Have you made your property tax payment yet? Managing editor Tami Roleff says time’s running out

Tuesday, April 10, is the last day to pay the second installment of property taxes to avoid a penalty. You can pay your property tax in any of several ways: In person, by mail, online, or over the phone.
To pay online, go to; by phone, call 909-387-8308 or 760-241-8829. If you choose to pay by mail, payments must be postmarked on or before April 10 to be considered on time. To pay by mail or in person, the address is 268 West Hospitality Lane, First Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92415-0360. Payments may be made from a checking or savings account, or by credit card. (There is a convenience fee for using a credit card, but not for using a bank account.) Late payments are assessed a 10 percent plus $10 penalty.


The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, April 9. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be from 9:30 to 3:30 at the Methodist Community Church, 6213 East Parkway Road in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.


What do you get when you cross a bunch of U.S. Marines, with the Los Angeles Police Department, and Sheriff Deputies from L.A. and San Bernardino for a competition that’s all guts and no guns?  You get one heck of a Tug-of-War. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says to save the date to watch the teams tug it out…

The Desert Refuge for Police Officers & Military Personnel, a local non-profit, invites you to a fundraising competition between the Marine Corp, Los Angeles Police, and the San Bernardino and Los Angeles County sheriff’s departments. It happens Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3961 Avenida del Sol in Joshua Tree. The contest includes qualifying events leading up to the day’s main event: a winner-takes-all tug-of-war. There will be other festivities plus food and refreshments, “live” entertainment, and an inter-faith prayer service. The event is free, but donations will be welcome. Funds raised will go toward expanding programs and services of The Desert Refuge for Police Officers & Military Personnel.


More than 90 percent of people think it’s important to have conversations about end-of-life care with their loved ones, yet fewer than 30 percent have done so. Reporter Rebecca Havely offers some tips on how to get started…

Planning for accidents or a sudden illness may feel awkward, but conversations with family members today can ensure your care preferences are honored and that your loved ones don’t have to guess what you want.  To get started, choose an advocate. Then, talk with your advocate and doctor about your future care preferences. Let them know what’s most important to you in life. Finally, write it down. Give copies of your plan to your advocate, family members and doctors. Update and review your plan whenever your preferences or situation changes, and have the document placed in your medical records. For more information, see a link in this story at


A state-enabled financing program helps homeowners pay for expensive improvements to their homes, such as new windows doors, solar, and heating and air conditioning systems. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about the HERO program…

Since 2013, more than 200 Yucca Valley homeowners have taken advantage of the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity program. The HERO program finances 100 percent of the costs to purchase and install approved energy-efficient, water-efficient, and renewable energy products, such as solar panels, windows, heating and air conditioning systems, and roofing. The costs are placed on the homeowner’s property taxes and repayments are spread out over 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. If the property is sold before the HERO financing is paid in full, the remaining payments may be passed onto a new property owner.


In high school sports Monday, the Yucca Valley High School baseball team hosts Coachella Valley High School at home. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m. The Yucca Valley High School softball game against Coachella Valley that was originally scheduled for March 22 has been changed to tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m. Also Monday, the Trojan tennis team hosts Desert Mirage High School at home, starting at 3:15 p.m.

The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Big Bear tomorrow. First pitch for both games is at 3:15 p.m.

The Twentynine Palms boys’ tennis team hosts Coachella Valley High School at home Monday, starting at 3:15.