A preview of the August 21, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 21 - 27, 2015

Dear Readers,

The canine center proposed for Carmel Valley has been a very hot topic for almost three years, and next week it's finally headed for its first permit hearing. Chris Counts reports.

The traffic congestion downtown was considerably improved during Concours Week compared to previous years, police say. And they say they know why. Mary Schley has the details.

A year and a half after a crew working on a gas main blew up a house on Guadalupe Street, Mayor Jason Burnett is praising a decision by the public utilities commission to undertake a full safety review of PG&E. Mary Schley also reports that one.

A candy store proposed for Dolores Street drew the ire of planning commissioners last week, not because of the way the store would look from the outside, but because the candy would be displayed in barrels, which is "too Fishermans Wharf," they said. Mary also has that story.

With an El NiƱo looming, major flood concerns have emerged along the Salinas River because thick vegetation is clogging the river channel. Rose Evers reports.

Despite problems with its desal test well, Cal Am says they still expect it to work as planned. Condors have been spotted for the first time feeding at Point Lobos. We have several interesting crime stories for you -- including one about a boneheaded thief who is accused of stealing copper flashing from a P.B. building site, but was caught after he showed ID when he sold it. Ballerinas at the Carmel Academy of Performing Arts have a fancy new dance floor to practice on. And my editorial explains why it's an especially good idea for condors to hang out along the coast, instead of venturing inland.

Everyone at The Pine Cone is deeply grateful for the support of our loyal readers and, as always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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