A preview of the April 9, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 9 - 15, 2021

Dear Readers,

Monterey County officially entered the Orange Tier of the state’s shutdown rules Wednesday, which means that restaurants, churches, theaters, gyms and many other types of businesses and events can operate at increased capacity. The Peninsula is also bustling with tourists — but so far there’s no sign of another surge. Kelly Nix has the story.

Speaking of re-opening, with the governor’s announcement this week that all pandemic restrictions should come to an end June 15, organizers of events during Car Week are excited about the prospects of returning to normal. Mary Schley has that one.

The board of supervisors approved a resolution this week formally recognizing Monterey County as a place where “systemic racism” is rampant and causes a myriad of health and economic problems in minority communities. Kelly Nix has that one, too.

Caltrans says it’ll have Highway 1 reopened through Big Sur by the end of the month. Schools are reopening all over Monterey County and, while many students are thrilled to be back, others are finding they hardly recognize the place. The principal of Carmel High wants to know what you think about the Padre mascot. The city council is considering taking up the issue of paid parking again. A gray wolf passed through Monterey County last week — the first one in 100 years. Tourism groups say they’ll be stepping up promotion of the Peninsula as a travel destination but will also work to help make sure there’s no new surge. The Carmel Valley History Center has worked up some new exhibits during the long shutdown. The Carmel City Council has more money to spend than it expected and has put together a long list of things to spend it on. While you’re waiting for the aquarium to reopen, there’s a pretty cool music video you can watch to see how the penguins, otters and jellyfish have been doing. The Center for Photographic Art says its membership has nearly quadrupled during the pandemic. Carmel won the coveted Shoe Trophy during a rout of Pacific Grove last week — but since the team’s season was only two games, it was a bittersweet victory, especially for the seniors. Neal Hotelling says there’s a new book of historic photographs out depicting the life and work of an iconic golf course designer. And my editorial looks at the importance of school not only in teaching kids about academics, but also teaching them about life.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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