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Julian Parade Cancelled

Each year, people of all ages gather along Main Street in Julian to celebrate the 4th of July holiday. The small town becomes packed full of residents, visitors, bands, classic vehicles and floats all enjoying the fun and festivities. However, this year COVID-19 came along and... — Updated 5/27/2020

Borrego Task Force Update

Dear Fellow Borregans, The Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force has been using its website to encourage vulnerable residents to request help and to encourage volunteers to help deliver food... — Updated 5/22/2020

Safe Reopening Plan

The San Diego County Board of Supervisor's passed an item that included a "Safe Reopening Plan", which is a template for our business community to begin preparing for the safe reopening of San Diego Businesses. This plan is to be... — Updated 5/13/2020

Stimulus Check Rundown

In an effort to help curb the crippling economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump signed a stimulus package called the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is the biggest rescue package in U.S. history with a... — Updated 5/7/2020

COVID-19: Counties Move Forward at Own Pace

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so much uncertainty and changes over the last couple of months. However, the world begins to make necessary changes in hopes of reopening. The United States now has reached 1,634,743 cases and 97,182 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins... — Updated 5/27/2020

COVID-19: Restrictions Begin to Ease

The COVID-19 pandemic has come a long way, and continues to bring everyone down with uncertainty of when we will be able to return to a normal schedule. However, with recent developments and easing restrictions, California entered Phase 2, hoping to get within spitting distance... — Updated 5/22/2020


This lengthy lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is a never ending thought process of when things will end or even get better. As we all struggle to grasp some sort of normalcy in reality, we can’t help but think if we will ever be safe. We continue o work to control and... — Updated 5/22/2020

Modified Stay-At-Home Order

Governor Gavin Newsom announced a modified Stay-at-Home order on May 12 to allow more businesses to reopen with strict guidelines. In order to open for sit-down or dine-in service, restaurants must: - Have disposable menus or post menus online so diners can view them on their... — Updated 5/13/2020

COVID-19: Orders Modified, Restrictions Eased

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the world by storm, leaving many to wonder if or when will things get back to normal. The United States now has reached 1,004,942 cases and 56,527 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In California, there are over 40,000 cases, with... — Updated 5/13/2020

Order of the Health Officer, Emergency Regulations

San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The following is the latest county order in effect, as of May 8. 1. All persons are to remain in their homes or at their place of residence, except for employees or... — Updated 5/8/2020

State Moves to Phase Two, May 8

As the state continues to progress in the fight against the coronavirus, many are wondering how long it will be next until we reach another phase in Governor Gavin Newsom’s projected plan to re-open California. Newsom laid out the four phases on April 28 to gradually... — Updated 5/13/2020

Supervisor Desmond Calls for Opening More Businesses

In addition to the current proposed pilot program, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond will be asking for the following to be opened at June 2 Board meeting. REQUEST OF COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO: (Capacities limited to the 6 foot social distancing requirements) - Resume... — Updated 5/29/2020

Seeing the Inner Planets at Dusk

No matter how long I study the sky, there will always be star groupings I just can't "see." Certainly, the ancients didn't make it easy for us; they never actually devised the constellations to look like animals, objects and... — Updated 5/29/2020

Borrego Valley Stewardship Council Convenes Virtual Forum

On May 15, the Borrego Valley Stewardship Council (BVSC) convened its first virtual plenary meeting/forum with 35 signatories and guests attending. Using Zoom software and focusing on the community’s COVID-19 response, five speakers made concise presentations and later... — Updated 5/29/2020

Borrego Testing for COVID-19

A drive-through site for COVID-19 testing, a safe way to identify cases, was conducted by the Borrego Medical Clinic in the small town of Borrego Springs. About 150 samples were collected in the span of three days, from May 14 to May 16 at The Mall, and those who took the tests... — Updated 5/29/2020

"Time To Get Back To Work"

State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) sent a letter on May 18 to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in support of Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar’s plan to begin reopening San Diego County and their proactive approach to help businesses and the communities... — Updated 5/29/2020

Jones: Governor's Guidelines for Reopening Houses of Worship Nowhere Near Adequate

State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom's plan to reopen houses of worship in California: "President Trump is right that houses of worship are essential. Just like big-box stores can be trusted to open safely for... — Updated 5/28/2020

