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For Sale: Bighorn Fudge

After 25 wonderful years of operation of The Bighorn Fudge Factory, Andi and Lee Bosworth have decided to retire. Lee told the Borrego Sun, “We will reopen The Fudge Factory on October 4th and run it until we find a qualified buyer.” Adding, “We are grateful for our many... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

Fall 2023 – Three Viruses: Flu, COVID, RSV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has detected a new SARS-CoV-2 variant labeled BA.2.86. The CDC is continually monitoring for new variants and studying their potential impact on public health and will continue monitoring BA.2.86 and other circulating variants of the... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Fire in Warner Springs

A fire blazed through a maintenance building at the Warner Springs Ranch Resort on Sept. 12, and caused an estimated $100,000 worth of damage. Shortly before 8 a.m., crews responded to the 2,500-sq. ft. metal-walled structure in the 31600 block of state Route 79, according to Cal... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Yvette Urrea Moe    News

County Receives National Recognition for 54 Programs

The County of San Diego won 54 Achievement Awards this year for standout programs from the National Association of Counties, which recognizes excellence in county government. The County won awards in 15 categories including county resiliency, human services, information... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Tracy DeFore    News

Postcards Go Out to Registered Voters for Nov. 7 Elections

More than 430,000 postcards have been mailed to registered voters in the Fourth Supervisorial District, Fallbrook Public Utility District and Rainbow Municipal Water District listing their voting options for the Nov. 7 special election. Only the voters who live in each of those... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Visitor's View: Metal sculptures

It's that time of the year when temperatures have been well into the triple digits, but that's no reason to stay away from some of the interesting and unique things Borrego Springs has to offer. One of those attractions is a... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Meter Upgrades Planned at BWD

At the September 12th BWD Board Meeting, a review of the selection process and schedule for the planned installation of Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) occurred. On December 7, 2022, the BWD entered into a Grant Agreement with the State of California Department of Water... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

75th District Incumbent Assemblywoman Marie Waldron Endorses Andrew Hayes

Six-term Assemblywoman and former Republican Minority Leader Marie Waldron announced her endorsement of conservative Lakeside School Board President Andrew Hayes in the race for the termed-out Republican’s 75th District Assembly seat. “I’ve spent more than two decades... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Dennis Mammana    News

Seeking Messier's Gold Mine

Back in the late 18th and early 19th centuries – long before anyone had any real idea of all that lay out there among the stars – a French astronomer spent his nights scouring the sky for his prey. Charles Messier scanned the h... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News

Nature Watch: "American Kestrel"

While more common to coastal and inland areas of San Diego, the American kestrel is a small, but colorful raptor found in Anza-Borrego. Lacking oak woodlands or stands of sycamore trees, the kestrel nests in eroded alcoves of... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

New FM Radio Station for Borrego Springs

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted a permit for the construction of Radio Station KOZA(FM), 90.5MHz at Borrego Springs, California to Community Public Radio, Inc. (CPR). The Christian ministry has decided to sell and assist a qualified non-commercial entity... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Brown is the New Green

Nearly all of California is officially out of the drought, but one emergency rule that targets bright green lawns is on its way to becoming permanent. A ban on the use of potable water on nonfunctional turf is one floor vote and a governor’s signature away from becoming reality.... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 By Nikki Symington    News

A Strange New Sighting

Haboob means “blasting/drifting” in Arabic. It is a type of intense dust storm carried on an atmospheric/gravity current known as a weather front. Haboobs occur regularly in dry land area regions throughout the world. And are known to occur in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Hantavirus Positive Test

A deer mouse collected during routine monitoring near Mount Laguna on Aug. 24 has tested positive for hantavirus. Hantavirus in wild rodents is relatively common in San Diego County. This is the seventh routine detection of hantavirus in the region for calendar year 2023. The... — Updated 11/9/2023

 
 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 11/9/2023

 
 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 11/9/2023

 
 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 11/9/2023

 

Kesling's: New Management

Kesling’s Kitchen is under new management. Chris Vassar and Solomon Bello are leading a group who have taken over the lease of Kesling’s. He tells the Sun that there will be major refurbishment undertaken with plans to open in the coming year. Stay tuned. More details coming... — Updated 10/30/2023

 

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 10/30/2023

 
 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

 

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

 

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

 

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