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SDG&E Supports Teachers, Match Funds for Stem Projects

With a new school year under way, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is providing $250,000 in shareholder funds as matching dollars to help teachers supplement classroom education with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects. This is the sixth year that... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

Saturn's Changing Rings

Just about everyone's favorite planet is back in our evening sky once again. The ringed beauty Saturn reaches its "opposition" point in late August (officially on Aug. 27) when it appears as a fairly bright "star" that rises in... — Updated 9/14/2023


Big Moon A-Risin'

Make sure you're out at sunset on Wednesday, Aug. 30, to watch the beautiful full moon rise in the east. If it seems particularly large when it rises that night, that's because, well, it is. Not the moon's actual size, of course;... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Close to Tragedy in Maui

Sometimes vacations just don't turn out as expected. Sylvia Maas, resident of the De Anza Country Club, decided to take a breather between cycling races and training, and chill out with friends for a few days at her family home in... — Updated 9/14/2023


Senator Seyarto Selected as Republican Caucus Chair

Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is honored to accept the role of Republican Caucus Chair, as selected by Senate Minority Leader Brian Jones and his Republican Senate colleagues. Senator Seyarto will succeed Senator Janet Nguyen, who has served in the role since January of... — Updated 9/14/2023


Probation Helps Students Get Ready for School

San Diego County Probation officers partnered with STAR/PAL, a nonprofit youth organization at its Back-to-School event passing out 450 backpacks and supplies to help students start the school year off right. “We know how a child’s first day at school is a big deal, no matter... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

Heads Up for Two Coming Solar Eclipses!

A few years have passed since we in North America enjoyed a good eclipse of the sun. Over the next eight months, however, we'll experience two of them, and I want to give you plenty of warning to determine if, when, where and how... — Updated 9/14/2023


First Sheriff's Search and Rescue Bloodhound on Duty

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s first search and rescue bloodhound is now on duty, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday. Albert joined the department in January 2022 as a 13-week-old puppy, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Aquino. “After more than a yea... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

Chicken Little Right: The August Sky Is Falling!

Few sights are as thrilling as the fiery spectacle known as a falling star, also called a shooting star or meteor. Astronomers cannot predict exactly when or where a meteor will appear, but each year during mid-August, skywatchers... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: "Scaly-breasted Munia"

If you spot one of these little birds at your seed feeder, your first reaction might be, "oh, someone's pet has escaped from its cage." You would be partially correct. The scaly-breasted munia has long been a popular cage bird. It... — Updated 9/14/2023


County on Pace to Meet 2030 Climate Action Goals

The County is making climate action progress by providing clean air and water, green jobs and improving public health, according to the 2022 climate action report. The County is helping the community thrive by protecting the region... — Updated 9/14/2023


Rams Hill Plans

The BWD Board wanted to hear the latest about the future plans for Rams Hill, allow for public input and ask questions. Representatives from Rams Hill accepted the invitation and made a presentation to a standing room only crowd and BWD Board on September 8. The obvious issues... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Ernie Cowan    News

Visitor's View – Blair Valley

Summer can be a challenging time to visit Anza-Borrego Desert State Park as searing daytime temperatures create dangerous and unpleasant conditions. But evenings are often mild and comfortable and the desert's dark sky away from ur... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

Measuring the Cosmos

My regular readers have surely become accustomed to seeing some pretty big numbers. For example, in any one article, I might explain that our Milky Way galaxy is home to hundreds of billions of stars, that our sun produces 400 mill... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Dennis Mammana    News

My Longtime Celestial Friend

Summer is now upon us in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes a changing canopy of stars that always transports me back to childhood. It was a simpler, more innocent time – a time when neighbors sat on their... — Updated 9/5/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Water District Increases Future Water Supply

The Borrego Water District (BWD) has recently negotiated the purchase of two citrus ranches totaling 420 acres and 640 acre feet of associated permanent water rights. increasing the district’s future water supply by 640 acre-feet of water, to the current 1,583-acre feet in use.... — Updated 7/21/2023


Mercy Air, Permanent Operation

Since beginning operations adjacent to the Borrego Medical Clinic in July 2020, Mercy Air’s helicopter air ambulance has operated on a temporary authorization from the permitting agency, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), Division of Aeronautics. To give... — Updated 7/21/2023


Audit Request Approved

Following more than two years of objections to Liberty Healthcare and the CA Department of State Hospital (DSH) practice of hiding Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) in rural neighborhoods, an audit of the SVP Conditional Release Program (CONREP) was approved. Senator Brian Jones... — Updated 7/21/2023


Rams Hill Value Keepers

A big congratulations to Dunia Padilla, Rene Navarro, Dan Donnelly, Gabriela Ramirez, Efrin Vilchis, and Charles Thompkins for earning recognition as Rams Hill's Value Keepers for the 2022-2023 season. We commend these team... — Updated 7/21/2023

 By Nikki Symington    News

Borrego Water District Increases Future Water Supply

The Borrego Water District (BWD) has recently negotiated the purchase of two citrus ranches totalling 420 acres and 640 acre feet of associated permanent water rights. increasing the district’s future water supply by 640 acre-feet of water, to the current 1,583-acre feet in... — Updated 7/18/2023


New Grant to Help More San Diegans Get Online

The County is expanding its campaign to help more San Diegans get online. These new efforts will be rolled into the regionwide outreach efforts, allowing expansion thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission to tell people about the Affordable... — Updated 7/18/2023


SDG&E Awards $10M in Grants

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is awarding grants of $250,000 to $1 million to 21 community-based nonprofit organizations regionwide, enabling them to expand essential services for vulnerable residents who struggle with basic needs. The grants stemmed from the SDG&E Community... — Updated 7/18/2023


New Laws in Effect in CA

As we are midway through the year 2023, there are new laws going into effect in California as of July 1. These new laws range from recognizing a new state holiday, new acts, and the changing of compensation. Juneteenth (AB-1655) Juneteenth will now be recognized as an official... — Updated 7/18/2023


BWD Board of Directors Public Forum

At its June 13 meeting, the BWD Board of Directors held a Public Forum to select the replacement for the Alternate Community Representative to the Borrego Watermaster Board. The action was needed due to the resignation of Martha Deichler, who recently resigned to pursue another... — Updated 7/18/2023


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


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