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 By Nikki Symington    News 

BCHF: New Challenges Ahead

People ask what’s happening with the FBI/DOJ investigation into Borrego Health, and wonder why there’s no news in the paper? The answer: It’s an investigation. The FBI and DOJ don’t share information on investigations that might compromise the court case, or prejudice an... — Updated 6/7/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News 

Supervisor Jim Desmond

He’s definitely on a fast track, serving constituents from Oceanside to Borrego Springs. He and his staff move quickly on an issue; he even talks fast. The mission: Get things done. A relative outlier in government, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond likes... — Updated 6/4/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News 

Salary Issues Continue to Plague the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District

The Borrego Springs Fire Protection District (BSFPD) has agreed to a $100,000 settlement with twenty-five firefighters, following a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuit filed, May 2020. According to an order filed on May 11, 2021, in California federal court. U.S. District... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News

The Facts of Emergency Air Evacuation in Borrego Springs

The previous article in the Borrego Sun, April 15 issue, (Page 15) on emergency airlift evacuation which attempted to explain costs and comparisons of the two services available in Borrego Springs led to one conclusion: Digging further into the weeds, legal, insurance... — Updated 5/27/2021

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Borrego Celebrates Mexican Mother's Day with a Little Help from Friends

Even though the pandemic threatened to close down important celebrations, Borregans have risen to every occasion with ingenious ways to be thankful and show appreciation for the special people in our lives. One such celebration,... — Updated 5/24/2021

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Borrego Expands Paramedicine

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal from District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond to explore the feasibility of implementing a paramedicine program within the San Diego County Fire Protection District. The recommendation, which called for an expanded delivery... — Updated 5/24/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego's Human Safety Net: The Borrego Ministers Association

One thing that makes Borrego Springs a special place to live is the way the community cares for the most vulnerable and needy. Due to the isolation and distance from urban centers and urban social services, when the pandemic hit the community hard, volunteers, businesses and... — Updated 5/13/2021


BVEF Abandons 2nd Clinic

The Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (BVEF) announced Pioneer Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD) has withdrawn from negotiations to operate a new medical clinic in Borrego Springs. The announcement was made via a press release from Dr. David Garmon on April 25, 2021. Bruce Kelley,... — Updated 5/7/2021

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BVEF-REACH Agreement Expires

In rural Borrego Springs, a person or persons, suffering from an injury, onset of a critical illness or medical condition that can be fatal or trauma-related, is 75 miles from the nearest hospitals equipped to deal with such events. Where life and death are literally a matter of m... — Updated 4/29/2021


California Expands Vaccine

California Public Health updated its vaccine guidelines to open eligibility on March 15 to public transit workers, commercial airline workers and those living and working in congregate living spaces, including people experiencing homelessness and those in federal immigrant... — Updated 4/29/2021


BCHF: Exits Non-Medical Services

New Non-Profit Management Needed to Keep Borrego Springs’ Frugal Coyote, Children’s Center and Mountain View Assisted Living Cottages Open. Borrego Health is looking for people to take over the operations of the non-profit, Frugal Coyote Boutique and Resale Shop, the... — Updated 4/23/2021

 By Nikki Symington    Arts

BSPAC Announces Fall Schedule

After being dark for a year, the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center (BSPAC) is announcing a series of fall performances, beginning with the Annual Opening Gala, November 20, 2021, featuring the four-part harmony of the MoonRays and Cufflink Crooners. The MoonRays harmonize... — Updated 4/6/2021

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Big News on COVID-19 Vaccinations

California takes a big step to stop the virus by extending COVID-19 vaccine eligibility on April 1 to everyone aged 50 and older, then to everyone aged 16 and older on April 15. Blue Shield is expected to take full administrative control on March 31. This opens the window to... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Nikki Symington    Arts

BSPAC: "Bring Up The Lights"

The Performing Arts Center, like so many other organizations in Borrego, was financially hurt by having to cancel its seasonal program last year due to the pandemic. Despite a dismal year in revenues, the Center’s Board of Directors aren’t looking back, but forward to the... — Updated 3/22/2021


BCHF: One Clinic or Two?

When the only health care you can afford, or count on to provide adequate treatment whether long-term or occasional – can’t deliver, what do you do? In the case of the Borrego Springs Clinic, the Borrego Sun’s solution was to find out what’s going on at the Borrego Communi... — Updated 3/4/2021


BCHF: Temporary Reprieve

Individuals covered by Medi-Cal/Medicaid insurance can continue receiving medical services at the Borrego Springs Clinic, as the result of a temporary agreement reached by the state Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF)... — Updated 3/3/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News

Goodbyes to Paul and Andrea Taylor

Andrea and Paul Taylor are leaving Borrego and moving back to England. Since 2008, Anyone calling ABDNHA has heard Andrea Taylor’s voice on the phone recording. She will be missed at ABDNHA and by Borrego’s young “Dreamers.” When the fate of these children, known as Deferr... — Updated 3/3/2021


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

 By Nikki Symington    News

Vaccine Arrives

The Borrego Sun has diligently been trying to track down answers to “where” and “when,” while also making the powers that be understand that Borrego Springs residents live in a rural desert community. An isolated village, which, not only has a limited supply of water, but... — Updated 1/27/2021


BCHF: So, Are They Open or Not?

People contact the Borrego Sun regularly with questions about the clinic. They ask, “Why aren’t they answering the phone?” Or, “Is the clinic still open?” And now, “When can we get our coronavirus vaccinations?” The Sun takes answering questions from the public very... — Updated 1/27/2021

 By Nikki Symington    News

The Invisible Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health

Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic problems to be faced in 2021. With the progress in vaccines, it may be possible to better manage the physical impacts and dangers of COVID-19. However, between a sigh of relief based on widespread vaccinations, assuming that occurs... — Updated 1/19/2021


BCHF: Finally Speaks

Three Borrego Community Health Foundation Trustees – Martha Deichler, David Hernandez and Sandra Hansberger – took the Borrego Sun’s repeated requests for transparency seriously, and floated a one-page flier in the community. The flier, signed by the three BCHF Trustees... — Updated 12/31/2020

 By Nikki Symington    News

Soroptimist Secret Santa's Deliver

The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown didn’t keep Santa Claus from coming to town. Santa’s Borrego friends collected and delivered big boxes of food and overflowing gift baskets containing $100 in Soroptimist Secret Santa cash to needy families on Dec. 18 and 19. People... — Updated 12/31/2020


DHCS Stops BCHF Funds

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) confirmed the state has suspended Medi-Cal claims for Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) due to the current Department of Justice/FBI investigation into the... — Updated 12/25/2020


Nothing Here to See…

According to reliable sources, Dan Anderson, chairman of the Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) Board of Trustees, is telling people, including federal officials, the FBI, and DOJ investigations of the Foundation are limited to a few dentists. Same story Daryl Priest,... — Updated 12/9/2020


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