UPTB ranked in online affordability

first_img Local NewsEducation UPTB ranked in online affordability 2018 Education Year in Review logo wide.jpg WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook By admin – January 24, 2018 Home Local News Education UPTB ranked in online affordability The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked 25th among the most affordable colleges for online programs for 2018, according to the SR Education Group.The 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges rankings emphasize value by providing lists of schools offering online programs that are high quality, affordable and based in value rather than prestige alone, an email from SR said.This year, SR Education Group in Kirkland, Washington, manually researched more than 1,000 colleges to create four separate ranking lists that highlight the 25 most cost-effective online colleges by degree level and the overall most affordable.More Information Pinterest OCA top 2 were ESL students Twitter Registration set for engineering camp Twitter Noel earns award WhatsApp Previous articleJury deliberating stabbing caseNext articleTEXAS VIEW: Retirees health care plan funding needs a permanent fix admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Most Affordable Online Colleges. Virgin Coco MojitoSouthern Style Potato SaladHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay last_img read more

Author presentation

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp By admin – February 7, 2018 UTPB logo, USE THIS ONE WhatsApp Twitter J. Conrad Dunagan LibraryThe University of Texas of the Permian Basin has scheduled an author presentation series with Greg T. Anderson, author and inspirational speaker, at 6 p.m. Thursday at UTPB, J. Conrad Dunagan Library, Room 142.Anderson is the author of “The Power of Crap, Woman’s guide for Turning Trials into Triumph.”The event will include a question and answer session and book discussion.A chocolate feast will be included.The event is free and open to the public.For more information, call 432-552-2371. Author presentationcenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Why I voted to release the Nunes memoNext articleCelebrating black art and culture adminlast_img read more

PHS to host VASE competition

first_imgLocal News ECISD Division of Fine ArtsPermian High School will host the Regional VASE, or Visual Arts Scholastic Event, competition from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Thirteen schools from across Region 18 are participating with 491 student works of art to be judged and displayed, plus more than a dozen workshops like watercolor, name design, metal tooling, collage, a yarn wrapping area, and an art rocks collage.The art departments of Odessa College and UTPB are also involved. The mission of VASE is to recognize exemplary student achievement in the visual arts. Winners from this regional contest can advance to the State VASE. By admin – February 24, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp VASE logo Facebook PHS to host VASE competition Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Odessa High falls victim to Arlington Martin’s comeback in area playoff lossNext articleGOOD NEWS: Wildlife Society Meeting admin Pinterestlast_img read more

Celtic Faire and Highland Games

first_img Education Partnership of the Permian Basin logo wide.jpg WhatsApp By admin – March 10, 2018 Local News Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Celtic Faire and Highland Games Twitter Facebook Previous articleGUEST VIEW: Fab Lab Permian Basin is training the next-generation of workers for the jobs of the futureNext articleELDER: How many lives are saved by guns — and why don’t gun controllers care? admin Midland County HorseshoeThe Celtic Heritage Society of the Permian Basin has scheduled the Midland Scottish-Irish Faire and Highland Games from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Midland Horseshoe Pavilion, 2514 Arena Trail, Midland.last_img read more

Suspects sought after refrigerator theft

first_img Facebook Odessa police reported a theft of a refrigerator from the front of a business on March 11, and is seeking assistance in identifying suspects from surveillance video.A release stated the theft took place around 3 p.m. in the 300 block of South Texas Avenue, with suspects driving a white, older model Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra.The refrigerator is valued at $2,000. Local NewsCrime Suspects sought after refrigerator theft Facebook Home Local News Crime Suspects sought after refrigerator theft Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest By admin – March 20, 2018 center_img Refrigerator theft suspects Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Twitter Previous articleCity commits to closed-door meetings reformNext articleOPD seeks assistance after hit-and-run admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Police searching for man connected to hit and run Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends last_img read more

What is in a number?

