A Scandanavian Viking Traveled to Texas to Do Storytime

Odessa, Texas/April 11, 2024-The Ector County Library Hosted Kid’s Storytime featuring Dr. Jan Gustafsson, associated professor of Latin American studies at the University of Copenhagen. The Kid’s Storytime event was sponsored by a grant provided by the TEGNA Foundation. 

(Howard Marks, Director-Ector County Library/Odessa, Texas) 

Professor and author, Jan Gustafsson talked about his experience and the enjoyment of reading at an early age. 

(Jan Gustafsson, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies/University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 

 The Latin American series is an activity organized every semester by The University of Texas Permian Basin. Authors are invited to the come to the Permian Basin to discuss issues affecting Latin America and the U.S.  


(Antonio Moreno, Professor-Latin American Literature and Cinema-University of the Texas Permian Basin/Odessa, Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Congressman August Pfluger Hosts Town Hall Featuring Chairman Jim Jordan at the Odessa Marriott & Conference Center

Odessa, Texas/April 4, 2024-Congressman August Pfluger, Texas 11th District hosted a Town Hall featuring Congressman Jim Jordon of Ohio 4th District on Wednesday, April 3rd at the Odessa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Congressman Pfluger and Chairman Jordan discussed their efforts to fight government corruption. 

(Kevin Sparks, Texas Senator-31st District/Texas) 

State Representatives and local officials were very pleased with the efforts of Congressman August Pfluger and Chaiman Jim Jordan in representing the needs of the citizens of West Texas and the Permian Basin. 

(Brooks Landgraf, Texas Representative-House District 81/Texas) 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

Judie Porras Celebrating Her Birthday with Family, Friends after Kidney Transplant Surgery

Odessa, Texas/July 3, 2024-Judie Porras, whose kidney was a perfect match for her husband Javier Aguirre who suffered from kidney failure, celebrated her birthday and a new view on life with family, friends and her colleagues at the Odessa Family YMCA. Judie’s mother praises the divine power for keeping her daughter safe during surgery and saving her son-in-law and giving Javier a new lease on life. 

(Agueda Bernal, Judie Porras’ Mother-Celebrating Her Daughter’s Birthday-Odessa Family YMCA) 

Judie’s Birthday is on March 14th, ironically on World Kidney Day celebrated a new life with her husband in fellowship with her closest family members. 

(Judie Porras, Donated Kidney to Husband Javier-Celebrating her Birthday) 

Judie is a beloved exercise trainer at the Odessa Family YMCA. Many of her female clients are inspired by her courage and spirituality.  

(Lubet Duarte, Judie Porras’ Exercise Training Client-Odessa Family YMCA) 

Her brother Jovanie Bernal is happy and grateful that his sister is having a speedy recovery and back at the Y training her clients and happy that his brother-in-law Javier to doing well and back at work. 

(Jovanie Bernal, Judie Porras’ Brother-Celebrating his Sister’s Birthday) 

If you would like to help Judie Porras and her husband Javier financially, the Odessa Family YMCA still has t-shirts available for purchase. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

BUYERS 2 ARENA Purchase the Pan American Ballroom


Odessa, Texas/March 30, 2024-The iconic Pan American Ballroom constructed in the mid-to late 60’s has been sold to a Mexico based sports/entertainment company with offices in Dallas. The now BUYER’S TO ARENA Sports Event Center will feature a variety of contact sports competitions as well as cultural events slated for late Spring and Summer. 

(Christian Montes, Representative-BUYERS 2 ARENA/Odessa, Texas) 

The Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Javier Joven and City Councilman Mark Matta, District 1 along with of GORILLA HEAVY HITTERS held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new sports venue in the southside of Odessa. 

(Mark Matta, Odessa City Councilman, District 1-City of Odessa/Texas) 

The chandelier at the former Pan American Ballroom was part of the mystique of an era gone by. 

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

If anyone is interested in acquiring the iconic Pan American Ballroom chandelier you can reach out to Buyers 2 Arena or the City of Odessa. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera. 

United Way and AT&T Deliver 50 Laptops to Students

Odessa, Texas/March 30, 2024-The United Way of Odessa recently hosted AT&T, Texas Senator Kevin Sparks and community partner agencies celebrating the distribution of refurbished laptops to students that do not have the resources to the much-needed laptops. 

(Katie Gambrel, Community Impact Director-United Way of Odessa/Odessa, Texas) 

(Christina Escobar, Executive Director-United Way of Odessa/Odessa, Texas) 

The State Legislature has budgeted funding for broadband and to allow nonprofit agencies to partner with companies like AT&T to provide technology and broadband services to students and the elderly. 

(Kevin Sparks, State Senator-District 31/Texas) 

AT&T provided the 50 refurbished laptops to several nonprofit agencies including the Boys and Girls Club, Catholic Charity Services as well as Odessa College. 

(Krista Guzman, Associate Director of Retail Sales/AT&T) 

Representatives with the United Way of Odessa are hopeful to continue this type of service in the near future to help with students and their academic careers. 

For DRB Media Communications Digital News, Danny Barrera.