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 By Jeannie Beck    News

WATER: Proposition 218 Considerations

Since we depend on public water utilities to ensure the safety of our water, we ought to pay attention to cases where water providers have failed, often with catastrophic health consequences, and avoid their mistakes. After the publicity surrounding Flint, Michigan’s lead... — Updated 5/6/2016

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Borrego Days Music

There was a great variety of music for the 50th Anniversary of Borrego Days this year. It all started on Friday evening with local favorites, 'Borrego Blues and Dance All-Stars,' with Dennis Franklin, Harry Joe Reynolds, Sheldon... — Updated 11/4/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

New Border Drug Tunnel Found

On Thursday Oct. 22, ten tons of marijuana were seized from a tunnel with a rail-car that was designed to smuggle drugs from Tijuana into San Diego. The passageway was ventilated, lit, built with metal beams, nine feet underground, and close to 2,600 feet long. Sixteen people... — Updated 10/28/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Doctors on Probation Proposal

According to the Director of the Safe Patient Project for Consumers Union, Lisa McGiffert, the interests of patients should be put first, and the Medical Board of California should require doctors on probation to inform those they treat. “Patients should not be kept in the dark... — Updated 10/28/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Borrego Springs - Veterans Day Celebration

Veterans Day will be celebrated on Nov. 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Christmas Circle. The public are invited, along with veterans and the American Legion. Nov. 11 became a Federal holiday in 1938 and was called "Armistice Day." After... — Updated 11/9/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News
Books

Lizard Tree Library

The Slab City Lizard Tree Library is a cobbled-together building housing wooden shelves of books and a small children's area on a floor of sand. There are paintings on the walls and ceilings between gaps that let in the sunlight... — Updated 10/12/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Hand Cyclist Pursues World Record

Andre Kajlich's goal is to set the world record in 24 hours on a hand cycle. After losing both legs in a train accident in Prague in 2003, Kajlich decided, "out of the bad can come a lot of good." Andre's first big race will be... — Updated 10/21/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Supervisors Advocate For Removal And Relocation Of Spent Nuclear Fuel

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, with Supervisor Greg Cox recusing himself, on Tuesday, Sept. 15 to send a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, urging them to get the nuclear waste still being stored in the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station out of San... — Updated 9/24/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Monsanto's Roundup Reevaluated

In March, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer reported that glyphosate (one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The California Environmental Protection Agency announced on September... — Updated 9/11/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Renewable Energy Bill - Still Not Promoting Rooftop Solar

California lawmakers are anxious to pass a climate and energy plan before the legislature closes the door on another year. Governor Jerry Brown’s priorities include a 50 percent cut in oil use, a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in existing buildings, and a 50 percent... — Updated 9/10/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    Towns

Action On Ailing Salton Sea Urged

Imperial Irrigation District (IID) General Manager Kevin Kelly and Imperial County Executive Officer Ralph Cordova requested more action on the ailing Salton Sea at a State Water Resources Control Board meeting Thursday. Kelley sai... — Updated 9/24/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

California's Levees Susceptible To Disaster

There’s a problem with a network of levees at the center of California’s plumbing; a freshwater confluence called the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Most of the state’s water is drawn from the delta, which is protected by poorly constructed levees from another era. If... — Updated 9/1/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    Arts

Artistic Gate Coming to U.C.I. Desert Research Center

Metal-man Robert Schooley's creatively forged gate for the U.C.I. Desert Research Center is approaching completion. Many months ago Schooley was offered a rough 2D drawing for the gate but he has taken the idea to another level.... — Updated 8/27/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

World Congress Desalination Event To Be Held In San Diego

Global water experts will meet in San Diego at the end of August to look at southern California’s pioneering technologies for easing world-wide water shortages. The IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse was last held in San Diego in 1999. The Carlsbad seawater... — Updated 8/13/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Contaminated Water To Reach Largest U.S. Reservoir By Wednesday

Three million gallons of toxic water were accidentally released from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado on Aug. 5 by workers from the Environmental Protection Agency. The toxic water contains heavy metals, including arsenic... — Updated 8/14/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Slab City Ministry Assistance

Ernie and Debbie Loza and other volunteers go to Slab City each month to deliver food, water, clothes and donated essentials to the people living in Slab City. Slab City was constructed in 1942 as "Camp Dunlap" to prepare Marines f... — Updated 8/13/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

San Diego Residents Urge Governor to Stop Fracking

An outdoor, interactive, family-friendly, fracking-themed giant art project and petition drive in Ocean Beach is just one of over a dozen events scheduled this weekend as part of a statewide response to growing opposition to fracking. On August 1 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. local... — Updated 7/30/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Inspiring Journey Of A Wounded Vet

Toran Gaal left San Diego on June 1st to hand-cycle across the country towards Arlington, Virginia. At the end of the first day he was put up for the night by Orchard Hill Country Inn owners in Julian and received visits from the American Legion and John Baca, a medal of Honor... — Updated 8/3/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Growing Up Heckle

Resident of Shelter Valley, Rod Johnson, has a pet raven. He's given the raven a name, knows his favorite foods, and communicates with him. He'd like to see "Heckle" be independent though. Rod hopes Heckle will learn to socialize... — Updated 8/5/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

State of Emergency Declared Due to Weekend Storms

Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom recently declared a state of Emergency in six California counties- San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern. Widespread damage to public and private facilities- inspired by Hurricane Dolores- was caused by flash... — Updated 7/23/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

21-Gun Salute For Cecil Knutson

Dianne Bedwell said her partner of 29 years, Cecil Knutson, made a wrong turn when they were searching for a short-cut to a son’s house for dinner last Mother’s Day. The couple were stranded in their car after it got stuck on a rock while Knutson was attempting to turn it... — Updated 7/16/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Misuse of Water in Times of Drought is World-Wide Activity

Here are a few examples of how we use, or rather misuse our precious water supplies around the world. California residents have been forced to reduce their water use as bottled water, fracking, and big Agro companies continue to pump water. Nestle and other companies, including... — Updated 7/16/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Borrego Springs Reduces Water Usage by 16%

At the Borrego Water District meeting this morning, July 14, General Manager, Jerry Rolwing announced that the community of Borrego Springs has reduced its water usage by 16 percent from June 2013 to June 2015.... — Updated 7/16/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Solar Lake Effect Leads To Lawsuit

Two federal agencies are named in a possible lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity which claims they have failed to protect an endangered bird (Yuma clapper rail) at desert solar projects. Over the past 15 months one of these birds has been found dead at the 550-megawatt... — Updated 7/16/2015

 
 By Jeannie Beck    News

Closest Twin to Earth Found

Astronomers just announced they've discovered the "closest twin to earth," seen so far. It's the smallest planet found orbiting in the habitable zone of a star and at about the same distance that earth orbits the sun. The twin to... — Updated 7/28/2015

 

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