A preview of the June 25, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

June 25 - July 1, 2021

Dear Readers,

When a fire broke out in the Big Sur backcountry last Thursday, everybody was afraid it would spread the way two wildfires did last summer, but firefighters stopped this one in its tracks, and Chris Counts explains how they did it.

We may be saying “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” to the coronavirus, but there are still a lot of questions about vaccination status and mask rules at the workplace. Mary Schley has that story.

At a workshop last week, city officials laid out a host of guidelines for disaster preparedness in town, and what better time to take them seriously than now? Mary Schley has that one, too.

The district attorney has dropped Jody LeTowt from its lawsuit over social distancing problems at the Tuck Box restaurant. The warnings were out — a huge tree on Lincoln Street was about to fall, and on Monday it did. The city council has authorized a bunch of new positions at city hall, and now the task is to find people to fill them. Convicted rapist Tom Pollacci was released from state prison only to be move to the county jail. The water district is asking for a state hearing over desal and the latest cutback order. County supervisors have OK’d a major project to help curb flooding in Carmel Valley. A local paramedic on a fishing vacation in Montana had to move quickly after he spotted a man drowning. Jimmy Panetta is recommending that the federal government give the NOAA building to the City of Pacific Grove. A group of ex-U.S. Marines will gather this weekend to honor a buddy who was killed in the Viet Nam War. A Carmel VIP was shocked at the way her friends decided to celebrate her birthday. Elaine Hesser looks back at all the local news singer Joan Baez made when she lived in Carmel Valley. Yes, high school sports are back, and Dennis Taylor has a wrap-up of all the latest action. Neal Hotelling traces the roots of what could be Carmel’s oldest retail business. We have a “Healthy Lifestyles” special section that focusses on eyesight, including the latest developments in getting rid of cataracts. And my editorial says it’s actually amazing how much good news there is these days.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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