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Galleta Meadows Sky Art Sculptures

The land and artwork of Galleta Meadows has reopened. They have been closed off since April due to the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders. Please remember to follow health and safety guidelines when visiting and gathering at the sculptures. Remember to carry a lot of water, be... — Updated 10/26/2020

FBI, state agents raid Borrego Community Healthcare Foundation

State and federal agents raided the offices Tuesday of the Borrego Community Healthcare Foundation, a nonprofit provider in Borrego Springs that last year billed more than $300 million in medical, dental and other services to the U.S. government. Dozens of agents turned up at... — Updated 10/21/2020

DOJ, FBI Investigates BCHF

The Department of Justice (California) and FBI are conducting an investigation of certain practices and programs of the Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF). They began with search warrants to collect and secure evidence today. The San Diego Union-Tribune is doing a story... — Updated 10/21/2020

San Diego County Avoids Purple Tier

In the latest assessment by the state on Oct. 20, San Diego County narrowly misses moving back into the purple tier, which is the most restrictive for yet another week and remains in the red tier. The county's case rate per 100,000 residents rose to 7.0. New metric was added:... — Updated 10/22/2020

COVID-19: Tier Change?

The coronavirus pandemic continues to loom, as many are trying to find normality once again. However, with certain restrictions, and no sign of a tier change just yet, many wonder, how long will this go on? San Diego County remains in the red tier, and there has not been an... — Updated 10/14/2020

COVID-19: San Diego County Remains in Red Tier...Barely

It has been a whirlwind of emotions for many, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to loom over the country. Most of California is still in the purple tier, which has the most restrictions, as many are slowly trying to move forward. Businesses are trying their best to make up... — Updated 10/2/2020

COVID-19: San Diego County Remains in Tier 2, For Now

We are continuing the long fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and it seems there is no end. Back-and-forth businesses go, to open or to not open, and for most, “When can I go back to work?” or “Is it safe yet?” While the answers to these questions are up in the air,... — Updated 10/2/2020

Americanism Essay Contest Winners

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students. Winners receive $50. The Americanism Essay Contest encourages participants to learn about the fundamental rights and freedoms we enjoy today. Different themes are chosen for each... — Updated 10/26/2020

Are We Alone?

Who among us has never gazed into a starry night sky and wondered, "Are we alone in the universe?" With the hundreds of billions of stars in just our own Milky Way galaxy – many like our own sun – is it not possible that,... — Updated 10/23/2020

Borrego Ministers' Association Needs Your Help, NOW

On the first of January 2020, our local Borrego Ministers’ Association (BMA) was struggling on a paltry $3,000 budget, helping folks out with random requests such as a high electricity bill, food certificates or gas coupons. Then in February, the philanthropic Borrego Valley... — Updated 10/23/2020

Medicare Open Enrollment, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7

Medicare Open Enrollment season is here, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries make important choices that affect their medical costs, the doctors they see and prescription coverage for next year. Whether they are enrolling in Medicare for the first... — Updated 10/23/2020

Which Power of Attorney is Right for Me?

A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows someone to handle your financial affairs for you if you ever become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make financial decisions for yourself. Since there are a number of different types of POAs to choose from, you first... — Updated 10/23/2020

BCHF: CEO Fired?

“Those that take more than they deserve will eventually fall!” Angela Torres, former BCHF credentials officer. The Trustees of the Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) have announced the departure of Mikia Wallis as CEO of the Foundation’s network of multiple clinics... — Updated 10/26/2020

Borrego Health Fails Again

The Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) missed an opportunity with the pandemic to demonstrate that it’s as concerned about the health of the Borrego Community as it is about increasing income. The Borrego Springs Endowment Fund (BSEF) stepped up to organize the... — Updated 10/6/2020

Chamber: Farmers Market Returns!

When the Borrego Springs Chamber Farmers Market closed in March, we had nonstop calls asking when and if it will be back. The Chamber is happy to announce a soft opening on October 23, 8 a.m. to noon at Christmas Circle. I say soft opening because we are still in the process of... — Updated 10/21/2020

Chamber Website Numbers Grow

In this issue, I’m cutting right to the chase. Whether you’re a Chamber member or not, create a Google page for your business, it’s free. August was hot; everything was closed and not much to cheer about. Now one month later businesses are reopening, the weather is cooling... — Updated 10/6/2020

ARTTALK: J.D. Stowell, and The House of Borrego Springs Gallery

By Elizabeth Rodriguez The House of Borrego Springs Gallery began its autumn exhibitions with artist J.D. Stowell's Covido 19 paintings that organically evolved from Stowell's theme of profound anxiety, loss, helplessness impacted... — Updated 10/22/2020

Fifth Annual East County Junk Trail

The Fifth Annual East County Junk Trail is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s the lowdown: Print your map (, Facebook: @eastcountyjunktrail, Instagram: @ecjunktrail) and hit the road! Eleven stops on the trail. Mid-Century Modern,... — Updated 10/2/2020

Borrego Springs Unified School District

The Meal Service Schedule that has been in place since March 2020 has changed. Students who return to campus will receive breakfast and lunch at school on the days they are on campus, and breakfast and lunch for their non-campus days will be sent home with them at the end of the... — Updated 10/20/2020

WANTED: Girls, Women for Scholarships

The Soroptimist Club of Borrego Springs is seeking local girls, women, who dream of a college degree or vocational training to apply for the “Live Your Dream” scholarship award. The cash award may be used to offset any costs associated with efforts to attain a higher... — Updated 10/8/2020

Now on Deck: First Tracks 2020

Rams Hill Golf Club, recently voted Best Public Golf Course in Southern California by SCGA voters, is now inviting traveling golfers the chance to book a limited number of stay-and-play reservations and multi-day passes for their popular First Tracks season-opening event full of... — Updated 10/14/2020

Julian Chamber of Commerce Awards

Each year the Julian Chamber of Commerce and the Julian Merchants Association host a picnic to announce winners of the Merchant Awards. Due to the pandemic, this year’s awards were announced via a video posted on Facebook. Presented by the Chamber President, Michael Hart, and... — Updated 10/26/2020

Julian: Dark Sky Community?

A nearly four-year effort that could link Julian with Borrego Springs as an internationally recognized dark sky community is near completion. You might even say there is light at the end of the tunnel, however, that would be a... — Updated 10/20/2020

Ronald William De Long

Feb. 7, 1942 – Aug. 9, 2020 Ronald William De Long passed unexpectedly on August 9, 2020, in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of 78. His wit, wisdom, and dry humor are dearly missed. He was born in Los Angeles to the late... — Updated 10/5/2020

Drugs Worth Nearly $900K Seized

Border Patrol agents confiscated nearly $900,000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and fentanyl at the Highway 86 checkpoint. Three incidents occurred on Oct. 2. The first was around 7:35 a.m., when a 67-year-old man legal permanent resident from Mexico approached the... — Updated 10/14/2020

Agents Seize Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents seized over 16 pounds of methamphetamine in two separate events. The first incident occurred Sept. 26, at approximately 9:50 a.m., when a commercial passenger bus approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. Agents directed the bus to enter the... — Updated 10/14/2020

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