A preview of the February 2, 2018,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 2 - 8, 2018

Dear Readers,

The Carmel International Film Festival -- a staple of the local calendar every October for the last nine years -- suddenly announced this week that it's shutting down. Mary Schley explains why.

A beloved philanthropist who lives in town is making a colossal donation to CHOMP for a new mental health center. Kelly Nix has that one.

A doctor with a busy practice has been sanctioned by the medical licensing board and will pay $1 million to settle charges of very serious misconduct. Kelly Nix has that story, too.

The family of two Chinese tourists who drowned at Bird Rock a year ago has filed a big lawsuit. The baby otter who was rescued from Carmel Beach in December is thriving in rehab. Four kittens born at city hall have all found new homes. Jimmy Panetta hosted a Dreamer at the President's State of the Union speech Tuesday night, while another local Dreamer has been arrested at the border for trying to smuggle additional illegal immigrants into the country. Two supervisors are sharply at odds over the creation of a county flag. The local real estate market really boomed in the fourth quarter of 2017. We have a colorful special section for you with all the details about next week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. You should go! And my editorial says the immigration deal President Trump offered this week is a really good one for everyone concerned, and Democrats should stop having fits over it.

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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