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 By Nikki Symington    News 

Kendall's Original Uniform

The original waitressing uniform worn by Laura "Burnand" Caminiti in 1968, while working at the Mall Café, now Kendall's Café, is on permanent display in The Mall, at the Café. The framed dress was donated by BJ and Pete Marsh... — Updated 1/24/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News 

BSFPD Paramedics...

In 2017, the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District (BSFPD) was in trouble: Not enough money to keep up with the competition in attracting and keeping seasoned personnel, especially paramedics. The trucks, ambulances, and medical equipment had come of age, and passed it. Funded... — Updated 1/14/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News 

La Casa Del Zorro's Ruben Bernal Retires

Ruben Bernal is retiring after 30 years as La Casa Del Zorro's Bell Captain. Curly Williams, resident manager, called Ruben Bernal's retirement after 30 years, "An end of an era." "Ruben is an institution at La Casa. He is known... — Updated 1/14/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Stays in District 5

A reshuffling of San Diego County's final redistricting maps for five supervisorial districts presented at the December 9 public meeting showed that Borrego Springs had been switched from Supervisorial District 5 to District 2.... — Updated 1/6/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Dreaming

On December 10, the Borrego Valley Stewardship Council (BVSC) invited Borregans to dream about the future of the village, and the community came prepared. The public forum was held at the Borrego Library, with a virtual online platform for others to attend. In what was intended... — Updated 12/29/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    School

Borrego Springs High School Graduate Earns Her First White Doctor's Coat

Ashanty Rangel, a 2021 graduate of Borrego Springs High School, and a first-year medical student at the Universidad Quetzalcoatl, in Mexico City, Mexico, along with her fellow students in the Nuevo International Program of the... — Updated 12/29/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Original Art Made Personally for Christmas Gifts

The Borrego Springs Soroptimist Club and Coldwell Banker Real Estate combined to do a personalized make your own Christmas gifts event with children and adults, painting a variety of Christmas ceramics offered by Tami of Paint it... — Updated 12/21/2021

 

BCHF: 113 Employees Laid Off

Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) announced permanent layoffs of 113 employees that are currently employed in the Borrego Health Billing Department, and clinics in Barstow and San Bernardino. The employees will be terminated on February 1, 2022, according to a December... — Updated 12/15/2021

 

BCHF: Looking for Good News – An Editorial

There’s been a kerfuffle on Borrego’s social media over how the bad news the Borrego Sun is constantly reporting about the Borrego Springs Community Health leadership is damaging the morale of the Borrego Springs clinic’s employees. Then, there are those who claim to be... — Updated 12/9/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Dreaming: Shaping the Future

The Borrego Valley Stewardship Council (BVSC) is holding a visioning forum for its 50-organizations and all interested parties on the future of Borrego Springs, 5, 10, 20 – 50 years from now, on Dec. 10, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. held at the Borrego Springs Library, 2580 Country Club... — Updated 12/9/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Two Build A Village: Co-Honorary Mayors, Jim & Anne Wermers

After building the 20-home community – Desert Shadows – in De Anza Golf Club, in 1992, Anne and Jim Wermers of San Diego, decided to become residents of Borrego Springs, and began fulfilling a vision of resurrecting a town... — Updated 11/19/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

New at the Senior Center: A Dementia Support Group

When Joy McBride moved to Borrego Springs from Wisconsin this year, she began looking for volunteering opportunities. She was quickly snatched up by the Chamber of Commerce, holding down the office in the morning, and as volunteer coordinator for Borrego Days. Then, she discovered... — Updated 11/12/2021

 

BCHF: Where's the Money?

The multiple and alleged fraudulent practices of Borrego Community Health Foundation (BCHF) have no relationship to the Borrego Springs clinic. Clinic employees had nothing to do with the legal mess that the former CEO’s, officers, and Trustees created. The problems came from... — Updated 11/1/2021

 

BCHF: Fighting Back

Bruce Hebets, deceased, and Daryl Priest are going to court to answer accusations of committing fraud, using inflated office rents, and 30-year-leases to steal millions from the state’s Medi-Cal, and Medi-Cal Dental, insurance funds meant to provide healthcare for underserved... — Updated 10/15/2021

 

BCHF 990 Finally Arrives

September is National Fraud Prevention Month. So, guess what came in the mail today from the Borrego Health Community Foundation? Nothing less than the Borrego Health 2020-IRS 990 Tax return, which had been requested since the due date, which is typically June 30, the end of the... — Updated 10/13/2021

 

COVID Booster Shots Authorized

It is official. As of Sept. 24, the COVID-19 Pfizer booster shots were approved. These are not the same as third shot of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines approved last month for people with severe underlying health issues. Who is eligible for the Pfizer booster shot? - Adults 65 ye... — Updated 10/4/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    Arts

Lights, Camera, Action!

Lost that Christmas magic? Not looking forward to Holiday celebrations? Alicia Wszelaki, co-owner of Path 88 Productions, and Russell Webb have an antidote. It's called "A Gift for All Ages," and will premiere at the Borrego... — Updated 9/28/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

SVP Respite

On August 23, 2021, Liberty Healthcare/CONREP informed San Diego Superior Court they were requesting Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Merle Wakefield complete additional treatment at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) prior to his release into the community. Superior Court... — Updated 9/7/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

SVP Wakefield Protestation

The Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, along with the De Anza Club management and members took leadership in organizing the community to protest the housing of Merle G. Wakefield, under the supervision of Liberty/CONREP. They... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

SVP: NOT WANTED IN BORREGO

Merle Wade Wakefield, a sexually violent predator (SVP) will be moving to De Anza Country Club, unless Borregans convince Superior Court Judge David Gill that the multiple offender poses a threat to the community, living in the... — Updated 8/23/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Goodbye and Thank You!

The Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force came together because people were concerned about the spread of the deadly pandemic in Borrego Springs with its large portion of residents at high risk of hospitalization and death, especially given its remoteness from hospitals and public... — Updated 8/4/2021

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

HEAT: Plant Die-off

Hello Borrego Springs. This is a wake-up call. Living in Borrego and the amazing Sonoran Desert that surrounds the community, you probably thought the desert was heat tolerant and immune to Global Warming. Hey, it’s already a desert, how bad can it get? Well, according to a... — Updated 7/16/2021

 
 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

 

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