A preview of the July 16, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 16 - 22, 2021

Dear Readers,

Authorities have now confirmed the identity of the pilot and passenger killed shortly after their twin-engine Cessna took off from Monterey airport Tuesday, but they’ve given no clue about what caused the crash. Mary Schley has the details.

We’ve all seen them — the homeless camps that have proliferated along the edges of Highway 1. What’s it like to live there, and why did officials let them get so bad? Kelly Nix reports.

Five coronavirus variants have shown up in the county, but nobody’s sounding any alarms about them. Kelly Nix has that one, too.

A major rewrite of Big Sur’s land use regulations had it first public hearing this week, and it seems obvious it will take a while to get them approved. Those memorial benches you see along Scenic Road have become a very hot commodity. A hearing whether convicted rapist Tom Pollacci will stay behind bars has been postponed until September. Convicted murderer Joseph Sampognaro may try to get a new trial because of a sleeping juror. A Pacific Grove police officer who lost his job because of racism allegations is raising money to sue the city. The outcome may not be in doubt, but more hearings are scheduled for a new cell phone antenna at Sunset Center. Point Lobos is a favorite park not only for humans, but for pelicans. Renovation of an historic inn on San Antonio Avenue is starting its way through the permit process. A well known architect and builder in town is being required to undo some work he did without a permit. Bike lane improvements are coming to Carmel Valley Road. Dennis Taylor spins a wild tale about the lifelong adventures of a local high school football coach. Neal Hotelling reports about another tragic plane crash on the Peninsula — this one in the 1920s that happened during production of a Hollywood movie. We have a special section with some can’t-miss tips for making your pets happy. And my editorial says the cause of inflation is no mystery at all.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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