A preview of the August 28, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 28 - September 3, 2020

Dear Readers,

Residents of Cachagua and other parts of the county where more than 100 structures were burned are just starting to think about picking up of the pieces — and two of them are firefighters who lost their homes. Mary Schley reports.

Firefighters in Big Sur are striving mightily to keep the Dolan Fire from breaking out of its lines, and so far they’re succeeding, although several California condor nests and support facilities have been lost. Chris Counts has those stories.

Two cats, including a kitten, were miraculously found alive after the Carmel Fire burned the van where they were hiding. They’re singed and have burned paws, but otherwise they’re OK. Kelly Nix has the details.

A crucial hearing at the coastal commission on our proposed desal plant is coming up in three weeks, but the coastal commission’s staff says the permit should be rejected. A new contract with CUSD teachers ensures that schools will follow very strict rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The man who’s accused of a bizarre assault in Pacific Grove two weeks ago says he’s “never been considered a racist.” The five candidates in the upcoming vote for mayor and city council lay out the reasons why they should be elected. A county supervisor wants taxpayers to help fund the acquisition of the old Carmel Valley airport. Natividad hospital has a new exoskeleton device that is designed to help even paralyzed people walk. The woman who’s accused of attempted murder in a shooting at a local bakery has pled not guilty. There’s yet another proposal for making something useful out of our garbage. Dennis Taylor has the story of two high school athletes who seem bound for success despite all the obstacles that came with their seasons being canceled. Neal Hotelling continues his saga about the era when communists played a major role in Carmel politics. We have a special section, “Health Lifestyles,” for you, including tips for staying sane when everything around you seems to be falling apart. And my editorial says since it was the state that ordered us to build a new water supply, it should now follow through and let us.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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