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 By Phillip Reese    News 

Heat-Related Deaths Are Up

Heat-related illness and deaths in California and the U.S. are on the rise along with temperatures, and an increase in drug use and homelessness is a significant part of the problem, according to public health officials and data from the Centers for Disease Control and... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News 

Find the Celestial Dolphin

One of the tiniest constellations in all the heavens now appears high in the eastern sky after dark. As small and faint as it is, it's not all that difficult to locate, and it's one that I love to share with the public during my... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Shauni Lyles    News 

County Achieves National Public Health Reaccreditation

The Public Health Services (PHS) department, in the County of San Diego’s Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA), received national recognition for its continued progress in keeping the region healthy, safe and informed about public health issues and concerns. PHS achieved... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Annual Bighorn Sheep Count Results Tallied

Mild summer temperatures and an abundance of natural food for bighorn sheep resulted in a unique year for volunteers who participated in the annual Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Bighorn Sheep Count. Results of the count were... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Nature Watch: "Tarantula Wasp"

Fall is tarantula season in Southern California and desert travelers may see more of the large, hairy spiders out looking for a mate this time of the year. That also means you might encounter a large, colorful wasp that is one of... — Updated 9/14/2023


Grant Funded Projects Update at BWD

Borrego Water District is in the middle of a multi year Capital Improvement replacement program and making great progress on critical improvements. Following is an update: Waste Water Treatment Plant Monitoring Wells - COMPLETE: BWD operates a 250,000 gallon per day conventional... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Celestial Events Bring Visitors to Borrego

It looked more like mid-winter on the dark-sky weekend of mid-August as eager sky watchers flocked to Borrego's famous dark skies to get a good look at the annual Perseid Meteor shower. There were mini-traffic jams in town, hotels... — Updated 9/14/2023


Hilary Brings the Rain, Wind

Southern California braced for the impacts of Tropical Storm Hilary, as it brought strong gusty winds and heavy rain on Aug. 20. California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for much of Southern California, with... — Updated 9/14/2023


District 4 Election

The District 4 Supervisors race will go to a runoff election this November, after no candidate received more than 50% of the vote. The runoff will be between the top two candidates, Monica Montgomery-Steppe (D) and Amy Reichert (R). The successful candidate will fill the vacant... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News 

Wildlife: Coexisting with Bees is A Matter of Life or Death

Native bumble bees are essential to the resilience of both agriculture and native ecosystems, and the loss of these and other native pollinators can have far ranging ecological consequences. Bumble Bees are now listed as... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Visitor's View – Desert Survival Handbook

An old desert sourdough once warned me, "everything you encounter out here either pokes, bites, scratches or stings." With more than 50 years of sand in my boots, I can truthfully say that's an accurate statement. From the... — Updated 9/14/2023


Teen Struck in Warner

A 16-year-old was killed on July 30 after he was hit by a vehicle while riding his skateboard in Warner Springs, a California Highway Patrol Officer said. According to CHP, the incident occurred around 8:05 p.m. on State Route 79, north of Peralta Drive in Warner Springs. The... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Pigeons and Doves: Coexisting with Wildlife

There are five species of doves and two species of pigeons in San Diego County. Project Wildlife helps about 1,100 pigeons and doves every year. Most calls to Project Wildlife will be about Mourning Doves and Rock Doves (pigeons).... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

A Celestial Time Machine

If you've ever wished you could travel back in time like Marty McFly in "Back to the Future," you may be out of luck. But if you'd like to stay right where you are and see into the past, well, that's something you can do quite... — Updated 9/14/2023


New County-Led Partnership Begins Riverbed Outreach

A County-led partnership awarded nearly $17 million in State funds to help people experiencing homelessness along the San Diego River had its first outreach event Wednesday. After setting up a central assistance point using the Live Well On Wheels mobile office, the outreach team... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: "Snake ID"

Summer in the desert often means you might encounter snakes, especially at night when they are more active while trying to avoid high daytime temperatures that can be life threatening for them. Unlike mammals, snakes are unable to... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

The Celestial Dragon

As August arrives, the full moon will overwhelm our night sky with its light. But once the moon leaves the early evening sky later in the week, you might enjoy getting out and searching for Draco, the dragon. Now, Draco isn't one... — Updated 9/14/2023


Anza-Borrego Home Electrification Pilot

On July 27, the Department of Energy (DOE) released long-awaited guidance on the federal home energy rebates made possible by the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes an allotment of $582 million in rebates for California. New research conducted by the Beneficial... — Updated 9/14/2023


Study of Softeners Underway

During August, the Borrego Water District will be initiating a process to quantify the number of in home water softeners in its sewer service area. The data gathered and subsequent Study is required by the State of California as part of BWD Discharge Permit to operate its Wastewat... — Updated 9/14/2023


Push for Change Continues

Local elected leaders in San Diego County continue to push for changes to the methodology used by Liberty Healthcare, CA Department of State Hospitals (DSH), and the Superior Courts concerning how and where SVPs are placed on Conditional Release and public safety. Their letters ta... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Visitor's View – Inspiration Wash

The days may be sizzling right now, but it's not too soon to begin planning those fall desert adventures when mild weather and the vast open spaces of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park welcome your exploration. A good way to launch... — Updated 9/14/2023


Rams Hill Recognized

Once again, Rams Hill has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses in their latest biennial rankings for 2023- – 24. Rams Hill moved up in the rankings from 98th to 91st. “We are honored and humbled to be a part of this very... — Updated 9/14/2023


SDG&E Credit

Given the increase in natural gas prices, the distribution of gas and electric climate credits for 2023 will be accelerated to provide some winter bill relief to customers. As a result, rather than receiving your gas credit in April and your electricity credits in August and... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Wildlife: Coexisting with Hummingbirds

There are seven species of hummingbirds in San Diego county and 80% of those that are brought into the triage center are Anna's hummingbirds. It's important to know that hummers need food often and have to stay warm so they should... — Updated 9/14/2023


Mountain Biker Dies

After assisting in the search for four hikers, a mountain biker died in the Carrizo Gorge area of the Jacumba Mountains on July 15. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office later identified the good samaritan as 24-year-old Kai Torres Bronson of Otay Mesa. The incident... — Updated 9/14/2023


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