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SD County Avoids Purple Tier

San Diego County has avoided dropping into the purple tier, with an adjusted case rate of 6.9. If the number was above 7.0, that would have shifted the county back to the more-restrictive tier. If that would have happened, this would mean more state-imposed restrictions that... — Updated 9/23/2020

NOTICE OF EXPIRING SEATS

Four seats on the Borrego Springs Community Sponsor Group will expire January 4, 2021 (Seats 1,5,9,& 11, term 1/4/2021 – 1/6/2025). Applicants must be registered to vote in Borrego Springs and also reside or own property in Borrego Springs. Applications can be downloaded here:... — Updated 9/8/2020

Desmond Departs Delta

After 34 years, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond has made his final call, hanging up his captain's hat as a Delta Airlines pilot. In mid-August, he completed his final Delta flight departing from Los Angeles... — Updated 9/23/2020

The Celestial Dragon

While leading one of my popular Night Sky Tours recently, our discussion somehow turned to the constellation of Draco, the dragon. Draco isn't one of the top 10 stellar groupings that people can name, but I was surprised that,... — Updated 9/23/2020

Fires Rage in California, Air Quality Unhealthy

California's 2020 wildfire season is rewriting the record books. California has seen nearly 7,700 fires so far this year, stretching firefighting crews thinner and thinner. Around 14,000 firefighters were battling 29 major... — Updated 9/21/2020

Restaurants, Establishments Adjust to Reopening... Again

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take on the world and affect everyone in more ways than one, many are trying to keep their businesses afloat. With San Diego County being in the red tier (open indoors with modifications, max. capacity of 25%), we are seeing more of our... — Updated 9/18/2020

SDG&E Announces Wildfire Safety Advancements for 2020 Wildfire Season

Building on its decades-long commitment to wildfire safety, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is implementing new and additional wildfire safety tools and enhancements in 2020 that will help prevent powerline wildfire ignitions and reduce impacts associated with Public Safety... — Updated 9/18/2020

BCHF: Community Group to the Rescue

The Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) on numerous occasions stated that expansion to multiple clinics and services was necessary to support the Borrego Springs Clinic. Borrego Springs, the original clinic was the golden goose that became the government ATM that grew... — Updated 9/23/2020

BCHF: Going, Going....

Healthcare fraud, waste, and abuse is a major problem for Medicare, Medical/Medicaid, and other government funded healthcare programs. The National Heath Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates conservatively that health care fraud costs the nation about $68 billion annually ... — Updated 9/11/2020

BCHF: Sun Investigates

The Borrego Sun started an investigative journey into Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) with the firing of two of the three licensed professionals at the Borrego Springs Clinic, during the pandemic. Jan Jones, family/nurse practitioner, and psychologist Dr. Pam McEvoy... — Updated 9/3/2020

Chamber Identity

Over the last six months, my knowledge of what a Chamber does has been stripped to the bare bones and mentally rebuilt. Chambers are technically described as individual organizations, known as a chapter. While the guiding principles for each chapter are different, many of their... — Updated 9/18/2020

Chamber Listens

By the time you receive this issue, it will be September, talk about how crazy fast the summer has gone by, now if only the heat would get going as well! Normally I’m not sure what I’ll be writing about until I sit down to write the column, however, in this case I knew... — Updated 9/8/2020

In-Person Schooling to Open

Thermometers, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, masks, clear plastic barricades, distancing par excellence, outdoor classrooms and staggered lunch sessions – just some of the various strategies the Borrego Springs Unified... — Updated 9/11/2020

JUHSD Resumes In-Person

On Sept. 8, the Julian Union High School District reopened to in-person class instruction for its students. Since San Diego County has been removed from state's COVID-19 monitoring list, schools became eligible to reopen for... — Updated 9/17/2020

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Comes to Julian

We all know that the first five years of a child's life is the most important. Children soak up so much knowledge and experiences during those first few years. It is also the prime time to introduce the love of reading. With so... — Updated 9/17/2020

Meth Smuggling Attempts

Border Patrol agents at the El Centro Sector and Calexico Station seized more than 33 pounds of methamphetamine in three separate incidents over the Labor Day weekend. The first incident occurred at around 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 5, when a man, 20-years-old, driving a white Infinity... — Updated 9/17/2020

Woman Arrested For Smuggling Meth

A woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine in her vehicle by Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Aug. 23. At approximately 7:44 a.m., the woman approached the checkpoint in a black Nissan Versa. During initial inspection, a Border Patrol... — Updated 9/8/2020

"The Hypocrisy of COVID vs. Economy"

Everyday tens of thousands of people safely shop at big box retail and grocery stores where respectful San Diego shoppers obey the mask, social distancing and sanitation protocols. Churches, museums, restaurants, and the Zoo are now open, but to a limited 25% capacity. Legoland,... — Updated 9/21/2020

"Water Rights vs. Water Wrongs"

I’ve tried, for a long time, to keep my mouth shut – be a good and compliant citizen. Now, I’ve reached the point at which I can no longer suffer the lack of logic and reason foisted upon the public by the SGMA and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR... — Updated 9/17/2020

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