Local residents who had disputed use of sectarian prayers at both City of Twentynine Palms and Town of Yucca Valley Council meetings have been waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a similar case in New York State; the decision came down on Monday. The Supreme Court gave limited approval Monday to public prayers at a New York town’s board meetings, citing the country’s history of religious acknowledgment in the legislature. The vote on the decision was 5-4, split along long-established conservative/liberal lines, with Justice Anthony Kennedy providing the swing vote. Kennedy, along with Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, focused on the specifics of the case in the town of Greece, New York, and did not offer either a broad expansion of legislative prayer, nor explicit guidelines as to how other jurisdictions might act. Fellow conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia went further, suggesting that even any “subtle pressure” that local citizens might feel would not be enough to ban such prayers. In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan said, “When the citizens of this country approach their government, they do so only as Americans, not as members of one faith or another. And that means that even in a partly legislative body, they should not confront government-sponsored worship that divides them along religious lines.”
The 1st annual Burnin’ Rubber Chili Cook Off as part of last weekend’s 29 Palms Car Show had 16 entries and was enjoyed by the participants and the spectators. After the judging everyone could sample the entries for a donation and vote for their favorite.
Judges’ results were:
Best chili with beef: Michelle Wekenman
Best chili with meat other than beef: Sam Moore
Hottest chili: Larry Bowden
Judges’ best overall: Sam Moore
People’s choice best overall: Cathy Snodgrass
The results the of the Car show have not been provided to Z107.7 News.
The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in May for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, on May 7, 8, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 27, and 28. Clinics will also be held at the C&J Feed Store in Landers on Friday, May 9, and at Wild Mustang Feed in Morongo Valley on Friday, May 23. All clinics are held from 10 to 2. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.
Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys’ tennis team hosted Shadow Hills High School Knights in the ’Cat’s last regular season tournament. The Knights defeated the Wildcats 7-11. Coach Larry Battle said in singles Jarod Burks and John Lanza won two out of three sets. Sam Choi was moved up from doubles to play singles and won one out of three sets. In doubles, Marcus Simon and partner Brian Gaddis, and Vincent Thomas and his partner Jose Valdez won one out of three sets. The final league record is 5-5.
The Wildcat qualifiers for the 2014 De Anza League individuals finals will be singles players Jarod Burks and John Lanza. Doubles players will be Marcus Simon and partner Brian Gaddis and Sam Choi and his partner Vincent Thomas. Finals will be held at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on May 8 and 9 at 1 p.m.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School swim team will participate in the De Anza League finals at Shadow Hills High School in Indio. The Yucca Valley High School swim team will travel away to Desert Mirage High School in Thermal. Both meets begin at 1 p.m.