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ALL Indoor Operations to Close

On July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all indoor operations statewide must close, which include restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Previously, this was only for those counties placed on the state's watch list,... — Updated 7/13/2020

SD County Indoor Activities to Close

As of July 7, all San Diego County indoor activities, bars, card rooms, wineries, tasting rooms, theaters, zoos, museums and family entertainment centers, have been ordered to close. The guidance originated from the state after San Diego County appeared on California's watch... — Updated 7/8/2020

COVID-19: The Way We Were

Here we go again, back to the drawing board… As restrictions were being loosened and the path to recovery was beginning, cases continued to rise in a very dramatic fashion, forcing a set back into re-opening. It seems that is back to square one in figuring out a better process... — Updated 7/13/2020

COVID-19: Cases Rise, County Back to the Beginning

The uncertainty continues to grow because of the coronavirus pandemic. Each day has brought many changes, and just when many thought it was time to begin recovering, it seems the battle has barely begun. The United States continues to feel the backlash of COVID-19, as many... — Updated 7/8/2020

Carizzo Geoglyphs

Standing in the Great Alone of the Carrizo Badlands I noticed a large swath of barren desert before me had been somehow altered by the hands of man. Broad lines stretching off into the distance had been carved across the desert in... — Updated 7/13/2020

David Dale Resigns

Calexico City Manager David Dale announced his resignation at the city council meeting on July 1, amid the allegations he was being paid to work for the Borrego Springs Water District. In his resignation speech, Dale said, “I always acted like every dollar we spent here, every... — Updated 7/13/2020

Small Businesses & Non-Profits

I know that the last three months have been extremely difficult for small businesses and non-profits. While I’ve advocated to open up businesses in a safe manner, there is still a 15% unemployment rate, and that will rise with the latest round of closures in early July. In... — Updated 7/9/2020

Library Delays Opening

The re-opening of San Diego County Library branches with in-person services has been delayed, which was slated for July 6. All 33 branches will continue to offer contactless door-side service. Borrego Springs’ door-side service will be from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.... — Updated 7/8/2020

Niland Devastated

Residents were left to pick up the pieces, after a massive brush fire that killed one person and destroyed 37 homes, torched its way through Niland, just east of the Salton Sea, on June 28. The fire started near Highway 111 and... — Updated 7/9/2020

Borrego Clinic: Part Five

The Borrego Sun’s investigation into Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) is starting to have its effect. Director of Marketing Victor Coral has communicated to the Sun the following as regards the Borrego Springs Clinic. A Dr. David Flick has been assigned to the Clinic... — Updated 7/13/2020

Clinic... Enough is Enough

You know there’s a problem when…. The Borrego Sun began asking questions about operations of the Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) with the firing of Jan Jones and Dr. Pam McEvoy, two high profile and respected medical providers at the Borrego Springs Clinic. At the... — Updated 7/2/2020

Borrego Clinic Crisis: Part Four

Another executive seems to has left Borrego Health – John Heydt, Chief Academic Officer. His salary was $680,000 plus benefits, and a family member, Stephanie Heydt, being paid $54,000. It seems strange that from July 2019, he was CEO of Apex Medical Group and is the Chief... — Updated 7/1/2020

Chamber Thanks

As my last post was a long report, this column is focused on thanking those who I don’t think hear it enough, yet are essential in helping us get through this historic time in Borrego Springs. First on the list are Chamber volunteers Judy Lewis, Mike Himmerich and George... — Updated 7/8/2020

Chamber Progresses

As I’ve been slightly avoiding a Chamber progress report as the Executive Director, I’m now ready to go for it! The Chamber Board hired me on Feb. 11, around 9 a.m.; I officially started working at 10 a.m., that same day. My thoughts were “I’m here, so why not jump right... — Updated 7/14/2020

BASIC Awards $75,000 in Scholarships

This summer, Basic Assistance to Students in the Community (aka BASIC) will award 10 Borrego Springs High School graduates and 33 continuing students scholarships to further their education. The scholarships will be used for students to seek vocational training and to attend... — Updated 7/6/2020

Julian Now Has A Thrift Store

The nonprofit organization, Julian Pathways, Inc. provides a variety of programs and services to the community of Julian. Not only does the group operate before/after school programs on the Julian Union School District campuses,... — Updated 7/13/2020

Muriel "Mickey" Streit

Nov. 26, 1933 – June 17, 2020 Muriel Ann (Ryder) Streit was born November 26, 1933 in Greenport, New York, and died on June 17, 2020, at the Veteran's Home in Chula Vista, California. "Mert" was a proud native of Shelter Island,... — Updated 7/9/2020

Body Carriers Arrested

Three people suspected of smuggling methamphetamine were arrested on June 25 at the Highway 86 checkpoint. The incident occurred when a man driving a green 2004 Honda Accord with two women approached the checkpoint. Border Patrol canines alerted agents to the vehicle, which was... — Updated 7/9/2020

Fifty Pounds of Drugs Seized

Agents at the El Centro Sector Border Patrol made a major drug bust at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City. The incident occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on June 23, when the suspect in a gray Acura SUV approached the checkpoint. After being alerted by the Border Patrol canine... — Updated 7/9/2020

"The Latest at the County"

My goal during this pandemic has been to keep people safe, while responsibly reopening businesses and getting people back to work. We continue to test more people than we ever have, which is why we’ve seen an increase in positive cases. Shutting down entire industry sectors... — Updated 7/13/2020

"To My Clients..."

My dear clients, I want to assure you that I am not withholding my Holistic and Therapeutic health and wellness services from you, in spite of the state authorizing the reopen of massage and spa services. Although I provide therapeutic massage as part of my holistic work, I do... — Updated 7/9/2020

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