A preview of the December 17, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 17 - 23, 2021

Dear Readers,

Two of the robbers who hit Fourtané last week are still on the loose, but the police chief says he’s optimistic they’ll be caught soon. Meanwhile, the apprehended suspect who’s not a juvenile appeared in court and says he’s not guilty. Mary Schley has the details.

Jimmy Panetta’s congressional district could end up with very different boundaries under a redistricting plan unveiled this week. He could even end up losing about half the county. Kelly Nix has that one.

A tale of two trees: One homeowner may have to rebuild part of his roof to avoid cutting down an oak, while another may be fined $26,000 for damaging a pine. Mary Schley has those stories, as well.

The city has hired more lawyers to deal with an expected lawsuit from Verizon over the antenna it wants to install near La Playa hotel. Local businesses and residents are adapting to the statewide indoor mask rule that went into effect Wednesday. Speaking of facemasks, a CUSD board meeting was cancelled after a dispute about who had to wear one. A federal judge rejected a bid from a parent last week to require River School to let her display a 6-foot menorah during the school’s tree-lighting festivities. A county public works employee died in a crash on Laureles Grade. Elaborate testing shows that legal marijuana is better and safer than the black-market version. An indoor golf business at Carmel Plaza has the go-ahead to offer live music and even karaoke. A Car Week event that’s no longer welcome in Carmel Valley may relocate to Pacific Grove. A petition drive could remove a member of the county board of education. Aquarium video shows a “phantom” jellyfish that has to be seen to be believed. A pioneer pop musician from the 1960s has died at his home in Carmel Valley. A serial criminal will serve 11 years for stealing cars and faking Covid tests. Last weekend’s big storm caused landslides in Big Sur that closed Highway 1 (it’s open again now). Neal Hotelling traces the early history of Mission Ranch. Dennis Taylor explains why this year’s Carmel High girls basketball team is so good. And my editorial says get used to it: Covid-19 is probably here to stay.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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