A preview of the October 16, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

October 16 - 22, 2020

Dear Readers,

If you think the rules to slow the spread of the coronavirus are complicated now, wait till you get a load of what they want you to do when it comes to family gatherings over the holidays. Kelly Nix reports.

Seven more elementary schools have received the go-ahead to reopen despite the general ban on in-classroom education. Mary Schley has that one.

The EPA says it’s completed toxic cleanups of the debris left from about half the homes that burned in the Cachagua fire. Mary Schley reports that one, too.

CHOMP is opening a primary care clinic at Carmel Rancho. A tree was cut down in Carmel by mistake — a mistake that you would have thought was impossible. A Pebble Beach scholar and political commentator has released a documentary that’s getting a lot of attention in the national media but has also been banned by Amazon. Candidates for the school board are staking out their positions on a host of suddenly controversial issues. The state has released payroll data on Monterey County’s employees (the highest earner in 2019 made $558,000). Verizon and the City of Carmel have come to a partial agreement about maybe having 5G cell towers in town. Vesuvio got the OK to put up a tent on its roof for outdoor dining. Stevenson school is apologizing for instances of sex abuse that happened more than 30 years ago. Firefighters say the Dolan fire may not be completely out until it rains. Live music is OK, the county now says, as long as the audience listens from their cars — a type of concert Sunset Center is offering. P.G.’s cannabis shop, if it’s allowed to open, could occupy the former Pier 1 space. The Bach Fest has begun its search for a new conductor and music director. Paul Brocchini and Mark Ryan have the data that show just how incredible the third quarter was in the local real estate market. Dennis Taylor looks into how the Peninsula’s top high school athletes are coping without being able to compete. Neal Hotelling provides a dramatic account of the massive 1943 storm that smashed much of the Monterey fishing fleet to bits. And my editorial says we’ve learned our lesson ... secrecy can be a good thing, so please get your anonymous letters to the editor ready.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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