degrees it awards, attracting and retaining faculty, staff and students and ramping up important programs, President Sandra Woodley recently met with the local legislative delegation in Austin to make her wish list known for this session of […]

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County Roadway Improvement Plans Take Shape

Posted on January 30, 2019

By Courtney Borchert cborchert@oaoa.com The Ector County Highways and Streets Department identified roadways in need of pavement improvement as part of the county’s proposed 2019 Road Project Plan. The department’s director, Evans Kessey, presented information to the Commissioners’ Court Dec. 20 that highlighted reconstruction and rehabilitation projects that include roadway widening and pavement upgrades. The majority […]

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Permian Basin Boom Unlikely to Slow Until Well Into 2019

Posted on January 30, 2019

It’s apparently going to take more than a 40 percent plunge in oil prices to slow down drilling activity in the United States. The number of rigs actively drilling for oil and gas jumped by nine from last week even with U.S. crude oil prices sitting at about $45 a barrel — way down from […]

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TxDOT gets $91 million in 2018

Posted on January 30, 2019

By Royal McGregor rmcgregor@oaoa.com Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Gene Powell knows the Odessa District can’t engineer away every incident. However, the public information officer for the Odessa District believes the additional funding received this year can help make the roads in West Texas safer. On Thursday, the TxDOT Odessa District announces it received more than […]

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Exxon Becomes Top Permian Driller to Combat Falling Oil Output

Posted on January 30, 2019

Exxon Mobil Corp. has overtaken rivals to become the most active driller in the Permian Basin, showing the urgency with which the world’s biggest oil company by market value is pursuing U.S. shale. After a slow start in the West Texas and New Mexico basin, Exxon is now operating more drilling rigs than Concho Resources Inc., which […]

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Odessa is one of the hardest working cities in the United States, according to a recent study

Posted on January 3, 2019

The hardest working people in America Hard work has always been part and parcel to the American Dream. Per the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States is ranked 14th among the major industrial nations for the number of annual hours worked—two ranks above the OECD average, ahead of Japan, the UK, Germany, and Australia. […]

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