A preview of the December 3, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 3 - 9, 2021

Dear Readers,

There may be something of a frenzy around the world over the new coronavirus variant, but here in Monterey County, not only have no cases of omicron infection emerged, no new restrictions have been imposed. Kelly Nix reports.

Owners of short-term rentals are protesting tough new enforcement measures being considered by the county that could put hundreds of vacation rentals out of business. Chris Counts has that one.

It promises to be tough sledding for Verizon at next week’s city council meeting. Mary Schley has a preview of the renewed skirmish over a proposed cell tower next to La Playa hotel.

As suspended CHOMP employees sue over the vaccine mandate, we have a look at why some of them say it violates their religious beliefs. A condor who was orphaned in the 2020 Big Sur wildfires is set to be released to the wild, and you’ll be able to watch it via live stream. A controversy has suddenly broken out over the city’s plan to add up to 16 benches to the Scenic Road walkway. A former inmate at the county jail is suing the sheriff over a beating he says he suffered at the hands of another prisoner. The water district is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee to redraw its election boundaries. The volunteers and city staff who participated in Beautification Week put together quite a scorecard. A long-time local fire chief is retiring. The lone wolf who rambled across California for several months (including through Monterey County) has been found dead near I-5. A local military officers’ association is celebrating its half-century anniversary. A Big Sur man has been arrested for stabbing a friend. Computers and video cameras are being deployed to watch for wildfires so they can be put out before they grow. If you think you know all about Hugh Comstock, you’re in for some surprises when you read Elaine Hesser’s recap of the coverage of him in The Pine Cone over the years —including the very first time he was mentioned. Neal Hotelling writes a fascinating new chapter in the life of the Pebble Beach resident who discovered an invaluable historic document at Fanshell Beach. Dennis Taylor takes us inside the efforts to turn the CHS wrestling team into another powerhouse. And my editorial proposes a host of new ways to make Carmel famous.

Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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