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 By Nikki Symington    News 

Stewardship Council, Visions

Visions Du Jour: What are the main characteristics of a vision? Research on visionary leader – suggests that visions have five characteristics: a picture, a change, values, a map, and a challenge. At the recent Stewardship Council meeting a speaker brought up the need for Borreg... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News 

BVSC Elects New Members

The Borrego Valley Stewardship Council (BVSC) elected its 2023 slate of Team Leaders at its annual meeting, April 12, in the Borrego Library. The elected Team Leaders are: Bri Fordem, Anza-Borrego Foundation; Kathy Dice, Borrego Water District; Martha Deichler, Borrego Springs Uni... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

What's Happening to Birds?

Recognizing the Work of Borrego Springs Dark Sky Community, during International Dark Skies Week, April 15 – 22, this article in the continuing series on species extinction, focuses on light pollution and birds. Light pollution is literally killing birds. This sad and important... — Updated 4/28/2023

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Local Resident Celebrates San Diego Chorus Award

Sally Theriault, Borrego Springs resident, retired Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Interpreter and President of Borrego Springs Soroptimist club, is a proud member of the San Diego Chorus, which was recently awarded "second place"... — Updated 4/28/2023

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Veternarian Shortage

“My cat died in the veterinary hospital because I couldn’t get an appointment with his veterinarian when he first showed signs of being ill. It was too late, by the time we took him to an emergency clinic.” Sound too familiar? It’s even more difficult raising pets in... — Updated 3/28/2023


BH: Judge Approves Sale

Judge Laura Taylor, San Diego County U.S. Bankruptcy Court, has approved DAP Health’s bid to acquire substantially all the assets of Borrego Health. This follows the Feb. 15, 2023, announcement that the Borrego Health Board of Trustees had selected DAP Health’s $50 million... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

SDC Power Comes to Town

Borrego Springs residents and businesses will soon be receiving fliers announcing that as of April 1, 2023, the community will be buying power from San Diego Community Power (SDCP), rather than San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). By law, all residents must be given 60-day and... — Updated 3/16/2023


Borrego Health Sale

DAP Health was chosen by the Borrego Community Health Foundation Board of Trustees to acquire the Borrego Health clinics and remaining assets through an auction held as part of the Foundation’s Bankruptcy Court proceedings. This after FBI/DOJ raids in 2020; fumbling around for... — Updated 3/6/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Going, Going, Gone

One of the things people love about living in or visiting Borrego Springs is the wildlife, the experience of encountering unfettered and uncaged nature. Confronting a Bighorn Sheep; finding the prints of an elusive Bob Cat on the patio; hearing the quiet hoo of Horned Owl; the... — Updated 3/6/2023

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One Tree Too Many: Borrego Objects Ordinance

Borregans continued to voice their opposition to trimming palm tree skirts at the second public meeting with CalFire Battalion Chief Alex Elward, on the County’s Defensible Space Ordinance, at the library on February 7. There were a number of changes in Chief Elward’s... — Updated 2/24/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Dimming Solar Power

On December 15, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided that, effective April 2023, new California solar customers will experience an 80% cut in a key solar incentive. Clean energy advocates warned that the proposal would discourage Californians from “going sol... — Updated 2/7/2023


Borrego Objects

The Borrego Cares Group (BCG) has joined the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), and AB Staffing Solutions, in filing an objection with the Bankruptcy Court to Borreg... — Updated 2/2/2023


Borrego Health: A Brief History

The history and transitions of the Borrego Springs Clinic is tied and bound to the vision of Borrego’s founders. It’s a tale untold and sometimes confusing. There are gaps or perhaps inaccuracies in the history due to the lack of documentation, and much must be garnered from t... — Updated 2/2/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Water Emergency Declared

The Metropolitan Water District (MWD), which provides 55% of San Diego County’s imported water supply, declared a “Regional Drought Emergency,” on Dec. 14, 2022, calling for the entire region to further cut back water use as all imported water supplies are stressed by... — Updated 1/10/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Fire Prevention, Creating Defensible Spaces in Borrego

CalFire is coming to Borrego Springs to educate the community about the County’s Defensible Space laws; and waiving enforcement actions for the removal of combustible materials until July 1, 2023. The meetings will be held at the Borrego Library, Thursday, January 19, at 4... — Updated 1/6/2023


Can Caring Group Save Clinic?

With the bankruptcy filing, and now the proposed auction of the clinics, and all of Borrego Health’s assets, it’s very difficult to predict how one, lone, local clinic will fare. And, as an essential element of a vital and healthy home town, the fate of the Borrego Springs... — Updated 12/20/2022


Borrego Health Gets High Marks from the Patient Care Ombudsman

A Court report finds Borrego Health is delivering quality care at all of its clinics, despite its financial and legal challenges. The latest media release from Borrego Health’s spokesperson, Dan Kramer, proudly announces that Borrego Health’s Patient Care Ombudsman (PCO)... — Updated 12/2/2022


BH: Request to Auction Clinics

In what Borrego Health Board of Trustees is calling, “A proactive decision to protect continuity of care for at risk patients,” a media release dated Nov. 11, 2022, announced, “A formal process to explore options for transferring operations of Borrego Health clinics to a... — Updated 11/28/2022

 By Nikki Symington    News

New Private Well, Potential to Contaminate Public Water Sources

In the process of approving a new residential well in the northern end of the Borrego Springs’ aquifer, problems of increased pollution in a nearby Borrego Water District well, moved the Borrego Water District (BWD) and the Watermaster staff to require the owner install... — Updated 11/14/2022


With Whom Do We Share Our Water?

Are any of the plants and animals in our valley dependent upon the same groundwater we humans are? This is the question at the center of a $1M study created by a partnership of the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy (TCDC), the University of California, Irvine, and the San Diego... — Updated 11/4/2022

 By Nikki Symington    News

Supervisors Vote to Transfer BSFPD

Wearing hats as Directors of the San Diego County Fire Protection District (SDCFPD), the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Jim Desmond’s request to dissolve the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District (BSFPD) and transfer it to the San Diego County Fire... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Nikki Symington    News

Supervisor Desmond BS Revitalization Committee Updates

“From the very beginning of Jim Desmond’s term as the San Diego County District 5 Supervisor, he has focused on how Borrego Springs works as a small rural community with no local government. He started by bringing County staff members to meet with Borrego residents to... — Updated 11/2/2022


One Last Shot at Survival

From its meteoric rise to the “fastest growing, largest, and most expensive federally qualified Health Center (FQHC)” in only a few years; and after three years continuous reporting of alleged fraud and corruption, culminating in an ongoing FBI/ DOJ investigation, the Borrego... — Updated 10/12/2022


BCHF Timeline of Events

The Borrego Community Health Foundation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after receiving a notification from the California Health and Human Services that payments for Borrego Health Medi-Cal services will be suspended Sept. 29. Following is a timeline of events, predating the susp... — Updated 10/12/2022


Bankruptcy Facts, Contacts, Important Dates

To file credit claims, file legal representation, follow all motions, pleadings and other documents use the free access site of Information may also be obtained for a fee at, or the court’s website. Contact may... — Updated 10/4/2022


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