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The ArtFarm Could Use An Hour of Your Time

The ArtFarm is starting planting operations with 40 recently arrived fruit trees, plus herbs/vegetables (peppers, beets, tomatoes, rosemary, sage, basil, and cilantro) already started in the beds. Needed are volunteers willing to sign up to spend at most an hour of their time... — Updated 5/17/2018


Helicopter Crashes in Borrego Springs

A privately chartered helicopter crashed in the badlands, at the eastern end of Borrego Springs Monday April 30, the four passengers suffered minor injuries. The pilot made an emergency landing, after the engine stopped, and with... — Updated 5/15/2018


Kiwanis Cash Box Stolen

Who Would Do This? All the money in the cash box at the Kiwanis-International Borrego Springs’ grapefruit stand was taken, after being broken into April 18. According to Kiwanis president Brad Tidwell, when he went to close the stand for the day, he noticed that the door to the... — Updated 5/4/2018


Water Shortage Emergency Averted

A public meeting was held at the Borrego Water District April 25, widely viewed as a precursor event to the declaration of a “water shortage emergency.” The BWD Board decision was brought back from the brink of declaration after impassioned but logical public comments called... — Updated 5/4/2018


Series of Earthquskes Hit California

A series of five temblors struck California within 18 hours Tuesday, as three of them occurred near a small town of Cabazon, according to the United States Geological Survey. About 12 hours earlier, two more temblors hit. The first occurred around 5:39 p.m. Monday, hit a few... — Updated 5/8/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News 

Where Has All The Rainfall Gone?

You probably noticed we haven't had much rain in Borrego this season. In the 2016 – 17 season, we had nine inches of rain, 50 percent above our average six inches. In this, the 2017 – 18 season, measured at the State Park rain... — Updated 5/15/2018


Borrego Springs Fire District Receives $379K For Driveway

Thanks to a grant provided to the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District from the Alphonse A. Burnand Medical Education Foundation. The station's driveway is being replaced by the grant of $379,000. The current asphalt driveway... — Updated 5/15/2018


Borregan DACA Recipients Breathe Sigh of Relief

In a strongly worded decision on the fate of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. District judge John Bates castigated the Trump Administration for its “arbitrary and capricious” policy that would end the program and have a significant negative... — Updated 5/8/2018


Breaking – Plane Crashes in Ranchita, Brush Fire Breaks Out

Units received a call of a plane crash in the Ranchita area a little after 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 10. There were reports of a visual view showing flames coming from the site, as fire crews battled the 3-4 acre fire that broke out. There is no word yet on how many people were... — Updated 5/15/2018


Borrego Springs' Certified Interpretive Hosts

Six representatives from the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association, Borrego Outfitters, and the Borrego Village Association successfully completed the National Association for Interpretation – Certified Interpretive... — Updated 5/15/2018


DACA Clarification

In the last issue of the Borrego Sun, based on the fact that U.S. District Dudge John Bates had ruled that new Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications must be accepted after a 90-day waiting period, we wrote that new applications may also be filed within this... — Updated 5/15/2018

 By Jolene Nacapuy    News 

Ocotillo's Boutique Closes Its Doors

Ocotillo's boutique is shutting its doors after 15 wonderful years of business in Borrego Springs. After contemplating back and forth owners Melissa Kuehn and Beki Braden have decided to close the store. "We've really enjoyed the l... — Updated 5/15/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News 

Aquifer Levels and Quality

In order for Borregans and water administrators to get both a good handle on how much our groundwater table is lowering (and how fast), plus assess trends in water quality around the Borrego Sub-basin as such lowering occurs, our BWD and its technical consultants continue to... — Updated 5/15/2018


Plane Identified in East County Crash

A small plane that was set to arrive at Gillespie Field Thursday crashed, killing three people aboard, officials confirmed May 15. A twin-engine Beechcraft Duchess did not land at the El Cajon airport as scheduled, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)... — Updated 5/17/2018


Small Fire at Di Giorgio and Big Horn Road

At around 4 p:20 p.m. Sunday April 1, Borrego Springs Fire District Units responded to a vegetation fire at Di Giorgio Road and Big Horn Road. The cause of the fire is still unknown. There were no injuries or property damages reported. Air crews were dispatched to help fight the... — Updated 4/4/2018


College Classes Visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

By Jolene Nacapuy It sure was a bittersweet blast from the past, OK two years, as my alma mater made their way down to Borrego Springs. The University of La Verne was just one of the many colleges to visit the Anza-Borrego Desert... — Updated 4/10/2018


Reasonable and Defensible, Water Policy Urged

Two lawyers with expertise in state-wide water policy asked Borregans at the BWD’s Annual Town Hall meeting on March 28 to carefully consider the legal hurdles – mostly time and money - involved with actions and policies included in the writing, submission, and implementation... — Updated 4/4/2018


Chamber 68th Annual Meeting at La Casa Del Zorro

The Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce installed its newest member, Joe Bann, at the 68th annual meeting and installation ceremony, hosted at La Casa Del Zorro March 23. Bann, general manager of the Borrego Springs Resort, was... — Updated 4/19/2018


Micro Spring

By Ernie Cowan If last year's wildflower season was a Super bloom, this spring is the year of the micro bloom, and for many an even better show. Exceptional rains brought lots of water to the arid regions of San Diego last year... — Updated 4/19/2018


"Waste Not, Want Not"

Slab City Ministry’s “Waste Not, Want Not” yearly food/essentials project – Snowbirds, remember to drop off your non-perishables at Coldwell Banker Real Estate office on your way out of Borrego. Your blessings will be distributed locally to those in need of them. God’s... — Updated 4/4/2018


Easter Sunrise in Borrego Springs

By Michael Plekon There are many events that draw people from the community here – Borrego Days, the film festival, all sorts of concerts and plays produced at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center, the numerous shows at... — Updated 4/19/2018


Support The BSPAC "Buy A Seat" Program

The performing arts community has used many local venues over the years for their productions. (This information can be reviewed online at under ‘ABOUT THE THEATER’). The current Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center (BSPAC) performance space was constructed as... — Updated 4/6/2018


Three Mountain Lions Spotted Near Julian

A rare local photo showing three mountain lions was snapped by a wildlife camera last month, by the San Diego River Park foundation at its preserve near Julian. It is found that the trio of cougars are the same ones captured in 2016. In that image, it was a mountain lion and her... — Updated 4/10/2018


De Anza Country Club Revival

De Anza members AND Borregans concerned about the loss of de Anza as a major community force can all now breathe a collective sigh of relief. Members of the de Anza Golf and Country Club have accepted an offer for the majority of Club LLC shares by Linda and Tom Heathcott from... — Updated 4/10/2018


2018 Borrego Days Planning Meeting Key Points

– Borrego Days 2018: October 19 – 21 – Theme: “Fly for the Stars” – Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Airshow will start first, movement of parade will begin at approximately 10:30 – Everyone must be in their seats and cars must be parked by 9:30 a.m., as roads will be... — Updated 4/10/2018


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