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De Anza Burns

A devastating fire has burned down the historic De Anza Country Club, causing nearly $2 million worth of damages. Shortly before 1 a.m., Cal Fire received a call from a nearby resident reporting that they heard an explosion at the... — Updated 11/21/2023


Brown is the New Green

Nearly all of California is officially out of the drought, but one emergency rule that targets bright green lawns is on its way to becoming permanent. A ban on the use of potable water on nonfunctional turf is one floor vote and a governor’s signature away from becoming reality.... — Updated 11/9/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"CA's New Budget – Some Positives"

California’s $310.6 billion budget for the new Fiscal Year was approved in mid-June. Trailer bills that make specific funding allocations for state agencies and programs are receiving approval and in many cases are still under review. As often happens, politically expedient... — Updated 9/14/2023


Burn Permits Suspended

Effective June 26, CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire has suspended all outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Areas of San Diego and Imperial counties. This suspension bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris and leaves, according to a news... — 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

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


De Anza Breaks Ground

A meeting and groundbreaking ceremony was held at the De Anza Desert Club on April 26. Prior to the groundbreaking, General Manager Ramien Shalizi presented various slides showing costs for the new landscaping and water management... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

More Hawks Than Ever

Borrego Hawkwatch 2023 is officially completed, but the count of migrating Swainson's hawks continues because of the unprecedented numbers of birds stopping in Borrego Springs on their journey north of South America. Officially... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Spring Rains Bring Continuing Bloom

The calls come in daily. Is it a Superbloom in Borrego? You could debate for hours over the meaning of super, spectacular or outstanding, but it might be more fun to just enjoy the wildflowers. And, who cares when you are... — Updated 4/28/2023


No to Solar

The County's favorite plan to reduce carbon emissions preferred option is to place large industrial scale solar projects in Jacumba, Borrego Springs and Boulevard. The plan, according to most environmental and ecological... — Updated 3/28/2023

 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

 By Nikki Symington    News

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


Budget Priorities

This week, the Governor released his $297 billion budget proposal. As suspected, the record revenues that contributed to last year’s $97 billion surplus have now subsided, and we are left with a projected $22.5 billion deficit, which could increase further, according to the Legi... — Updated 1/17/2023

 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

 By Dennis Dickinson    News

VIEWPOINT: If It's To Be It's Up To Thee

“The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart…” W. B. Yeats Ensuring a future water supply is inarguably the most important issue facing Borrego Springs; it is arguably the only one for if not successfully achieved then, in a relatively short time, nothing else... — Updated 12/20/2022


"An Ounce of Prevention…"

According to a recent Associated Press story, rural communities across the American west are losing access to groundwater as heavy pumping depletes aquifers that are not being replenished because of the megadrought plaguing the region. In California alone, more than 1,200 wells... — Updated 11/2/2022

 By Martha Deichler    News

Honorary Mayors, Rotarians Return from Memorable Trek to Mongolia

The enormous platter of fresh cooked mutton, beef, goat, horse and potatoes was ceremoniously placed on the table in front of us as a welcoming gift from the Mongolian-Kazak family. A cup of warm tea with fresh camel milk from... — Updated 9/19/2022


Salton Sea Project, Conservation Mandate Troubles

A new mandate on water conservation could pose a major impact on the Salton Sea. State officials have been busy this year to create a wetland habitat at the southern end of the lake. Vivien Maisonneuve, who works on the Salton Sea Program within the California Department of Water... — Updated 9/2/2022


DWR Launches New Web-Based Mapping Tool

A new web-based tool developed by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) will allow the public to explore thousands of groundwater projects across California to get a better understanding of one of the state’s most critical water supply resources. The virtual mapping tool is... — Updated 8/26/2022

 By Michael Sadler    News

Vagabond-4: A Very Short Trip

It was a dark and stormy night at Lake Cuyamaca, mid-afternoon white caps blowing their billowy, frothy tops like little volcanoes across the lake to the southeast, a complete reversal of yesterday's wind, where the view of the... — Updated 8/8/2022


"A Summer of Blackouts"

On May 20, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned that two-thirds of the U.S. could experience blackouts this summer. Earlier in the month, California energy officials warned that summer blackouts may continue for the next three summers. There’s... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Sycuan Donates to Bighorn Sheep Conservation Fund

The Sycuan Casino and Resort has donated $25,000 to Anza-Borrego Foundation that will be used to launch a Peninsular Bighorn Sheep Conservation Fund. The donated funds come at a time when bighorn sheep are facing survival... — Updated 7/12/2022


BWD Update

On May 13, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an Emergency Regulation in response to California’s prolonged drought. Following a series of below average water years, in 2021 – 22, most of the snow accumulation came from just two storms in December (202% of... — Updated 6/21/2022


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