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Koko's Closes Its Doors

After 20 months in Borrego, Koko's Eclectic Boutique closed its doors at the end of Labor Day weekend. Owner Lisa Dills put the reason for the closing simply, "I can't afford to lose money month after month." Koko's sits in the... — Updated 10/3/2019


Borrego Springs: Hottest Place on Earth?

Weather experts around the globe say "this year" is the hottest year on record. Thanks to global warming, they've said that for so many years since 2000, it's become rather routine. So it came as both a reporter's dream and an... — Updated 10/3/2019


Rams Hill Seeks Flexibility in Development

The owners and managers at Rams Hill Country Club & Golf Course have requested that the County and Rams Hill enter into a legally binding development agreement “to confirm the previously approved development, without any increase in residential density or commercial intensity, w... — Updated 10/3/2019


Revitalization Committee's Progress

Leaders in the Borrego Springs community, under the direction and leadership of San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond and his staff, with County Department representatives in attendance, helped set up a framework for a Borrego Springs Revitalization Committee back on... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Michael Sadler    News

Iron Door Sold

The iconic iron doors of the aptly named Iron Door Bar in Ocotillo Wells are still open after escrow closed Sept. 6 on the $255K sale of the establishment. Originally built in 1969, and formerly owned/operated by Holly Turner since 1981, the Iron Door is on Split Mountain Road abo... — Updated 10/3/2019


Sponsor Group Approves GSP

In a unanimous decision by a quorum of members, the Borrego Springs Community Sponsor Group voted on Sept. 12 to approve the “Draft Final Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the Borrego Springs Groundwater Subbasin,” produced by our Borrego Water District/County Groundwater... — Updated 10/3/2019


Warner Super Hash Bust

The Drug Enforcement Administration raided a five-acre ranch off Chihuahua Valley Road in Warner Springs back in May, seizing 1,400 pounds of marijuana, hash oil cartridges packed for distribution, several guns and ammunition, and stacks of cash. It was called a “sophisticated h... — Updated 10/3/2019


Feds Investigate Patio

Principle controller Gina Champion-Cain of The Patio Group, the management company for La Casa del Zorro Resort and Spa operations for nearly a year now, is alleged in a complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to have spearheaded a five-year, $300 million... — Updated 10/3/2019


GSP Released

It's been four years since the U.S. Geological Survey published its seminal scientific Report on the status of Borrego Valley's groundwater. In those intervening years, our Borrego Water District (BWD), the County, a nine-member... — Updated 10/3/2019


Weather or Not

It was back on June 21, the Summer Solstice, when the max daily high temp last fell below 100º F. And for the next 81 straight days, we experienced temps at or above 100º F, peaking on Aug. 5 at 118º F. Then on Sept. 10, we hit... — Updated 10/3/2019


OWAC Recognizes the West's Top Outdoors/Adventure Media Communications Pros

Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) – the leading organization of professional outdoor media communicators in the western region – recently recognized nearly two-dozen recipients in their annual Excellence in Craft Awards. The awards program acknowledges... — Updated 10/3/2019


Tragic Fire Sparks Community Hearts

A tragic fire burned down the Bojorquez family home and all its contents on Double O Road, also causing severe burns to the father, Luis, and the loss of their beloved Pitbull/Labrador, Paloma. Their brand-new car was destroyed as... — Updated 8/22/2019


Sheep Searching, Counting

As Americans were enjoying fireworks and barbecues over the 4th of July weekend, an intrepid army of 84 volunteers were deployed to some of Anza-Borrego's most remote places to count bighorn sheep. Under the guidance of state park... — Updated 8/7/2019


Dark Sky Anniversary

Folks come to Borrego for many reasons, but high on the priority list is viewing the night sky on a moonless night. It was 10 years ago that Borrego Springs achieved International Dark Sky Community Status, and Dark Sky Coalition... — Updated 8/7/2019


ABDSP Offers Training Classes

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is excited to offer a training class this fall for people interested in becoming visitor center volunteers! Our volunteers take pleasure and pride in helping park visitors discover and explore the desert, and in being part of a team (including park... — Updated 8/7/2019


West Nile Virus Claims Life

The Imperial County Public Health Department confirmed on July 16 that Robert Mears, 74, of Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea shoreline, died July 4 at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center of complications from the West Nile virus. Imperial County health officials... — Updated 8/7/2019


My Journey into the Anza-Borrego Desert

Desert flowers were illuminated in the afternoon sun as my Jeep Wrangler descended the mountain slopes. A surreal window opened in front of me with a view of the Anza-Borrego desert valley. Far into the horizon I saw the... — Updated 8/12/2019


BWD Special Meeting Focuses on Answers to Public Questions

By Geoff Poole, Borrego Water District General Manager and Michael Sadler, Borrego Sun Staff Writer A special meeting of the Borrego Water District was held July 9, and along with the general layout for the term sheet for a stipulated adjudication (see article on front page, conti... — Updated 8/7/2019


The Patio Group, La Casa del Zorro to Elevate Resort

The Patio Group (TPG) announces its goals as managing partners of La Casa del Zorro – to make the resort and spa a leading destination in Borrego Springs, where travelers can relax amongst desert-style amenities and experience... — Updated 8/12/2019


SDG&E Rate Reform Rollout

A new rate reform structure that is now being rolled out for SDG&E residential customers will be going into full effect by 2021, about 18 months from now. The rollout is being slowly phased in by zip code (small business customers... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Michael Sadler    News

Point of View: A Tree Falls in Borrego

They were a beautiful pair of decorative palms at the RoadRunner Club pool area. Kind of like an old married couple who for more than half a century since the clubhouse opened was blessed with a symmetry soothing to the eyes as... — Updated 8/7/2019

 By Michael Sadler    News

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary at the Library

Anyone over 60 probably remembers where they were on July 20, 1969, the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. The Borrego Springs Library celebrated the 50th anniversary with a film that... — Updated 8/7/2019


ABF Aquires 10-Acre Parcel

The Anza-Borrego Foundation is pleased to share that escrow recently closed on a pristine 10-acre parcel in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park located between Inspiration Wash and Fonts Point. This brings the 2019 acquisition total to 304 acres. The two brothers who... — Updated 8/7/2019


Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy Wins Bipartisan Support

Ten members of the United States House of Representatives signed a letter in support of the Tubb Canyon Desert Conservancy’s (TCDC’s) multi-year project to discover a biocontrol agent that will be safe and effective in stopping the spread of Sahara Mustard (Brassica... — Updated 8/12/2019


Weather Or Not: Thunderstorms in Borrego

Borrego Springs experienced its first thunderstorm of the Summer on the afternoon of July 23, followed by two more consecutive days of afternoon thundershowers. Three days of consecutive thundershowers in Borrego has not been... — Updated 8/19/2019


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