A preview of the November 20, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

November 20 - 26, 2020

Dear Readers,

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, county officials, hospitals and pharmacies say they haven’t been told when they’ll start receiving doses of one of the new, highly touted coronavirus vaccines, but they’re working on plans to store the vaccines safely and figuring out who will be first to get them. Kelly Nix reports.

Carmel elementary schools have received an initial OK from the county health department to restart in-classroom instruction. If the state agrees, students could be filling up school campuses again soon. Mary Schley has that one.

The AT&T Pro-Am is just around the corner, and with the coronavirus shutdowns as firmly in place as ever, officials are making plans for a tournament with players, officials, sponsors and broadcasters — but no spectators. Mary Schley has that story, too.

The state water board has ordered new cutbacks in pumping from the Carmel River because Cal Am has been unable to meet its deadlines for progress toward development of a new water supply. Marina has agreed to open talks with Cal Am over proposed changes to the desal plan. The man who cut down the wrong tree has apologized profusely and promised to make amends — so he won’t be penalized as much you might expect. Beach fires will soon be on a city council meeting agenda again. The board of supervisors is asking for simpler rules to regulate short-term rentals — but will simplicity be achieved by being tough on everybody? The Monterey County jail has successfully curtailed an epidemic of coronavirus among inmates and staff. The county will spend nearly $1 million to help small businesses impacted by the shutdown. Carmel High is putting together a committee to help decide if the Padre mascot should be done away with. A local teenager is coping with being stuck at home by baking loaves of sourdough — much to the delight of his neighbors. Dennis Taylor wraps up the story of legendary high school coach and teacher Buzz Rainer. Neal Hotelling delves into the lives of some of Carmel’s earliest Black residents and business owners. We have a “Healthy Lifestyles” special section for you that explains some of the important things you can do to protect your joints as you age. And my editorial says we sure hope the people who’ve developed the vaccines are a lot better at their jobs than the people who’ve been managing the epidemic.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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