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Red Ocotillo Expands

Work is being done outside of the Red Ocotillo to expand their dining with a better feel of "farm to table." The Red Ocotillo is building a pergola in its garden. "It's an extension of our outside seating and a great addition to... — Updated 5/27/2020


Another Case in Borrego

Another case has been confirmed in Borrego Springs, bringing the total to two, according to the San Diego County's latest report April 30. More information to follow. Borrego Springs contracted its first case on April 15, by a person who traveled to the town from... — Updated 5/27/2020


BWD: Pay Online

The Borrego Water District now offers its customer the option to pay online with a check, credit, or debit card. In order to cover the costs of processing payments, there is a 2.75% per transaction charge (+$0.50 if its under $100), which will be added to the total of the bill.... — Updated 5/22/2020


Borrego Testing Site, May 14 to May 16

Borrego Springs will have its first drive-by testing, held at The Mall on May 14 to May 16 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Only 50 tests will be conducted per day, for a total of 150. The drive-by testing will be open to the public without reservations, however, those who do have... — Updated 5/22/2020

 By Nikki Symington    News 

Soroptimist Helps to Flatten Curve

Like many organizations pulling together to help this little village of Borrego Springs to get through this pandemic, the Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs has stepped up to offer free informational flyers and masks.... — Updated 5/22/2020


Rams Hill Opens

As of May 1, Rams Hill Golf Club has opened its golf course to play. “We are taking this seriously and we know the balance between golf and health concerns is tricky, especially in these challenging times,” Harry Turner, General Manager and COO, said in a statement. “So as... — Updated 5/15/2020

 By Martha Deichler    News 

For the Love of Borrego

Is it luck or are we actually implementing the necessary preventive measures to keep COVID-19 away from our community? With only one case known so far, many of us are holding our breath in anticipation of what could turn our village upside down with the horror and sadness of a pan... — Updated 5/13/2020


Scheduled Surgeries Can Begin Again

Governor Gavin Newsom announced on April 22 that elective surgeries may take place once again. It was the first step state leaders took towards reopening California. Hospitals had stopped performing elective surgeries to make beds available for an expected surge of coronavirus... — Updated 5/13/2020


Curbside Pick Up, Safe Reopening Plan

From the County News Center: As more San Diego County businesses prepare to reopen, it is important to remember that only curbside pick-up will be allowed, and no customers should be inside the premises. Governor Gavin Newsom announced modifications to his order to allow more... — Updated 5/13/2020


FDA Approves Emergency Use of Promising Drug

It is not the miracle drug many are hoping for to be able to prevent the coronavirus, or treat it on-hand, but it’s a start to help speed up the recovery for those who contract it. The emergency use of an experimental drug appearing to help patients recover faster was approved,... — Updated 5/13/2020


ABF Recognizes Ralph Singer

On March 7, Anza-Borrego Foundation President Dick Troy presented former Trustee Ralph Singer with ABF's first Desert Warrior award. The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and... — Updated 5/13/2020


LCDZ Scheduled to Reopen May 15

La Casa Del Zorro Desert Resort and Spa is re-opening May 15, and to celebrate, they are waiving resort fees. The Bistro is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (to-go only). No bar, but alcohol is available. The gym and yoga are currently not open, per Governor’s orders. All... — Updated 5/13/2020


4.5-Magnitude Earthquake

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook Borrego Springs May 10, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 3:08 p.m., 17km SE of Ocotillo Wells and 20 miles from Salton City with a depth of 10 km. There were no reports of structural damages or inju... — Updated 5/13/2020


Rams Hill Open For Remainder of Season

Rams Hill Golf Club has opened for operation, as of May 1 with special limited-time rates. They have opened under strict operating protocols implemented by the State and San Diego County to ensure the health and safety of all of their guests and employees. In accordance with Gover... — Updated 5/13/2020


A Community Member's Report on Borrego's WMB

This monthly report is not meant to cover everything that occurs in the Watermaster Board Meetings, but I will try to include enough to keep Borregans informed. In future reports I hope to include some mini-interviews about questions or items of interest by talking with... — Updated 5/13/2020


Trump Orders 60-Day Suspension on Green Cards

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on April 22 to temporarily suspend the issuance of green cards, affecting those seeking permanent residency, not temporary workers. This order would include "certain exemptions," but has declined to outline the specifics. "In light... — Updated 5/13/2020

 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Hawk Watch Season Ends, Fewer Visitors

The annual Borrego Springs Hawkwatch ended for the season on April 12 with a tally well below seasonal averages and compounded by challenges because of the Coronavirus. The annual spring event is a citizen-science project devoted... — Updated 5/10/2020


Clinic Makes Changes

Due to COVID-19, the Borrego Medical Clinic has been hit with major financial strains. As a result, they have had to make some drastic changes. In a statement, the clinic said, "Over the last eight weeks, across our organization, we have experienced a dramatic shift in the way... — Updated 5/8/2020


Supervisors Unanimously Approve Framework

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the guidelines to begin reopening the local economy. The framework was outlined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Supervisor Greg Cox, and includes five criteria for businesses to follow as they reopen. Employee Health: - Requires Personal... — Updated 5/8/2020


Phased Reopening

County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten went over the federal criteria the County have met so that it can move forward and ease even more of the local restrictions in her health officer order. The County has met four of the five federal criteria for reopening: - The County has... — Updated 5/8/2020


From Essential to Safe

San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond has been trying to get San Diego back to work. His initiatives have included a video interview virtually everyday, and the launch of a website. He is keen to get the economy of the County moving again. This is the statement that... — Updated 5/8/2020


Informed Delivery Program, USPS

The US Postal Service Informed Delivery program is available for residential PO Box holders. (not yet available to small businesses). You need to register for this service, but once you do, you can see a scan of the envelopes of your mail online. So if you are waiting for letter,... — Updated 5/8/2020


Reopening Unlikely

Despite the urgency of many to go back to a somewhat “normal” everyday routine, Governor Gavin Newsom has not announced any directive of when California will reopen. Newsom said he does understand everyone’s eagerness to reopen, but assured the decision will be solely based... — Updated 5/7/2020


Task Force Update

Dear Residents of Borrego Springs, The Task Force would like to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in Borrego Springs and California, and to offer some thoughts on how the next few months are likely to play out. It has been just over a month since the State order to... — Updated 5/7/2020


Jones Named to Special COVID-19 Senate Committee

Sacramento State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) has been named to the Senate Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response. Jones and 10 other Senators were appointed to the committee on April 15 by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). “I am ready to serve... — Updated 5/7/2020


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