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Overturned Semi

The Montezuma Grade has been shutdown due to an overturned semi truck, according to Sheriff Billy Painter. There is currently one-way traffic control. The road will remain closed for a couple of hours until the tow truck arrives and a cleanup of the load is done. -- UPDATE (2:30... — Updated 2/25/2021

New Vaccination Appointment Page – All in one page!

Go to: The Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force is now displaying all available vaccination appointments on one web page: Read the message below before going to The link will take you to a Vaccination Appointments Page on the Task... — Updated 2/23/2021

BCHF: Broadwell Healthcare

Mayor Bill Wells of El Cajon refused to enforce the COVID-19 restrictions ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom last November when coronavirus cases surged at the fastest rate since the start of the outbreak. Then on January 25, as outbreaks peaked again, the Mayor led prayers at a... — Updated 2/19/2021

Nature Watch: "Bladderpod"

It was the large, green seed pods that first caught my eye. Dangling from a small bush with clusters of happy yellow flowers, I was curious about this plant and the large seed pods I had not often seen in Anza-Borrego Desert State... — Updated 2/23/2021

Camping Can Resume

As of Feb. 1, camping is now officially open again at California State Parks, following all applicable health and social distancing guidelines. Find below details regarding what has re-opened and what still remains closed at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The information was... — Updated 2/23/2021

New Anza-Borrego Wildflower Book

A new book titled Wildflowers of Anza-Borrego by desert botanist James W. Cornett has just been released. With over 200 species shown, it is the only comprehensive book ever published on wildflowers of Borrego Springs and... — Updated 2/23/2021

Senior Center Appoints New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Senior Center is excited to announce that subsequent to the retirement of long time Executive Director Lynne Vasquez, a new Executive Director will lead the Senior Center into the future. Leslie... — Updated 2/23/2021

Hare-y Tales of the Winter Sky

If you haven't been out to enjoy a dark night sky this winter, you'll be happy to learn that few activities can keep you more socially distanced than stargazing. The stars are so brilliant right now not because of the frosty night... — Updated 2/19/2021

News about a Waitlist

CalFire has informed us that residents without appointments for the vaccination event on February 20th & 21st at the Borrego Springs Library can request to be put on the waiting list by coming to the table that will be staffed by a paramedic near the library parking lot. CALFIRE... — Updated 2/23/2021

Let's Protect Each Other to the End of the Pandemic

We are not out of the COVID woods, yet. We cannot “return to normal.” Residents are still rightly concerned about exposure to COVID-19, especially in areas of our town where visitors have been gathering in groups, not wearing masks or social distancing. Most of our shops and... — Updated 2/10/2021

COVID Cost Info

How much will the coronavirus vaccine cost me? The COVID-19 vaccine itself is free to all Americans, as noted by the CMS. The government organization also said it plans to make sure you can reimburse any FDA-approved coronavirus treatments you’re charged for. However,... — Updated 2/8/2021

Chamber: "If Only We Can Predict the Future"

Let me guess, your first thought was “oh no, not another report about the virus.” Sorry to disappoint, but this column has to do with the weather, blooming flowers and visitors. Within the last week the Chamber has been getting calls daily from people all over the country... — Updated 2/15/2021

Plein Air Goes On

The 15th Annual Plein Air Invitational brings another outstanding exhibition of Plein Air paintings focusing on the unique beauty and environmental significance of the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Borrego Valley. The 2021 Invitational begins on March 1, as 14 artists spread out... — Updated 2/23/2021

Local High School Student Wins "Silent Servant" Award

The stories of those who quietly serve others often go unsung. That's why the Peter R. Marsh Foundation created the Silent Servant award: to recognize that "students who selflessly and quietly serve others are indeed the most... — Updated 2/10/2021

The Julian Town Square – One Step Closer to Reality

For over three years, a local group has been working to beautify the empty lot in the center of Julian. The Julian Community Heritage Foundation (JCHF), a recently registered nonprofit organization, seeks to transform the space... — Updated 2/19/2021

Snow Powders Julian

The San Diego mountains received a large amount of rain and snow over the course of a couple of days. Not one, but two storms, made its way through the county with a third one on its way. The mix of rain, hail, snow and strong... — Updated 2/19/2021

Hector Meza

"Dios sabe lo que hace" ("God knows what he does") is the song Hector and his wife of 34 years, Irene Meza, loved to sing together. It was just this song they shared a few days before he passed away from post-COVID 19... — Updated 2/23/2021

Antonia Torres Laguna de Fuerte

Antonia Torres Laguna de Fuerte's small, cozy home was always filled with warmth – either from the huge pot of steaming tamales on the stove or from the abundance of love for her large family. Everyone was welcomed in her home... — Updated 2/19/2021

3.8-Magnitude Earthquake

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake hit just southeast of the Salton Sea on Feb. 9, accompanied by a series of smaller quakes. The quake hit at around 5 p.m. west-northwest of Calipatria at a depth of about two miles. There were more than a dozen smaller quakes in the area registered... — Updated 2/19/2021

Two Separate Attempts

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin in two separate smuggling attempts Jan. 23. The first incident occurred around 8:58 a.m., when a commercial transport passenger van approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the van... — Updated 2/4/2021

"Ham Radio Operators Are A Worldwide Community "

“Calling All Ham Operators” by Ernie Cowan in the Jan. 7, 2021 issue of the Borrego Sun, awakened fond memories of my undergraduate days. I was a ham, back in India in the early 1980s before I came to the U.S. My call sign was Victor Uniform Two Sierra Japan Nancy (VU2SJN).... — Updated 2/12/2021

"Vaccine Rollout"

My office has received hundreds of questions and I want to provide an update on how you can sign up to receive the vaccine. To sign up for the vaccine, visit, where you’ll see the list of available appointments. Another option is by calling 2-1-1. Last week, the... — Updated 2/4/2021

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