A preview of the February 10, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 10 - 16, 2017

Dear Readers,

By this time, Monterey Peninsula residents have to be asking, "Will this rain ever end?" And for Big Sur residents, where flooding is a constant concern and more than 15 rockslides are blocking their only transportation route, a more urgent topic is how soon Highway 1 will reopen. Chris Counts reports.

The 2017 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am got underway today and, though the first round was interrupted by yet another downpour, officials are optimistic that good weather forecast for the weekend will allow the rest of the tournament to take place on schedule. We have coverage of the first round, and a special section that includes everything you need to know about the players, the celebrities and all the golf still to come on three of the Peninsula's most scenic courses.

Criminal charges are being considered against the wife of sculptor Richard MacDonald for allegedly stealing millions from him. But her attorney says the accusations are nonsense. Kelly Nix has that one.

Monterey County may have voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, but voting records show that quite a few precincts in the county went for Trump. Kelly Nix has that story, too.

Major improvements to the inside of the Golden Bough theater are being planned, but PacRep says it needs millions to pull them off. With all the rain, wildfires seem like a distant concern, but a plan to help keep them from spreading in the future could draw serious opposition from environmentalists. Longtime city attorney Don Freeman has announced his retirement. Restaurants in Carmel won't see major zoning changes, but the Fourth of July party could be in for serious upgrades. We have can't-miss tips for your Valentine's Day shopping. And my editorial offers a different perspective on the Pro-Am as a money-maker for the golf pros and an inconvenience for some locals.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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