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Body Found in Ocotillo Wells, Man Identified

The body of the man who was found dead in Ocotillo Wells has been identified as 31-year-old man Manuel Lizarraga. Lizarraga was reported missing after his wife reported a missing persons report with the Indio Police and State Parks Department. He had texted his wife Wednesday,... — Updated 7/2/2018


Park Users Beware: Severely Reduced Ranger Coverage

In the June 17 issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reporter Harry Jones wrote that after contacting former employees, the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (the largest in the State) has a severe staffing shortage that according to previous Park Superintendent Mark Jorgenson will... — Updated 7/2/2018


BSFPD Driveway Dedicated

It was a memorable day at the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District, as members of the community gathered to dedicate the newly paved driveway to the Burnand family, June 14. Thanks to the $379,000 grant from the Alphonse A.... — Updated 7/12/2018


RAW and RAAM: Racing From Oceanside to Durango to Annapolis

While Borregans were working or golfing or shopping or sleeping from June 12 through June 24, 95 cyclists in the Race Across the West (RAW) and Race Across America (RAAM) had started in Oceanside and passed through Borrego... — Updated 7/12/2018


Warner Springs Woman Sentenced to Prison

A woman who pleaded guilty to manslaughter was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday. Prosecutors at the Vista Superior Court charged Sandra Stoneburner for shooting her sister Carreie Deatherage at home near Warner Springs. The victim was shot once in her head, sheriff’s... — Updated 7/2/2018


Chamber Abandons Consensus on Rudyville

By J. David Garmon, MD President, Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy For 12 years the residents and institutions of Borrego Springs have unanimously opposed a proposed residential development on pristine desert land that goes by various names. Its out-of-town owners/investors call it... — Updated 7/2/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News 

RUDYVILLE: A Suprise 20% Solution

At least 60 Borregans wearing white golf caps sat in the San Diego County Planning Commission public hearing room June 22 for a few minutes in stunned silence, all momentarily confused about the vote just taken by the seven-member commission. And then everyone realized the... — Updated 7/2/2018


Summer Water Safety – Mantenerse seguro en el agua este verano

Drowning Prevention is most effective with a “layers of protection” approach: · Never leave a child alone near water, even for a few seconds. · A supervising adult should be close enough to touch the child under 4 years old near water. · Keep a constant adult eye on young... — Updated 7/2/2018


Firework Safety Tips

The Fourth of July is tomorrow, and all are reminded that fireworks are illegal. Fire and police departments urge everyone to take precautions to avoid fires and injuries. – Do not purchase or set off fireworks in cities where fireworks are illegal – In areas where fireworks... — Updated 7/3/2018


Flags Ordered at Half-Staff by President Trump

After his initial rejection of a request to lower the White House flag to half-staff, President Donald Trump reversed the decision and has ordered that all flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims killed in the... — Updated 7/14/2018


AT&T Service Down in Borrego Springs

There is currently no AT&T service in the Borrego Springs area, as of July 6 11:45 a.m. The restoration of service, according to an agent from the company, said it will be back up Monday July 9 at about 3:30 p.m. The company is currently working to get the service back up at a... — Updated 7/7/2018



The goal for a new school bus has been met! Thank you to all who have contributed! The Borrego Springs Unified School District will match the $65,000 amount. The new school bus is ordered. Many thanks to the Borrego Springs Rotary and the BSUSD. – Martha Diec... — Updated 7/7/2018


UPDATE: AT&T Service Down in Borrego Springs

AT&T service in Borrego Springs has been restored as of Sunday July 8 at around 1:30 p.m. It was said restoration would be Monday July 9, but residents are more than glad it has been restored earlier than said. --------------------------------------------------... — Updated 7/8/2018


Weather Alert, Stay Safe

With the scorching heat taking Southern California by storm, all are urged to take precautions this month. According to accuweather, for the next month, the heat will remain high in the 100's, and there will be days with slight thunderstorms and a chance of rain. It is best to... — Updated 7/8/2018


Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the eastern San Diego County until 8 p.m. Wednesday July 11. At 5:05 p.m., the NWS radars indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain in the area. Areas that will likely experience flooding include State Route 78... — Updated 7/12/2018


Dynamic New Mayor Appointed

Come the festival and parade in October, Borrego Springs will have a new Honorary Mayor. Selected by former Honorary Mayor’s, our new overseer of social events official gatherings, VIP and dignitary visits, and keeper of the traffic signal never to be installed is Andrew R.... — Updated 7/12/2018


BWD Board Members Step Down

Two members of the Borrego Water District Board of Directors will be stepping down in the fall. Director and Secretary/ Treasurer Joe Tatusko announced June 27 that he is joining Board President Beth Hart in her decision to step down also. Both are moving on with other pursuits.... — Updated 7/12/2018


Umpqua to Community Valley Bank Changeover

If you are a current Umpqua Bank customer, you should have received a package from Community Valley Bank (CVB) explaining new general and specific policies, including privacy policies, plus the process of changing over accounts; it will be completed Monday July 23. If you don’t... — Updated 7/12/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News 

Sheep-nanigans in the Mountains

While it would be technically cor- rect to say the June 29 to July 1 weekend temperatures for the 48th annual census of our Ovis Canadensis (Peninsular Bighorn Sheep) were "cooler" than in the previous four counts, the 79 coun- ter... — Updated 7/14/2018


Joe Bann Exits Resort

After serving as the general man- ager for the Borrego Springs Resort for about a year and a half since November 2016, Joe Bann has moved on. His last day was July 3. There was not much of an explanation given as to why he ultimately decided to leave, but a spokesperson from the... — Updated 7/14/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News 

VIEWPOINT: Heat is a Solstice Thing

There are two kinds of people in Borrego. First are those who were absent the past two sum- mers around the Summer Solstice on June 21 but were here this year (we’ll call them “Absentees”), and second are those who were present for all three (we’ll call them... — Updated 7/16/2018


Rudyville: Hearing Conflict

By J. David Garmon MD President, Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy After more than a decade of hearings, studies, reports, and meetings, the fate of Rudyville will be determined this year, 2018, at two hearings in San Diego. The first hearing will be before the County Planning... — Updated 6/1/2018


WANTED: $100,000

A critical water bond initiative called “The Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018” is a citizen’s initiative water bond that will appear on the November 2018 statewide California ballot. If passed, $35 million has been earmarked specifically for Borrego Springs that... — Updated 6/1/2018


Ranger Steve's "Egg Salad" Learning Center Dedication

It's been a year since the idea was first floated, inspired by the life and teachings of the late Steve Bier. The beloved State Park ranger died tragically last year, and 13 Borregans lent physical, logistical, and financial... — Updated 6/6/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News

Borrego Beautification Project Underway

The Borrego Village Foundation began in 2011 by clearing asphalt, cleaning up shrubbery, and planting trees, and now the Palo Verde trees are coming into maturity. Trees have been planted west of Christmas Circle along Palm Canyon... — Updated 6/14/2018


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