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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HIS GIRLFRIEND

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. Deputies were called to the Desert Oasis Healthcare in Yucca Valley when the victim arrived to be treated for her injuries. The woman said that about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nelson Mora, 42, grabbed her by the right arm and threw her on the bed. He then grabbed her arm, which dislocated her shoulder. She said Mora climbed on top of her and kneed her several times in the head and face. She said he also choked her, placed a pillow over her face and suffocated her to the point she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, Mora refused to leave, and held her captive for 24 hours, before she was able to get away and seek medical help. Deputies located Mora about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 7800 block of Fox Trail in Yucca Valley. Nelson Mora was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.

NEW COUNTY CORONAVIRUS CASES UP BY 406, LOCAL CASES NOW AT 84

San Bernardino County reported seven coronavirus-related deaths and 406 new cases Thursday, July 2. The county heads into the long July 4 weekend with 265 deaths and 13,152 confirmed cases so far.

Here in the Morongo Basin, confirmed cases have ticked up to 84: Yucca Valley with 43, Joshua Tree 19, Twentynine Palms with 14 and Morongo Valley eight. A projected 7,461 people have recovered.

There have been 148,704 people tested so far in the county of 2.1 million residents, of which 8.8 percent tested positive for the virus. Wednesday there were 428 coronavirus-positive patients in county hospitals, the highest number reported so far. There were 151 positive patients in intensive care Wednesday. The time it takes for the virus to double in the community is 19.6 days, according to the dashboard.

HEALTHCARE DISTRICT DECLARES RACISM A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

In a lengthy meeting Thursday night, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met and decided how they will take a stand against racism. Reporter Cassidy Zimarik fills us in…

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors met in regular session Thursday night. The standout item on the agenda was the declaration of racism as a public health crisis. During the discussion, Director Joseph Sullivan argued the necessity of the declaration when policies that combat discrimination already exist. Director Bob Armstrong added, “I feel like this is one of those kind of documents, it’s five white people saying racism is terrible, and we should do more about it; I don’t know anybody that would argue that point.” Armstrong’s arguments favored more aggressive action in order to truly combat racism. In the end, the board passed its declaration of racism as a public health crisis in a 3-2 vote, with Sullivan and Armstrong dissenting. The declaration primarily focuses on education of healthcare district staff and as other board members argued, is still doing something to combat the crisis.

After the declaration, the board heard a report on the Feeding Morongo Basin project, which is a massive success. As a whole, the board is satisfied with the project and looks forward to continuing with the next food distribution on July 18.

Towards the end of the nearly two-hour meeting, both Sullivan and Armstrong announced that they will not be seeking another term in the upcoming board member elections, leaving two board positions open.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. Deputies were called to the Desert Oasis Healthcare in Yucca Valley when the victim arrived to be treated for her injuries. The woman said that about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nelson Mora, 42, grabbed her by the right arm and threw her on the bed. He then grabbed her arm, which dislocated her shoulder. She said Mora climbed on top of her and kneed her several times in the head and face. She said he also choked her, placed a pillow over her face and suffocated her to the point she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, Mora refused to leave, and held her captive for 24 hours, before she was able to get away and seek medical help. Deputies located Mora about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 7800 block of Fox Trail in Yucca Valley. Nelson Mora was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL VOTES TO PUT TRASH FEES ON PROPERTY TAXES

Yucca Valley councilmembers and residents talked trash at the town council meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

Several dozen residents attended the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting and expressed their opposition to putting trash bills on their property taxes. Video screen shot

About two dozen residents showed up at last night’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting to talk trash for 2 ½ hours to the council, and they were spitting mad about being forced to pay for their trash service on their property taxes. Residents argued that a private business shouldn’t be able to bill for its services on a property tax bill, and residents were angry that a default on the bill could result in them losing their house due to liens. Town staff said that about 20 percent of town residents do not have trash service, even though the town requires it. Staff also argued that requiring trash service will reduce illegal dumping in the town. Although Council Members Robert Lombardo and Jim Schooler were initially hesitant to put the Burrtec charges on the property tax bills, the vote was unanimous to approve it.

Frank Orlett, a vice president at Burrtec, answered questions from the Yucca Valley Town Council. Video screen shot
Mayor Jeff Drozd, and Council Members Jim Schooler and Robert Lombardo listen as Jessica Rice explains the town’s franchise agreement with Burrtec. Video screen shot