A preview of the October 20, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

October 20 - 26, 2017

Dear Readers,

There was dancing in the streets Friday as Big Sur residents, VIPs and Caltrans officials celebrated the opening of the new Pfeiffer Creek Bridge. Chris Counts has the story.

Three small wildfires hit various parts of the Monterey Peninsula over the last week — but they were nothing compared to what's happened in the Napa and Sonoma wine country. We have several reports, including the role Peninsula residents are playing in providing relief up north.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta has signed on to a letter pointedly criticizing the president's plan to reduce the number of refugees admitted each year to the U.S. and saying the country has a "moral obligation" to admit more. Kelly Nix has that one.

A coffee and cocoa shop at Carmel Plaza has run afoul of various city zoning rules -- rules it would be polite to call "confusing." The public works director says the city's roads, buildings and other infrastructure aren't in very good shape. The man who crashed his pickup into a trailer carrying wine tasting tourists last November has been sentenced to just probation. A driver is dead after a high-speed chase down Highway 1 Wednesday. County health officials are trying to prevent an outbreak of Hepatitis A like the ones hitting San Diego and Santa Cruz. And my editorial asks whether it's really immoral to call for this country to admit 45,000 refugees a year instead of 110,000.

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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