City of Odessa Officials Project Graduation Press Conference

Odessa, Texas/May 22, 2024-The City of Odessa, Odessa Police Department, ECISD Police and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office held the 2024 Project Graduation press conference. Odessa City Councilwoman Denise Swanner presented a check of 500 dollars to Permian High School and 500-dollar check to Odessa High. 

(Denise Swanner, City Councilwoman-At Large/Odessa City Council/Odessa, Texas) 

Odessa Crime Stoppers encourages anyone who is aware of parties with information on underage drinking to call the Odessa Crime Stopper tip line. 

(Susan Rogers, Executive Director-Odessa Crime Stoppers/Odessa, Texas) 

Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free all-night party. Graduates who attend enjoy a wide selection of food and snacks and will be eligible for prizes throughout the night. The event will begin May 25 from 11pm to 6am at the Odessa College Sports Center. 

(Sara Hinshaw, Program Director-Midessa Community Alliance/Odessa, Texas) 

(Michael Gereke, Chief of Police-Odessa Police Department/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 


Special Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Officially Open the Yukon Road & Loop 338 Interchange

Odessa, Texas/April 28, 2024-On Friday April 26th, representatives with the Texas Department of Transportation, Odessa District and State Representative, District 81, Brooks Landgraf, along with Odessa Mayor Javier Joven, Odessa City Councilman, District 1 Mark Matta, Councilwoman At-Large Denise Swanner and Councilman, District 2 Steve Thompson joined the Odessa Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for a special ribbon cutting ceremony to official open Yukon and East Loop 338 Overpass. Yukon and East Loop 338 will allow for motorists and commercial traffic to travel safely.  

(Brooks Landgraf, State Representative, District 81-Texas) 

The City of Odessa invested funds through the Odessa Development Corporation towards the Yukon/East Loop 338 project for future economic development in Northeast Odessa and key areas along the Loop. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

TxDot in partnership with Odessa, Ector County the City of Midland and Midland County, through the Permian Basin Metropolitan Planning Organization recognized that Yukon and East Loop 338 was a major priority area. 

(Eric Lykins, District Engineer-Texas Department of Transportation, Odessa District/Odessa, Texas) 

The total cost of the Yukon/Loop 338 interchange was 20 million dollars. TxDot will clean up and touchups and remove safety signs. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 


City of Odessa Holds Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Sherwood Park

Odessa, Texas/March 30, 2024-The City of Odessa hosted the Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning at Sherwood Park. Families visited vendors, food trucks and local Hispanic radio stations, getting candy and other goodies, while enjoying the spring weather. 

(Max Reyes, Director-Parks and Recreation /Odessa, Texas) 

Kids enjoyed coloring inside the big tent and took pictures with several mascots; Mom’s and Dad’s waited in line to take a picture with the Easter Bunny. 

(Max Reyes, Director-Parks and Recreation /Odessa, Texas) 

The City of Odessa passed an ordinance a while back, enforcing Sherwood Park as an open space and available to everyone. Parents and kids were flying kites and cooking out.  

(Max Reyes, Director-Parks and Recreation /Odessa, Texas) 

The city of Odessa hopes to add more games, fun events and other entertainment at next year’s Easter Egg Hunt. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 

City of Odessa Ends Funding to Downtown Odessa, Inc-Returns as an Independent Nonprofit Corporation

Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-Odessa, Texas/March 18, 2024-During a recent meeting of the Odessa City Council, City Manager John Beckmeyer presented a resolution to the council to cut the funding and support to Downtown Odessa, Inc. and removing the organization from the City of Odessa. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Downtown Odessa, Inc was originally called Main Street Odessa, a non-profit Corporation that presented 

events downtown that included the summer bash 4th of July center piece Firecracker Fandango. The organization is currently located inside Municiple Plaza. A previous Odessa City Council Administration brought the non-profit corporation to the City of Odessa as a department. It is unknown if Downtown Odessa, Inc., will be able to remain at Municiple Plaza. 

(John Beckmeyer, City Manager-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Several longtime Odessa residents that included a Downtown Odessa, Inc Board 

member and a Downtown Odessa business owner voiced their support of Downtown Odessa, Inc as a City department. 


(Business Owner) 

(Board Member) 

There is a Task Force made up of several City of Odessa department heads that include the Communications Director are now looking at unessential programs within the Odessa Police Department. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera 




Medical Center Health System Diabetes Clinic for Sub Low Income Residents

Odessa, Texas/January 5, 2024-Medical Center Health System, The City of Odessa and Texas Tech Health Science Center Permian Basin recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the MCH Center for Primary Care located on East 42nd Street in Odessa. The Clinic will provide Diabetes information and treatment for sub low-income residents within the 19 counties Medical Center Hospital serves. 

(Russell Tippin, CEO/President-Medical Center Health System/Odessa, Texas) 

Mayor Javier Joven and the Odessa City Council provided $500,000 dollars in funding from ARPA Funds and challenges the business community and other entities help fund the Medical Center Hospital Foundation 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

Medical Center Hospital will provide the staffing, meds and clinic infrastructure. Texas Tech Health Science Center will provide the medical staff. 

(Rama Chemitidanti-Regional Chair, Internal Medicine-Director of Center of Excellence Diabetes and Endocrinology-Texas Tech Health Science Center/Permian Basin) 

The Diabetes MCH Clinic is scheduled to open towards the end of February, sooner if possible. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.  

Work for a Cause Not Applause Community Event-Praise and Worship Christmas Concert

Odessa, Texas/December 23, 2023-Mayor Javier Joven and the City of Odessa recently held an event called WORK FOR A CAUSE, NOT APPLAUSE. Residents came out to the former Hollywood Theatre location inside Music City Mall to meet Officers with the Odessa Police Department and Odessa Fire Rescue. Several non-profit and faith-based non-profit organizations were part of the event, providing information of community services offered. 

(Javier Joven, Mayor-City of Odessa, Texas) 

A praise and worship Christmas concert was also held near the Carousel area of Music City Mall. 

(Jake Sanchez, Musician-Event Organizer/Work for a Cause, Not Applause Event-Music City Mall/Odessa, Texas) 

Kids and families enjoyed hot coco and received freebees and goodies in celebration of the Christmas Season. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.