CALIFORNIA CIGARETTE TAX GOES TO $2.87 A PACK STARTING SATURDAY

The cost of smoking cigarettes and vaping nicotine in California is going up Saturday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff gets out her calculator… If you’re a smoker, the cost of your habit is going up on Saturday, April 1. Last November, California voters approved Proposition 56, an extra $2 per pack

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TOMORROW IS CAESAR CHAVEZ DAY HOLIDAY IN CALIFORNIA

Friday, March 31, is Cesar Chavez Day, a legal holiday in California but not a federal holiday. Here’s a roundup of what’s open and what’s closed: Most state offices, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, and the county courthouse will be closed. The post office will be open, Morongo Unified

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50 PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR CALTRANS PRESENTATION IN MORONGO VALLEY

When Caltrans divided State Route 62 in Morongo Valley with delineators, many were skeptical of their claim that the plastic poles would enhance safety. But in the almost two years since they were installed cross median collisions there went from far above average to zero. Last night Caltrans presented their

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DAV SERVICE OFFICE IN JOSHUA TREE SATURDAY

The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office will be in Joshua Tree to advise and help veterans with questions about their rights, benefits, and claims. This service is free of charge, even without a membership to DAV. The DAV Mobile Service Office program will be held on Saturday, April 1

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SATURDAY’S RELAY FOR LIFE TO FEATURE LUMINARIA CEREMONY

The annual Relay For Life event features a luminary ceremony to commemorate people who have passed from cancer, give hope to those suffering with it, and to celebrate those who have overcome the disease. Here with more is reporter Rebecca Havely… The Relay for Life event will take place April

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LOW-COST RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY

The Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter in Twentynine Palms will conduct a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1. The cost is $8 per vaccination, cash only. Licensing for the city and county will also be available. All dogs must be on a

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YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CLUB COMEDY NIGHT SATURDAY

First Saturday events presented by the Yucca Valley Senior Club start this Saturday, April 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center. Admission is free for age 55+, $5 for under 55. To start off April Fool’s Day, they are hosting comedy night with a

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PASSOVER SEDER PLANNED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

Passover is just around the corner. Here with an invitation to this year’s community Seder is reporter David Haldane… Jewish residents of the Morongo Basin and Desert Hot Springs—including military personnel—are invited to a community Passover Seder on Thursday, April 13. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Desert, the

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OPENING RECEPTION AT GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY SATURDAY

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new exhibition, “Unnatural History,” Saturday, April 1. Featured artists are painters Ann Chevrefils and Marjorie Franklin. The opening reception is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Bill and Bob will provide live music. The Glass Outhouse is

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JOSHUA TREE TREENIAL THIS WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS CREATIVE EXPRESSION

For many, Joshua Tree carries an image of being on the frontier of creative expression. The upcoming Joshua Treenial promises to push that image as far as we seen yet, to a place called the “Event Horizon.” Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more … The Joshua Treenial begins March 31 and

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YUCCA VALLEY BEATS TWENTYNINE PALMS IN HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan softball team won Wednesday’s home conference game against rival cross-basin school, Twentynine Palms High School, by a score of 10-0. Haley Smith was the winning pitcher who pitched five innings with no runs, four hits, and no walks. She struck out Aliyaah Tenorio to

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports today, the Joshua Springs baseball and softball teams will travel away to Bloomington to play Bloomington High School. First pitch is at 3:15.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL DEALS WITH SAFETY AND STREET SWEEPING

Last night’s Twentynine Palms City Council meeting dealt, among other things, with keeping the streets safe and keeping them clean. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this story… If you plan on driving through Twentynine Palms anytime soon, pay attention to the rules. That’s the biggest takeaway from a

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY REMINDS YOU THE SALES TAX GOING UP SATURDAY

The Town of Yucca Valley reminds Morongo Basin residents that the new sales tax rate will take effect Saturday, April 1, as a result of voter-approved Measures Y and Z. The new tax rate will be 8¾ percent.

COPPER MOUNTAIN MESA ROAD ASSESSMENT FAILS

In recent weeks, property owners in Copper Mountain Mesa were given a choice through a mail in ballot measure. They had to decide whether to keep the annual $20 assessment for road maintenance at the present level of service, or shell out an additional $40 a year for much improved

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CAN EMERGENCY SERVICES FIND YOUR HOUSE?

You might not think about your house numbers on a daily basis, but making sure they’re visible can save your life. Every second counts when responding to an emergency call, and time spent trying to find your home is time wasted. Managing editor Tami Roleff has tips from the San

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GUNFIGHTERS FOR HIRE STARTS PIONEERTOWN PERFORMANCE SEASON SUNDAY

Gunfighters for Hire will be back on Mane Street in Pioneertown, starting this Sunday, April 2, at 2:30 p.m. The award-winning Gunfighters for Hire is a local western reenactment group watched by visitors from around the world and locals in Pioneertown here for years. The shows provide great entertainment for

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VIETNAM VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE SATURDAY

Attention Vietnam Veterans: Copper Mountain College invites you to a welcome home event this Saturday. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the invitation for veterans and friends… All are welcome to join in on this free event to welcome home Vietnam Veterans. The celebration takes place April 1 from 10 a.m. till

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UNEXPECTED CHANGES TO THE BIGHORN WATER BOARD LAST NIGHT

Last night in Landers, the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency’s regular meeting began with some unexpected board changes. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… Moments before the last night’s meeting of the Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors was called to order, Vice President Mike McBride announced that President Larry Coulombe

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TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE HIT-A-THON FUND-RAISER SATURDAY

The Tri-Valley Little League of Yucca Valley is raising money to purchase equipment for its players and ball fields with a hit-a-thon. The hit-a-thon will be held from 9 to 3, Saturday, April 1. The three players that raise the most money will win cash prizes. In addition, prizes will

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