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 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Fact of Borrego Springs

Wildlife is a fact of life in Borrego Springs; and, one that most enjoy. However, occasionally residents run into situations from injured to dead animals and don’t know where to seek help. For information on the San Diego County Services regarding wildlife call: 619-236-2341:... — Updated 11/21/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Fact of Borrego Springs

Wildlife is a fact of life in Borrego Springs; and, one that most enjoy. However, occasionally residents run into situations from injured to dead animals and don’t know where to seek help. For information on the San Diego County Services regarding wildlife call: 619-236-2341:... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Housing Action by State

Community meetings prioritizing issues for Borrego, always have low cost housing that meets the needs of a family, and different types of housing are at the top of the list. The following are some important housing bills passed by the legislature this year. For investors wishing... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Health Care, Good Communications Go Hand-in-Hand

Planning to get the latest Covid vaccination? If you want them now, you will have to leave Borrego to find a provider. Why? The Borrego Sun checked with both the Borrego Springs clinic and DAP’s office – the new owners and managers of the clinic, to find out about the status o... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Halloween: What's the Stigma?

Note: If you have black cats, as I do, do not let them out during the Halloween season. Unfortunately, too many people still believe black cats are either evil, or bad luck. Among the more reprehensible Halloween traditions are torturing or killing black cats. Black cats still... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Things that Keep Me Up at Night: DAP/BH

I have so many questions about Borrego Community Health Foundation (BH) – what’s left of it – and DAP, the new owners, I don’t know where to start. The first and most pressing is: Why hasn’t the Attorney General indicted any of the 40 alleged criminals, including... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Explore Wildlife with Watson

Anyone who regularly checks into Borrego’s Facebook – Borrego 92004 – is familiar with Julian Watson’s video posts of animals as they stop by a watering hole during their nightly escapades. There’s Bob the bobcat, scratching his back on his favorite tree posts. There... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Borrego Health: Still Padding for Profits

Meet Terry (Not his real name, but he is a real person). He recently told the following story to the Borrego Sun. When reviewing his medical records, Terry alleges, he discovered that Medicaid had been charged for services he did not receive. Persons illegally padding the... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Fall 2023 – Three Viruses: Flu, COVID, RSV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected a new SARS-CoV-2 variant labeled BA.2.86. The CDC is continually monitoring for new variants and studying their potential impact on public health and will continue monitoring BA.2.86 and other circulating variants of the... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

DAP Owns Borrego

The above is how David Brinkman, CEO of DAP, defines acquiring Borrego Health’s clinics and pharmacies. The following is about the future of the Borrego Springs assets – clinics and pharmacies – as told to the Borrego Sun by Steven Henke, spokesperson for DAP (formerly the D... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

A Strange New Sighting

Haboob means “blasting/drifting” in Arabic. It is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric/gravity current known as a weather front. Haboobs occur regularly in dry land area regions throughout the world. And are known to occur in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Coexisting with Bees is A Matter of Life or Death

Native bumble bees are essential to the resilience of both agriculture and native ecosystems, and the loss of these and other native pollinators can have far ranging ecological consequences. Bumble Bees are now listed as... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
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Close to Tragedy in Maui

Sometimes vacations just don't turn out as expected. Sylvia Maas, resident of the De Anza Country Club, decided to take a breather between cycling races and training, and chill out with friends for a few days at her family home in... — Updated 9/14/2023

 

DAP Takes Over Borrego Health

On July 31, DAP Health, a federally qualified Health Center (FQHC), became the new owner of Borrego Community Healthcare Foundation’s (Borrego Health) assets. Purchasing the 18 remaining clinics with the auction bid of $50 million, DAP Health, originally the Desert Aids... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Pigeons and Doves: Coexisting with Wildlife

There are five species of doves and two species of pigeons in San Diego County. Project Wildlife helps about 1,100 pigeons and doves every year. Most calls to Project Wildlife will be about Mourning Doves and Rock Doves (pigeons).... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Coexisting with Hummingbirds

There are seven species of hummingbirds in San Diego county and 80% of those that are brought into the triage center are Anna's hummingbirds. It's important to know that hummers need food often and have to stay warm so they should... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
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Official: BSFPD Transitions to Cal Fire

As of July 1, 2023, the Borrego Springs Fire District have officially transitioned into Cal Fire San Diego County Fire. The SDCFPD is managed and staffed under a contract with the state's Department of Cal Fire. "After months of... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Bats: Coexisting with Wildlife

In Borrego Springs we are surrounded by wildlife. These articles are about getting to know and enjoy our nonhuman neighbors and respecting their place in our community. At dusk bats can be seen silhouetted against the dusky sunset as the sun sets places, usually around water,... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Solar Farms: Taking Over

A lengthy article in the Guardian newspaper entitled, “How Solar Farms Took Over the California Desert: ‘An Oasis has Become a Dead Sea,’” by Oliver Wainwright, May 21, 2023, offers insight into the cumulative impact of utility scale solar plants on the desert’s populati... — Updated 7/21/2023

 
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Borrego Water District Increases Future Water Supply

The Borrego Water District (BWD) has recently negotiated the purchase of two citrus ranches totaling 420 acres and 640 acre feet of associated permanent water rights. increasing the district’s future water supply by 640 acre-feet of water, to the current 1,583-acre feet in use.... — Updated 7/21/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Water District Increases Future Water Supply

The Borrego Water District (BWD) has recently negotiated the purchase of two citrus ranches totalling 420 acres and 640 acre feet of associated permanent water rights. increasing the district’s future water supply by 640 acre-feet of water, to the current 1,583-acre feet in... — Updated 7/18/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Andrew Hayes Runs for State Assembly

Andrew Hayes, a self-proclaimed Republican Conservative, has announced his bid for the 75th Assembly District seat, which is currently filled by Assemblymember Marie Waldron. Despite his obvious partisanship, Hayes stated he has,... — Updated 6/26/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Revitalization Meeting Full of Surprises, All Good

At the Revitalization meeting held on May 16, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond has County staff on hand to respond to issues raised at the meeting and follow-up when called for. The objective is to create a... — Updated 6/15/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Desmond Questions RDF

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond prepared to make residents happy by announcing his office has placed an item on the May 24, Board of Supervisors agenda to revisit the skewed information that downplayed roof top and parking lot solar in favor of industrialized so... — Updated 6/13/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Rams Hill Adapts for Future

Rams Hill is evolving to meet the modern challenges of sustainability and water conservation. In a media release, the management announced Rams Hill's future plans, "as positive examples of 'adaptability' in the drought stricken... — Updated 6/13/2023

 

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