Tag: Food

The Birthday Fairy Has Officially Kicked Off the Party!

Trina dressed up as the Birthday Fairy in January, as a kick-off stunt for the Senior News Sweet 16 party. We hope you were at Victor Valley College to watch the Passport Travel film on the Great Canadian Train Ride on January 19. It was a great show! During Intermission Trina came out on stage to announce the fun things in store for our senior readers during 2014. Because the Senior News entered its 16th year on January 1, we decided to celebrate! We’re going to have a lot of fun, and we want you to be part of it. If you want to make sure that you find out about all of the upcoming events that we are planning, we’d like you to go on our website,, and make sure to enter your email address. Like I’ve said before, if you don’t have an email address, get your son, grandkid, nephew, or even your neighbor to let you use theirs. Because we have some really great parties planned, and we also have some fantastic prizes to give away. The best way for us to get the word out to a lot of people is by email. We aren’t going to share your information with anyone else. We just want to be able to contact you so you can enter our prize drawings, and so that we can contact you if you do win a prize! If you’ve been reading our Sweet 16 articles, then you probably already know what we’re up to, but let me just run it by you one more time:
  • The Senior News is also the Desert News Post! We actually publish the Jess Ranch Bulletin, the High Desert Community News, and the Desert News Post weekly. Now if you are looking at the photo of Trina as the Birthday Fairy, you are probably thinking, “she’s a publishing mogle?” And, the correct answer is “Yes, she is.”
  • What’s so great about a new website? Why now? We wanted to do something really exciting for our Sweet 16 birthday. Our readers (you) have been wanting more than the printed version could give. And we listened to you.
  • More and better articles. There is always more information than can be published in print each month. Articles are short to make room for photos. Now, lengthier versions of articles and more articles will be available on the website.
  • More photos! There just isn’t enough room in the printed paper to publish them all! On the website, there are Galleries where you will be able to find your photo from an event, and keep it for your own personal use. Note: photos may be downloaded, but are for personal use only.
  • It’s like getting extra copies of Senior News! Although there are over 700 drop points where we have Senior News, people still can’t find them sometimes. Now, you can read individual articles or look at the PDF version on our website!
  • Calendar of Events. We have a great, up-to-date website calendar.
  • Printed version. The Senior News is still printed and distributed.
  • Be Uplifted and Entertained. You’ll find book reviews, special ways to shop for items you need, and other fun and exciting things are happening. Be sure and tell your friends!
  • Stay Informed. Sign up for email blasts on the website. Like the “Desert News Post” page on Facebook. Follow “Sivertspub” on Twitter.

BOE Action Simplifies Pricing for Mobile Food Truck Items

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) recently made pricing of food sold from mobile food trucks more friendly by changing a regulation to presume that sales tax is included in the listed price of the food.

It’s not easy doing business in California, especially if you’re always on the move,” said Board of Equalization Member George Runner. “Hopefully this simple change will help make life a little easier for California’s growing mobile food industry.”

Right now, food truck operators must post signs stating that tax is included in the listed price. Many do not, and are then required to pay the tax rate that applies to their listed prices. This can result in confusion on the amount owed, as operators may sell food from several locations with different tax rates in any given day.

This new regulation will allow food truck operators to charge the same price no matter where they are, and later calculate how much tax they owe for the locations where the sales are made. The BOE has created a convenient, online mapping tool where truck operators can enter the address where they are parked to know the tax rate they should report to BOE for sales made in that area. Paying the correct tax rate is important, as the sales tax supports many vital services such as public education, law enforcement and highways.

Given the proliferation of mobile food trucks, the hope is to simplify and streamline business practices for vendors, and make it clear to their customers that the price they are paying includes tax. The BOE will reach out to mobile food businesses and consumers in multiple languages to inform them of this change.

The regulation will continue through the rulemaking process. It is expected to become effective July 1, 2014.

Curly's Cowboy Christmas

The 12th Annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on Saturday, December 14 at the Historic Apple Valley Inn.

The show starred Belinda Gail, one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music, and seven-time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year grammy winner. Another award winning songwriter, Joyce Woodson, also sang.

Andy Nelson, cowboy poet and humorist, also performed and interacted with the crowd of several hundred attendees.

A beautiful quilt in memory of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans was displayed. It took Marylin Pierson two months to make, and will be up for raffle at the December 2014 Curly’s Christmas.

Kathy Musgrave, widow of popular cowboy singer/songwriter Curly Jim Musgrave, drew the grand prize raffle ticket to a loud drum-roll. The winner, Owen Morell of Nashville, Tennessee, won the Silver Screen Legend XVI dedicated to legendary cowboy star Ray “Crash’ Corrigan.

The event is a fundraiser for the Happy Trails Childrens Foundation Cooper Home for abused children, located in Apple Valley. If you would like to help, call (760) 240-3330 or visit