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment Facebook population estimate .jpg Odessa isn’t a small city anymore. But the Odessa City Council acts like it when it comes to ethics filings that state law requires for politicians in cities of Odessa’s size.In Texas, council members of cities with a population of more than 100,000 must file personal financial statements, just like state officials do. These yearly filings show where officials earn their money and their employers.The disclosures provide a tool for voters to keep elected officials accountable by making it easier to connect the dots when elected officials’ personal interests conflict with their public duties. In addition to the elected officials, candidates, the city manager and the city attorney must file the forms too.But — even though Odessa is undoubtedly larger than 100,000 people — City Council members don’t file the personal financial statements. Their legal justification lies in out-of-date information from the last census in 2010.At the time, the official tally of Odessa’s population was 99,940. By only 60 people, that fell below the threshold that requires a more transparent government. And now, because state law relies on the federal count for population, cities like Odessa can use eight-year-old information to avoid the disclosures if they want to.“As a legal matter, the City of Odessa is not currently a beneficiary of or subject to laws that apply to a city over that size,” Interim City Attorney Gary Landers said.It doesn’t have to be that way. Nothing prevents Odessa’s City Council members from disclosing their financial interests, and the City Council has the power to declare a more accurate population for the city.“If that’s what’s required then I think we need to be transparent and do it,” Mayor David Turner said. Asked if the City Council should do it anyway, Turner said “I don’t know” and that he wanted to talk to the city attorney.It’s not unusual for city councils in Texas to officially declare their own population — It actually happened in Tyler when Landers was city attorney there.In Odessa, even city officials acknowledge thousands more residents today than what the 2010 census reflects. In the budget passed by the City Council for the fiscal year underway, city officials estimated a population of more than 124,000 people in the city limits. Similar population estimates exist all over the city’s website.“You would have a hard time finding a demographer who would tell you that you are not over 100,000,” State Demographer Lloyd Potter said.By January 2016, Potter’s office estimates more than 119,000 people lived in Odessa, slightly higher than the estimate of the U.S. Census Bureau using a slightly different methodology.Even though it’s not clear if the Odessa City Council will consider addressing its population, there would be clear advantages beyond greater transparency.One is a greater ability of officials to control the city’s borders. At 100,000 people, what’s known as Odessa’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, becomes bigger. The ETJ is land extending just beyond a city’s limits, allowing room to grow. The City can annex land in the area, where everything built has to conform to city zoning laws.For cities with fewer than 100,000 people, the ETJ extends out 3.5 miles. For cities with 100,000 or more, it becomes five miles.That could matter right now, as city officials seek to benefit from development just outside the city limits.“We are looking at that very issue in terms of: Is this an opportunity for us to begin to look at other areas of the community — north, east, south and west — where the city can do additional annexation up to our ETJ and capture some of the development that’s currently occurring in some of those corridors,” Interim City Manager Michael Marrero said. “One prime example is the I-20 corridor. There’s a lot of development.”Landers, for his part, said he would bring the issue to the City Council “because we are so close now.” But Landers said it was beyond his role to recommend that the City Council declare a more accurate population for Odessa, which would also require the ethics disclosures.District 4 Councilman Mike Gardner said that regardless of whether the City Council is required to file the personal financial statements, Odessans have a right to know the sort of information they reveal.“I definitely think it is appropriate for the public to know where you work, where you live, and if you have multiple streams of income,” said Gardner, a manager at Permian Basin Energy Services.Not everyone shares that view. For months, District 1 Councilman Malcolm Hamilton sought to conceal his employer from the public, insisting it was none of anyone’s business.Before the Odessa American revealed in October that his employer was Sentry Wellhead Systems, an oilfield equipment and servicing company, the public had little way of knowing that. Or that in May 2017, Hamilton voted against public incentives for Weir Oil and Gas, a direct competitor of his employer.Cities like Odessa can set stricter ethics policies than what state law requires. And some do. But for now, the city also has no rule, ordinance or advisory regarding ethics of conflicts-of-interest requirements for Odessa City Council members and top appointees, Landers said.Today, Landers said he does not know where all of the elected officials work but the “primary responsibility” to disclose conflicts lies with them.In the meantime, there are still some ethics disclosures that City Council members must comply with. One is a conflicts disclosure statement that requires officials to report gifts and certain relationships with vendors doing business with the city.Of the current City Council members, District 3 Councilwoman Barbara Graff made such a disclosure in 2015 to report travel reimbursements for her role as a representative with the Texas Municipal League.Council members are also required to abstain from votes that would financially benefit them. If that happened, they would also have to file an affidavit explaining the conflict — such as a financial connection to a business or property.None of the current Council members have ever filed one of these forms, but that’s because none have had a conflict that required it, City Secretary Norma Grimaldo said.Council members have still abstained from votes that generally relate to their work. For example, District 2 Dewey Bryant and District 5 Councilman Filiberto Gonzales said they have abstained votes that had to do with their careers in banking and insurance so they could avoid the perception of a conflict, even though the matters did not directly relate to their companies.Turner said the city needs an “ethics ordinance or policy” and that he wanted to examine what other cities have done.But the law requiring politicians to file personal financial disclosures adds teeth to government accountability, with the possibility of criminal and civil penalties for officials’ who don’t comply with the law, said Ross Fischer, an Austin attorney and former chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission.“The public needs to feel confident that their elected officials are acting in the public interest and not in the officials’ own self interest,” Fischer said.The disclosures show who politicians owe money to. They reveal where they get their occupational income. They list the property they own — something the public could watch to see if council members are benefiting from votes to develop certain streets or neighborhoods. They document holdings like stocks, bonds and mutual funds.And they also apply to their spouses and dependent children.“There’s nothing to preclude the council from just saying we are going to adopt this and comply with it,” Fischer said.More Information Facebook Twitter What is in a number? Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Personal financial statement example (pdf link). WhatsApp By admin – April 17, 2018 Pinterest Previous articleOC professor designated ‘expert’ in his fieldNext articleFive things you need to know today, April 17 adminlast_img read more

