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Escrow Closes on Parcel

We recently closed escrow on a ten-acre parcel within the Anza-Borrego Desert State Wilderness area (formerly Sheep Canyon Wilderness Area). This remote parcel, accessible only by foot, sits at about 2,600 feet in elevation and is... — Updated 6/27/2022

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Nature Watch: "Indigobush"

The colorful Schott's indigobush is one of those spring wildflowers that you might smell before you see it. This member of the pea family is also known as Schott's dalea and can be found in many areas of Anza-Borrego Desert State P... — Updated 6/27/2022

 
 By Dennis Mammana    News 

Seeing the Solar System

Many celestial phenomena excite stargazers, but few are as cool as the one you can see during the next two weeks. Your only challenge will be forcing yourself to head outdoors before sunrise! If you do, and if you have a very low... — Updated 6/27/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News 

75th District Race – Marie Waldron vs. Randy Voepel

During this year’s political redistricting, Borrego Springs was moved into the 75th State Assembly District. Formerly represented by Randy Voepel of the 71st District, Borrego voters had two candidates running in the June Primary to represent the 75th. They were Voepel (Rep.),... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
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Gubernatorial Primary Election Results

The races were on for the 2022 Gubernatorial Primary Election, as candidates looked to be in the top two spots to run in the state’s gubernatorial election on Nov. 8. Under California’s “top two” primary system, the first and second-place finishers in all statewide races,... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
 By Sanjiv Nanda    News 

Community Input Invited on Proposed Dollar General Store, La Casa Del Zorro Solar Project

The June 2 Sponsor Group meeting opened with John Wells of La Casa del Zorro providing an update on fencing and landscaping around their solar project at the intersection of Borrego Springs Road and Yaqui Pass Road. La Casa is work... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
 By Michael Sadler    News 

Vagabond Tour 3: Paradise Found

When you haven't seen an old friend in over 20 years, you wonder how they've changed. And how their environment has changed. Not a problem with Richard, he's still exactly the same as when I helped build some of his house in Three... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
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BWD Update

On May 13, 2022, the State Water Resources Control Board approved an Emergency Regulation in response to California’s prolonged drought. Following a series of below average water years, in 2021 – 22, most of the snow accumulation came from just two storms in December (202% of... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
 By Dennis Mammana    News 

The Twilight Zone

If you find yourself occasionally checking around for times of sunset, it might never have occurred to you to ask the question: "Just what is sunset, anyway?" Seems like a ridiculous question; everyone knows what sunset is, right?... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
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RAAM Returns June 14 – June 18

Mark your calendars... Race Across America and Race Across the West are back in action for 2022. This rigorous competition will have over 200 ultracyclists from 20 nations participating, including Borrego Springs' very own, Sylvia... — Updated 6/21/2022

 
 By Sarah and Lee Rogers    News 

NOT WANTED

In 2021, our Borrego Springs and Ranchita communities experienced problems with critical community feedback reaching Judge David Gill and the District Attorney's office prior to scheduled placement reviews for Sexually Violent... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

Steering Committee Report

The Board and Chief Hardcastle of the Borrego Springs Fire Protection District (BSFPD) have kept our fire department operating despite budget constraints that have made it difficult to retain and recruit firefighters/Paramedics, to replace an aging ambulance and fire engine and... — Updated 6/16/2022

 

ABDSP Annual Seasonal Park Closures

The annual seasonal Park closures below will be effective June 1 – September 1. - Coyote Canyon from Anza to 3rd Crossing or vice versa. Coyote Canyon is open to the public from Coyote Canyon Entrance (Di Giorgio Rd) to 3rd Crossing - Vern Whitaker Horse Camp - Tamarisk Grove... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
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3.6-Magnitude Quake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.6 struck the morning of June 3 in Warner Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was centered north of Julian, and occurred at about 3:50 a.m. at a depth of about 6.7 miles. It was felt in parts of northern and... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
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Measure the Moon's Movement

Gertrude Stein had the right idea when she penned the words "a rose is a rose is a rose" because its meaning applies to so much in life, including stargazing. For instance, when astronomers measure the cosmos, we do so in degrees.... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
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Missing Man Found in Field

A man who was reported missing in Borrego Springs was found deceased on May 24, San Diego County sheriff's investigators, said. Kim Michaelis, 63, was last seen walking near Borrego Springs Resort on May 23 wearing a dark shirt... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
 By Ernie Cowan    News 

Nature Watch: "Bats"

As summer heat reaches triple digits, desert residents and visitors typically move their outdoor activities to evenings or after dark. In those fleeting moments of waning daylight, or in the glow of artificial lights, the... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
 By Michael Sadler    News 

Vagabond: The Short and Dusty Road

I headed out of Borrego mid-morning on Mother's Day, right into a blinding dust storm east of the airport. If the wind had been any stronger, it would have flipped the left-curve arrow 180-degrees and propelled me along the short... — Updated 6/13/2022

 
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When You Need Emergency Medical Air Transportation

The Borrego Valley Endowment Fund (BVEF), through its contract with MERCY AIR, covers emergency medical air transportation costs for year-round and seasonal residents. You are covered even if your medical insurance plan does not... — Updated 6/6/2022

 
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BSFA Supports SDCFPD/CalFire

An open letter to Borrego Springs... Dear Borrego, Let me introduce myself, my name is Brian Lozano and I am the president of the Borrego Springs Firefighter's Association (BSFA), local 4160. For the past 61 years, the Borrego... — Updated 6/6/2022

 
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On the Ballot: Randy Voepel

The race between Assembly Members Randy Voepel and Marie Waldron for the 75th Assembly District is important to Borrego. Since Voepel has represented Borrego in the 71st Assembly District, one might wonder why he is running... — Updated 6/6/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News 

Dave Myers, SD County Sheriff Candidate

Dave Myers, a 35-year veteran of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, and retired Commander of the Rural Divisions, including the fact he served in one, is sensitive and aware of the issues facing the rural outposts. All... — Updated 6/6/2022

 
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BWD Receives State Grant for Water Tanks

The BWD Board will be considering a Final Agreement with the California WaterBoards for grant funding to replace 4 aging water reservoirs and one emergency diesel motor that does not meet current air quality standards. The combined cost estimate for the Projects is $2.1 M and BWD... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
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SDG&E to Possibly Raise Rates, Double Digits

As if San Diego Gas & Electric rates aren’t already high enough, a new potential rate increase is in the works, with customers to possibly look at $18 more per month on their bills. The proposal is SDGE’s 2024 – 2027 budget, also known as ‘general rate cases,’ which... — Updated 6/2/2022

 
 By Nikki Symington    News 

CalFire: Overwhelming Vote

The Borrego Springs Firefighters Association, Local 4160, has also voted for consolidation with the San Diego County Fire Protection District. (See press release given to the Borrego Sun, May 20, in the May 26 issue). The five-member Board of Directors of the Borrego Springs Fire... — Updated 6/2/2022

 

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