A preview of the June 11, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

June 11 - 17, 2021

Dear Readers,

With new cases of coronavirus continuing to decline, California is moving ahead with Reopening Day Tuesday, which means the elimination of most restrictions on businesses and gatherings and even the end of facemask requirements for people who’ve been vaccinated. Kelly Nix reports.

The Salinas man who attacked a woman outside her home near Carmel Beach in May 2020 has been sentenced to 25-years-to-life. Mary Schley has that one.

Despite widespread opposition, the sewer board approved rate increases of more than double over the next three years. Kelly Nix has the details.

Federal immigration officials have given up the idea of housing asylum-seeking children at Camp Roberts in Southern Monterey County. A 29-year-old Pacific Grove man was killed early Saturday when he crashed his pickup truck into the city’s public works department and set the building on fire. Former President Barack Obama enjoyed a brief vacation in Carmel and Pebble Beach this week. An orphaned seal pup who turned up on a local beach has finally accepted the idea of returning to the ocean. The city council approved a much bigger budget than they thought they’d be able to. Prosecutors are trying to get Tom Pollacci declared a “sexually violent predator” when he’s released from prison. One local family is celebrating their years with a blind cat they adopted after seeing an ad in The Pine Cone in 2006. Backpackers in southern Monterey County are reporting bear encounters. The city council approved a rooftop deck for a home despite opposition from a neighbor. The Ventana Inn has been sold for $148 million. Patrice Pastor’s latest plans for a home on Scenic have been OK’d by the planning commission. Objections from the coastal commission notwithstanding, county supervisors have decided to make parking limits at Point Lobos permanent. In his history column this week, Neal Hotelling gives everyone a new reason to admire Perry Newberry. Dennis Taylor explains why Stevenson school’s lacrosse teams are so good. And my editorial delves into the relationship of interest rates, inflation and the local housing market.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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