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ALL Indoor Operations to Close

On July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all indoor operations statewide must close, which include restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment, zoos, museums, and cardrooms. Previously, this was only for those counties placed on the state's watch list,... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
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ABF Vision 20/20 Update

The Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF), official partner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, continues its efforts with the "Vision 20/20 Match Challenge." These proceeds go toward ensuring the assistance to the Park and to protect it,... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
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The Return of Jupiter

Summer skywatchers will soon be enjoying a couple of planetary visitors in our night sky. This week, the giant planet Jupiter returns to our early evening sky. Jupiter reaches its opposition point on July 14, when it appears... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Carizzo Geoglyphs

Standing in the Great Alone of the Carrizo Badlands I noticed a large swath of barren desert before me had been somehow altered by the hands of man. Broad lines stretching off into the distance had been carved across the desert in... — Updated 7/22/2020

 
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SD County Indoor Activities to Close

As of July 7, all San Diego County indoor activities, bars, card rooms, wineries, tasting rooms, theaters, zoos, museums and family entertainment centers, have been ordered to close. The guidance originated from the state after San Diego County appeared on California's watch list... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
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Niland Devastated

Residents were left to pick up the pieces, after a massive brush fire that killed one person and destroyed 37 homes, torched its way through Niland, just east of the Salton Sea, on June 28. The fire started near Highway 111 and... — Updated 7/20/2020

 
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Borrego WaterMaster Board: Meeting News

The June 25 Watermaster Board (WMB) meeting was short for the public since it was mostly held in closed session. However, it was quite long for those who sit on the Board since interviews were held in closed session for the position of Executive Director/Technical Consultant. Jim... — Updated 7/16/2020

 
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Two Men and Our Town

Every Thursday at 4 p.m. in a retail space next to the Bike Shop in "The Mall," Thomas Fredericks' and Jim Wermers' food distribution project provides food for about 150 families, which is about 450 people at current count. Thomas... — Updated 7/16/2020

 
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Shadeway on Pause

The sidewalk and shelter/shadeway improvements recommended by the Borrego Village Association for key downtown Borrego areas has been put on hold, as are many other projects on the list for San Diego County due to budget crunches because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement... — Updated 7/16/2020

 
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San Diego County Placed on Watch List

A record number of COVID-19 cases were reported on July 2, and the state has notified the County it will be placed on its Monitoring List July 3, which is expected to result in the County closing or placing new restrictions on additional businesses next week. San Diego County... — Updated 7/13/2020

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News 

The Dark Skies of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Editor's Note: This article was originally prepared as part of Anza-Borrego Foundation's annual fundraising appeal. It has been edited for the Borrego Sun. ABF is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting... — Updated 7/13/2020

 
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David Dale Resigns

Calexico City Manager David Dale announced his resignation at the city council meeting on July 1, amid the allegations he was being paid to work for the Borrego Springs Water District. In his resignation speech, Dale said, “I always acted like every dollar we spent here, every... — Updated 7/13/2020

 
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Small Businesses & Non-Profits

I know that the last three months have been extremely difficult for small businesses and non-profits. While I’ve advocated to open up businesses in a safe manner, there is still a 15% unemployment rate, and that will rise with the latest round of closures in early July. In... — Updated 7/9/2020

 
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Library Delays Opening

The re-opening of San Diego County Library branches with in-person services has been delayed, which was slated for July 6. All 33 branches will continue to offer contactless door-side service. Borrego Springs’ door-side service will be from Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
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Dr. Kathy Sullivan: Hybrid Astronaut and Oceanographer

The International Space Station was engaged with experiments and welcoming new arrivals on June 9. It was steadily working on its 15+ orbits, circling faster than 17,000 miles per hour then suddenly the land line rang. It was... — Updated 7/8/2020

 
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Travelers to NY, CT, NJ to Quarantine for 14-Days

California is one of 16 states who will now be asked to quarantine for 14-days when traveling New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, announced on June 30. The 16 states are: California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona,... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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Restaurants Must Close By 10 p.m.

Restaurants that serve food with alcohol must close by 10 p.m. each night, beginning July 1. Guests already dining at 10 p.m. may stay until 11 p.m. Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered bars and indoor dining at restaurants to close in 19 counties. San Diego is not on the list, but... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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Real Estate Sales Strong in Borrego

It started out like any ordinary season with homes selling at a good click and people flocking to our area to enjoy the many attractions the Borrego Springs area has to offer. The economy was running on all cylinders, unemployment was at levels not seen in decades, the stock... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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RAAM, RAW Canceled

Amid the uncertainty over public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, Race Across America and Race Across the West has been canceled this year, according to a statement. Both events will be put off until 2021. The annual race, which is... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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Anza-Borrego Foundation Vision 2020

The Anza-Borrego Foundation (ABF), official partner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, is undertaking an unprecedented campaign and series of events in coming weeks to ensure it can continue to assist the Park and protect it and... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

If you're looking for a celestial challenge this week, you're in luck. On the night of Saturday, July 4, you might want to pay close attention to the full moon. If you do, you may be treated to a celestial phenomenon that few, if... — Updated 7/6/2020

 
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Bars, Breweries, Winers to Close

With the number of cases continuing to rise in California, San Diego County has ordered all bars, wineries, and breweries that do not serve food to close, beginning July 1. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who is currently quarantined at his home after coming into contact with someone... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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Celestial Second Bananas

Back in the days of burlesque, there was a skit in which the comic was given a banana after delivering the punch line to a very funny joke. This may be the origin of the term "top banana" – a reference to someone reaching the... — Updated 7/2/2020

 
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Borrego WaterMaster Board: Fifth Board Member Appointed, Staff and Legal Counsel Hires Underway

The June 11 WaterMaster Board Meeting Agenda was devoted to deliberations in a session closed to the public for the purpose of appointing Legal Counsel and an Executive Director/Technical Consultant. It is possible some or all of the firms who responded to the announcement of thes... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
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Summer Pricing Reduced for SDG&E Customers

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) residential customers will see a 5% reduction in summer pricing to help alleviate concerns about higher energy bills due to hot weather and people spending more time at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Public Utilities... — Updated 7/1/2020

 

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