La Casa Del Zorro Opens Its Doors

La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort and Spa has resumed its operations as of May 15, and with great news, their opening weekend was a “huge, sold out success.” “Our staff did an amazing job of preparing the accommodations and grounds to welcome back our guests. We are... — Updated 5/27/2020

Sponsor Group Meeting

The Borrego Springs Community Sponsor Group meeting will be June 4, at 4:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be on Zoom. The website is Or you can call in at 1-669-900-6833 and the meeting ID is 85960595191. The action items include:... — Updated 5/27/2020

Chamber Talks Opening

Today’s news is old news with the way things are changing, so if some of my references are now happening, my apologies. Before I mention Chamber news, I think it is time to start accepting the fact that businesses will begin to reopen. I use the term accepting because there... — Updated 5/13/2020

Sun Shines on Chamber

As we welcome spectacular weather to Borrego we also want to start off with a huge “Welcome” to new Chamber members and business owners Matt Davis & Jason Collins who recently took ownership of Borrego Springs RV Storage. Davis and Collins are eager to get involved in the... — Updated 5/7/2020

Feeding Borrego

They hoped for 25 people; over 50 showed up. They expected a simple thank you; they received virtual hugs from incredibly grateful people. They simply wanted to offer food to families whose employment hours had been eliminated or... — Updated 5/29/2020

Candlewood Leaves Town...

Candlewood's magical Arts Festival in Borrego Springs ended abruptly when COVID-19 hit our village in March. Purple covered sculptures were closed to the public. Our local scorpion, adorned with whimsical jewels, was off limits... — Updated 5/29/2020

Food Bank Frenzy

On April 20, no less than 165 families showed up at each of the three Food Banks in Borrego Springs to receive free bags of produce, dry goods and in some cases protein. (To clarify, Food Bank is at St. Barnabas; Feeding San Diego... — Updated 5/22/2020

The Power of Three

What happens when you have an unemployed worker with no computer who needs to apply for Unemployment Insurance, and you have a couple with strong computer skills and a desire to assist people, but the two don't speak the same... — Updated 5/22/2020

A Word From the BSUSD Superintendent...

Hello Borrego Family, It’s been a difficult month for our little District. With the Governor’s recent budget proposal, we are now looking at cuts again to education. But more than that, it has been emotionally draining without our students. Perhaps I am simply projecting my... — Updated 5/29/2020

High School Online Guide Training

Starting the fall 2019 semester, the Borrego Springs Unified School District offered 11th and 12th grade students an elective Certified Interpretive Host course following curriculum from the National Association of Interpretation.... — Updated 5/27/2020

Knotts Berry Farm Physics Day

The park was not open yet, sun barely shining in the sky, and Knott's Berry Farm was already full of people gearing up for the annual Physic's Day competition, where over 60 schools competed for a chance to win cool prizes, and... — Updated 5/13/2020

Multiple Groups Support the Julian Community

In the wake of this current health crisis, many organizations and groups have risen to the challenge of supporting their communities. Those in Julian are no different. With so many in the backcountry in need of a variety of resources that include food, school supplies and help... — Updated 5/22/2020

Julian: A Tourist Town Still Working Hard to Endure

As one can imagine, a town that thrives on tourism is being hit very hard due to the stay-at-home order. The Julian Chamber of Commerce continues to be very supportive of the businesses by promoting the many businesses and restaurants in town. The Chamber’s message is to... — Updated 5/7/2020

Robert "Bob" Arvid Johnson

Sept. 6, 1920 – April 23, 2020 Robert "Bob" Arvid Johnson was born in 1920 during the Spanish flu pandemic in Ironwood, Michigan. He spent most of his life in California. He passed away April 23, 2020 in Maumelle, Arkansas... — Updated 5/27/2020

First-Class Petty Officer, Carl Ronald Johnson

Jan. 30, 1944 – April 21, 2020 Carl Ronald Johnson, born January 30, 1944 passed into eternal life on April 21, 2020 in Palm Springs, California. He was 76 years old. Carl was a resident of Ocotillo Wells, California for nearly... — Updated 5/7/2020

Two Separate Drug Busts

A man and a woman were arrested on May 7 in two separate incidents after their attempt to smuggle drugs at the Highway 86 checkpoint. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the first incident occurred when a 56-year-old man driving a black 2012 Chevrolet... — Updated 5/27/2020

Meth Stashed in Hot Cheetos

Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint arested a woman and a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine. The incident occurred on May 14, when a 34-year old woman and a 31-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a black Lexus. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents... — Updated 5/27/2020

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