A preview of the September 18, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 18 - September 24, 2020

Dear Readers,

Cal Am withdrew its permit application for the desal plant at the last minute before the coastal commission was supposed to vote on it. Now Cal Am says it wants to “reengage” with desal opponents before trying again. Kelly Nix reports.

Coronavirus cases in the county suddenly turned upward this week, pushing any reopening of the economy further away. Kelly Nix has that one, too.

A Carmel Valley man is accused of murdering his father — and both of them have extensive criminal records. Mary Schley has the details.

A wildlife census of Point Lobos found three mountain lions there. One of the old adobe walls at the Carmel Mission required emergency repairs. The kitten rescued from the Carmel Valley fire with seriously burned paws is on the mend and has been reunited with his family. Two dogs have been seized by law enforcement after attacking a man and a woman and killing one of her dogs. The city says it will save some serious money by refinancing the bonds for the renovation of Sunset Center. County supervisors promise to make it easy for people who lost homes in a fire to rebuild. Firefighters at the Dolan Fire say they’re expecting some challenging new weather conditions this weekend. One of the “diversity” speakers at CSUMB will be an Hispanic separatist. Most of the candidates for Carmel City Council say they don’t support desal — they want reclaimed water. The feds have canceled plans for a drug smuggling surveillance tower in Big Sur. Volunteers have been scrubbing boulders to remove graffiti. Neal Hotelling takes you back to the days when silent movies were commonly filmed around the Monterey Peninsula. We have a special section, “Pet Talk” for you, proving once again how much local residents love their best friends. Tonight, we also launch the 2020 Golden Pine Cones, which means it’s your chance to vote for your favorite restaurants, shops, service providers and professionals — and this year, they need it more than ever. And my editorial goes off on a rant about how we’ve all been misled and jerked around for years over having or not having a water supply or both. Please accept my apologies even before you’ve read it.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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