Newly elected JP to be appointed ‘as soon as possible’

first_imgWalden said she was thrilled with her victory at an election party on Tuesday night following the election.“I’m ecstatic,” Walden said. “I definitely didn’t expect it to be such a wide margin.”Stringer said he congratulates Walden on her victory.“I congratulate her on a well-earned victory and I pray for the Lord’s guidance over her as she begins her service to our county,” Stringer said.One of the issues facing the office Walden will be appointed to is that it has been vacant since January, when former justice of the peace Christopher Clark was appointed to fill the vacant seat of County Court at Law No. 2.“I know right away I need to start taking care of the backlog in civil, so we’ll start working on that,” Walden said on what she would like to do first when she takes office.Currently, Senior Deputy Clerk Nicki Palmer said there are around 45 to 50 civil cases in the backlog of the Precinct 2 court that need to be addressed, and around five to 10 criminal cases.“Considering how long it’s been since January, I don’t think that the backlog is as bad as you would think, but there is gonna be some stuff that needs to be taken care of pretty quickly,” Walden said.Justices of the peace handle class C misdemeanor cases like traffic tickets and small civil claim cases with a jurisdictional limit of $10,000, such as landlord and tenant disputes. They also sign arrest warrants and certain search warrants, set bonds, sign protective orders and provide marriage licenses.Walden said she would also like to start working on making the court more paperless by uploading cases in her court to the online county portal, a database showing trial and citation information issued in Ector County. Previous articleLongtime coach’s career celebratedNext articleFive things you need to know today, May 24 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Missi Walden, right, and her daughter Miranda Walden react to reading the early voting results for the Ector County Justice of the Peace runoff election Wednesday evening at at the Ector County Annex Building. Missi Walden was winning the votes by 77.45 percent against Matthew Stringer in early voting. Pinterest Pinterest Miranda Walden, left, Missi Walden, center left, Shaman Ruiz, center right, and Elma Byrd react to reading the early voting results for the Ector County Justice of the Peace runoff election Wednesday evening at at the Ector County Annex Building. Missi Walden was winning the votes by 77.45 percent against Matthew Stringer in early voting. Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Facebook By admin – May 24, 2018 Miranda Walden, left, Missi Walden, center left, Shaman Ruiz, center right, and Elma Byrd react to reading the early voting results for the Ector County Justice of the Peace runoff election Wednesday evening at at the Ector County Annex Building. Missi Walden was winning the votes by 77.45 percent against Matthew Stringer in early voting. Home Local News Crime Newly elected JP to be appointed ‘as soon as possible’center_img Facebook 1 of 2 The day after Ector County voters elected Missi Walden to the justice of the peace seat in Precinct 2, County Judge Ron Eckert said he would like to appoint her to the position as soon as possible.As there is no Democratic challenger for the seat, county commissioners have the option of appointing Walden to the position before she begins her elected four-year term in January.Eckert said he would have to talk with the elections department to determine when commissioners would be able to legally appoint Walden. It is too late for her appointment to be placed on the agenda for the next commissioners’ court, scheduled for Tuesday, but Eckert said she would probably be appointed in June. Commissioners are scheduled to meet June 11 and June 25 that month.Walden won the election Tuesday night during the May runoff between her and Matthew Stringer, after the two received the majority of votes in the March primary featuring five other candidates. Nearly 75 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of Walden, pulling in 1,181 votes, while Stringer received 403 votes. Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends WhatsApp Local NewsCrime Newly elected JP to be appointed ‘as soon as possible’ WhatsApp Twitter Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Police searching for man connected to hit and run last_img read more

