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

March 19 - 25, 2021

Dear Readers,

Not only did most restaurants open up for indoor dining as soon as they got the go-ahead, the owners say they’re expecting a surge in business, even as they say they’re going to great lengths to conform to social distancing guidelines and get their employees vaccinated. Mary Schley, Kelly Nix and Chris Counts have our report.

Officials with the state prison system, which includes two prisons in Monterey County, say they believe employees and inmates at their facilities may have reached herd immunity. Kelly Nix has that one.

Homeowners near the Carmel River Lagoon are sharply criticizing the county for failing to stop the flooding that hit their neighborhood in January. Chris Counts has the details.

A tourism group wants the airport renamed the Carmel-Monterey Regional Airport. Congressman Jimmy Panetta says he’s too busy to respond to questions about the situation at the southern border. Despite all the economic headwinds, the city says it’s expecting to end the year with a $2.6 million surplus. Monterey County is making very little progress toward signing up a new company to provide ambulance service. And speaking of ambulances, a Pacific Grove man has been charged with stealing medicine from the back of one. The woman who opened fire at a popular bakery last summer is facing new charges. We have more about the county’s rapidly declining coronavirus infection rates, and the campaigns to get municipal employees and the homeless inoculated. An important federal building along the coast is about to go up for sale. Two youngsters in the Carmel area have been honored in statewide art and poetry contests. A motorist on 17 Mile Drive crashed his Mercedes onto a beach frequented by harbor seals. We profile a man who’s been run through the wringer more times than you can imagine. Dennis Taylor recounts the glories of Carmel High’s most important football game. Neal Hotelling has more on the brief but honored association Robert Louis Stevenson had with the City of Monterey. And my editorial explains where to find the mysteries of the local coronavirus epidemic laid out in day-by-day detail.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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