A preview of the January 6, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

January 6, 2017

Dear Readers,

The Monterey Peninsula's new Congressman, Jimmy Panetta, was sworn into office in a tumultuous Washington D.C. Tuesday, and our reporter Kelly Nix, was in the House chamber for all the ceremony -- and the controversy. He has a complete report.

Winter has barely gotten underway, but already the rainfall totals are piling up, and so are the worries about flooding and mudslides, especially in Big Sur. Chris Counts has that one.

After years of complaints about speeding on Rio Road, everybody's fears were realized Saturday night when a speeding motorist lost control, destroyed several parked cars, smashed a fence and ended up in somebody's front yard. Mary Schley reports.

You know those utterly predictable "first baby born" stories most newspapers do? We have our own version -- only it's about the babies at the SPCA. Chris Counts has the fuzzy details.

Carmel has a new police chief, hired once again from inside the department. The city council has OK'd new contracts, new spending and new permit rules. A Carmel Valley development project has many residents optimistic that the disasters of 1995 and 1998 won't be repeated. If you see a lot of high level military officers around toward the end of January, there's no need to be alarmed. And my editorial explains why some people are delighted at the benefits Obamacare provides, while others are horrified at what it costs.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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