A preview of the February 19, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 19 - 25, 2021

Dear Readers,

Another setback hit Monterey County’s beleaguered inoculation program this week when wintry weather across the country delayed a vaccine shipment. The misfortune puts the county even further behind what many other counties have accomplished. Kelly Nix reports.

With coronavirus cases plummeting, some schools will be allowed to reopen soon, and the Carmel school district says K through 6 will be first. Mary Schley has the story.

Mountain lion sightings are a common occurrence around the Peninsula, but what would you think if two showed up at the same time on your doorbell camera? Mary Schley has that one, too.

Highway 1 through Big Sur remains closed, with no timetable for it to reopen, but at least the closed area is shrinking. A housing development in Carmel Valley almost 20 years in the making is being criticized not only for being rushed, but for having the wrong mix of affordable units. A known gang member was arrested on Junipero Street for carrying a loaded handgun. Police were called after a group of young men on bicycles blocked streets and harassed motorists. The school district is stepping up its effort to find a new superintendent. A former principal is suing to keep his personnel records confidential. Pacific Grove may have to ask voters again to approve a sales tax increase. Development of a large parcel on Carpenter Street will include removal of 12 trees but the planting of 60 new ones. With an eye toward the future, the Carmel Heritage Society is asking for photos that depict daily life during the virus era. More and more restaurants are offering live music to go with their outdoor dining. Dennis Taylor profiles a longtime coach at Seaside High and Stevenson school whose own athletic development came in the footsteps of Joe Namath. Neal Hotelling tells the story of the greatest artist ever to relocate from Tasmania to Carmel. And my editorial says Monterey County’s lagging vaccine supply is a mystery nobody seems interested in solving.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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