Drive-Thru Pantry

first_imgLocal News Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 2020 All-Permian Basin TeamNext articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Wink’s Brock Gibson earns Player of the Year honors Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Drive-Thru Pantrycenter_img Facebook Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 25, 2020 West Texas Food Bank logo 2015 The West Texas Food Bank has scheduled Holiday Drive-Thru Pantry from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates and locations. Dec. 29: WTFB, 1601 Westcliff Drive, Midland. Dec. 30: WTFB, 411 S Pagewood Ave. In January, the drive thru pantry hours will continue from 1 p.m. to 3 pm. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Odessa facility and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Midland facility. For more details, visit tinyurl.com/y85v4rb2. Pinterestlast_img read more

OC staying on its toes

first_imgSportsCollegeLocal NewsEducation Odessa College Logo Odessa College is virtual this week, but will resume face-to-face and hybrid classes Tuesday. The campus will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The decision was made because of increased travel and gatherings during the holidays. Vice President for Instruction Tramaine Anderson said when COVID-19 first hit in March 2020, all instruction was moved online and OC was prepared for it. Some students in Career and Technical Education were brought back because some of their learning was hands on. “We did all of our guidelines. We studied; we did our research with the guidelines so we were in practice of bringing back some students in smaller capacity, but doing online and small face-to-face (classes),” Anderson said. “In the fall, we did the same thing. Simultaneously, faculty was teaching here on campus. They had a … limited number of students in the classroom. And then other students would at that time, also be able to be taught online at the time of the course. So we had that split through the fall. But as you know, numbers increased. … We knew that people would be traveling, people would be gathering together and you know, really studying how the virus worked with super spreading and all of that aspect, we knew that we needed to have those times when we were virtual and we did that after the Thanksgiving holiday. We were completely virtual after the holiday all the way to the end of the semester,” Anderson said. She added that faculty was prepared, did their research and made their learning plans all the way out to the end of the fall semester. “… We knew after the winter break, through the new year, people would travel and all of that, but our first week of classes for the spring semester has been virtual. That’s what they’re on now. They’re in virtual learning with online courses. The second week, we’ll be doing the remote live the safe learning option. … That means that some students will come to campus one day; then the other day, they’ll be online. We are still going to continue to use that process that we did in the fall,” Anderson said. She added that there isn’t really a playbook for this. “We call it a pivot plan. … We have a COVID-19 Task Force, led by Jacqui Gore (executive director of advancement). … It’s made up of OC employees. We have had input from our staff, our faculty in the Allied Health areas, those that (have) boots on the ground that are teaching face-to-face,” Anderson said. She added that the facilities department has helped with safety protocols, cleaning supplies and sanitation. “… We’ve had all those folks on the task force that have helped us with making plans and making decisions on how we can bring students back safely; how we bring everyone back to campus safely,” she said. Director of Media Relations Cheri Dalton said as far as she knows most employees are back on campus. As far as switching learning environments from campus to hybrid or to remote, Anderson said she thinks OC has had a great campaign with everyone pitching in to communicate with students in all forms. Asked about upcoming semesters, Anderson said she has had conversations with other chief academic officers and vice presidents across Texas. “We’re already talking about fall ‘21 and what that’s going to look like,” Anderson said. “We’ve already begun to build our schedule for fall ‘21,” she said. A lot of people, Anderson said, are looking at vaccination rates. “… It’s like a domino effect. What happens on the state level, the national level, affects us at the local level. The good thing about it is we’re poised for anything that’s coming our way. We have plans,” Anderson added. She noted that OC and other colleges like to plan ahead, but things change daily with COVID-19. “… Especially for us in instruction, we plan our schedules in advance … We’re already thinking about spring 2022 because we have to plan our academic calendar. … But a part of our ethic, I would say, here at Odessa College is we’re going to thrive; we’re going to move through this process; we’re going to continue to keep going. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing.” Dalton noted that students have been kept informed on multiple levels. “You’ve got it coming in from advisors. You’ve got it coming from faculty members. You’ve got it going out in emails. You’ve got it going out with calls. You can’t just make one call and think they’re going to be informed,” Dalton said. She noted that students have a chance to ask questions. WhatsApp Pinterest OC staying on its toes Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 13, 2021 Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp TAGS  Pinterest Twitter Previous articleThe “big 7”: Top animals to spot in UgandaNext articlePermian ISDs receive $978 million in oil, gas property taxesCounties receive $334 million Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Winning numbers drawn in ‘All or Nothing Day’ game

first_imgLocal NewsState Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon’s drawing of the Texas Lottery’s “All or Nothing Day” game were: 01-02-07-09-10-11-13-19-20-21-23-24 (one, two, seven, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-three, twenty-four) By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Winning numbers drawn in ‘All or Nothing Day’ game Previous articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Day’ gameNext articleStrategy Analytics: Despite Pandemic, Global Consumer Electronics Revenues Rose 7% in 2020 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more