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In Remembrance - Mike Salan

An informal gathering for hiker and adventurer Mike Salan will be held Tuesday March 14.... — Updated 3/9/2017

 

Crescent Venus at Dusk

It was during the early years of the 17th century that the Italian astronomer Galileo turned his new optic tube skyward. Many people believe that Galileo invented the telescope, but this just isn't so. The optical tool most likely... — Updated 2/9/2017

 

A Stunning Celestial Sparkler

Every year around this time, I can expect my email inbox to overflow and my phone to begin ringing. Folks who spend time outdoors during early-evening hours in mid-January frequently notice a brilliantly sparkling diamond low in... — Updated 1/11/2017

 

Well, That's a Star of a Different Color!

I've been gazing skyward for more than five decades, and in that time I've learned a few things. One is that novice stargazers have some deeply ingrained misconceptions about the heavens. For example, many think that we cannot see... — Updated 1/6/2017

 

The First Meteor Shower of 2017

If you missed the Geminid meteor shower of mid-December (and most of us did because of bright moonlight), you've got another chance. Not with the Geminids, of course -- they won't return until next December -- but with the... — Updated 12/29/2016

 
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Nature Watch

Seven species of bees have been put on the endangered species list. According to Gary Haldeman, this means that strawberries, coffee and avocados could disappear. Gray wolves are now on that list, and read about the Horned Toad Lizard that Fish & Game voted on Dec. 8 in Suzanne Ho... — Updated 12/21/2016

 

Viewing the Moonlit Geminid Meteors

It's December, and with it comes colder temperatures throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and the most prolific meteor shower of the year: the Geminid. Never heard of it? Well, that's not a huge surprise. If you ask beginning... — Updated 12/8/2016

 
 By Nancy Bye    Information

Nature Watch

Watching our weather is pretty interesting these days. Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday could not have been more lovely. Seventies, blue sky, calm. This is why we love living in our gorgeous valley. Saturday? Well, toward the end of Welk’s “God Bless America,” I smelled it.... — Updated 12/1/2016

 

Marshal South Writes Again

The enigmatic Marshal South is the controversial writer, poet, and artist who homesteaded on Ghost Mountain in Blair Valley. He and his wife Tanya raised three children on the waterless mountaintop during their experiment in... — Updated 12/1/2016

 

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park's Protected Lands Offer Unparalleled Night Sky Viewing

Escape the city lights and head to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for 600,000 acres of star- and moon-gazing beyond compare. The land conservation efforts of the Anza-Borrego Foundation have ensured that the dark skies visible in Anza-Borrego remain uniquely protected from urban... — Updated 12/1/2016

 

Spotting the Seven Sisters

One of the wonderful features of the nighttime sky is its timelessness. Want to see the stars as viewed by sky watchers of old? Simply step outdoors and look up. On December evenings, you can see a truly ancient constellation,... — Updated 12/1/2016

 

Buying Your First Telescope

Well, it's that time of year again. The holidays are barreling toward us like an out-of-control sleigh. If you're considering presenting that special stargazer in your life with a telescope this holiday season -- or buying one for... — Updated 11/23/2016

 

As the World Turns

We've all had those days when nothing seems to move. No matter where we are -- the highway, the line at the grocery store or the ATM machine -- everything is at a standstill. This happens much too frequently for my taste, so on day... — Updated 11/16/2016

 

School Board Meeting

The Borrego Springs Unified School District (BSUSD) Board of Directors met on Nov. 9 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Arie Korporaal, who won a seat on the Borrego Springs Unified District Governing Board the day before, started off the meeting recognizing... — Updated 11/13/2016

 

Here Comes the Super Moon!

Imagine that you stopped at your favorite Italian restaurant and ordered a 14-inch pizza. Now, suppose they brought you a 16-inch pizza by mistake. Think you would notice the difference immediately? If so, would you call the... — Updated 11/9/2016

 

Support the RAMS

PLEASE SUPPORT THE RAMS BOOSTER CLUB FUNDRAISER. THEY ARE TAKING ORDERS FOR BREAD, PIES, FRUIT BARS & MACAROONS FROM DUDLEY’S BAKERY. ORDERS MUST BE TURNED IN BY WEDNESDAY, NOV 9TH. BREAD WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP ON FRIDAY, NOV 18TH AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM... — Updated 11/7/2016

 

Count the Stars

How many stars are there in the universe? No one knows, of course, but Dr. Carl Sagan, on his popular 1980s television mini-series "Cosmos," said that there are "more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the... — Updated 11/2/2016

 

A Celestial Halloween

Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh, my! That's what many of us will be thinking this week and next as Halloween arrives and trick-or-treaters pound excitedly on our doors. We see costumes of monsters, superheroes, politicians and... — Updated 10/27/2016

 

Borrego's Little Haven

The Spa at Borrego Springs Resort held an open day Tues. Oct. 11, marking the start of Cindy Lainton's first winter season as manager. Food, bubbly and a raffle draw drew in the guests but it was the charm and professionalism of... — Updated 10/17/2016

 

ARIEL'S ATTIC At Julian Station

This is another in the series of businesses located in the Julian Station in Wynola, just west of Julian. Ariel's Attic (named for her Pug) is located inside the mini-mall, across from Cowboy Rendezvous. There you will find Ariel a... — Updated 10/14/2016

 

See the Dwarf Planet Ceres

It was on the first day of the 19th century that the Italian priest, mathematician and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi found a strange object in the sky that no one had ever seen before -- an "intruder" among the familiar stars of the... — Updated 10/13/2016

 

Venus and the Moon Return

If you haven't yet checked out Venus glistening low in the southwestern sky at dusk, now would be a great time to do so. Many people might have missed seeing it there because of low-lying clouds or mountains blocking the view. But... — Updated 10/3/2016

 

Out and About in Borrego

The ocotillos are blooming early this year helped by the day of rain, with tourists already arriving to take a look. After taking a short break from USCAL San Diego, two friends, Jeremy and Candy, wanted to see Borrego and the Anza... — Updated 10/3/2016

 

School Open House

The Borrego Springs Middle/High School welcomed family and friends to their open house last night, Thursday, Sept. 22. Parents had the opportunity to walk through their child's entire school schedule; as if they were living their... — Updated 9/29/2016

 

Finding Aquatic Constellations

After the flooding that some of our nation experienced this summer, I almost hesitate to bring this up. But of the 88 constellations that fill our night sky, 15 are somehow associated with water. Of those 15, several shine in our... — Updated 9/23/2016

 

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