A preview of the July 24, 2020, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 24 - 30, 2020

Dear Readers,

The general manager of the Carmel sewage treatment plant said testing showed a spike of coronavirus in local wastewater after the July 4 weekend — indicating that visitors brought a lot of virus with them. Chris Counts reports.

In some parts of Monterey County, this week was a bad one for Covid-19, with four more deaths and two daily records for new cases. Kelly Nix has the details.

After Monday’s announcement by county health officer Ed Moreno that school campuses wouldn’t be reopening anytime soon, local schools are refining what may turn out to be long-term plans for remote learning. Mary Schley has that story.

Comet Neowise is still visible in the sky, and you can now see it in the evening. A black bear went on a walkabout last week across about half the county. Carmel says it will start citing people without masks, and restaurants for not following the rules for outdoor dining. Layoffs at city hall because of the economic shutdown have been finalized. Likewise at the Aquarium, where hundreds of workers are losing their jobs or taking pay cuts. The head of the emergency room at CHOMP says dealing with the epidemic has meant confronting problems that weren’t exactly taught in medical school. A teenager playing video games at home barely escaped with his life when a car crashed into his bedroom. One local school is dealing with the theft of private data stored in the cloud. Changes to a commercial building downtown didn’t go over well with the historic resources board — but not because the building is historic. The fate of the Carmel High School mascot is in the hands of the CUSD board. A record number of homes on the Monterey Peninsula closed escrow last week, and we have a news story about it, plus a data-filled column from Paul Brocchini in the real estate section. We also have a special section, Pet Talk, to remind everybody of some of the things in life that really matter. And my editorial says protecting eucalyptus trees from being cut down is something no sane person would do.

Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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