A preview of the January 15, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

January 15 - 21, 2021

Dear Readers,

With more than 24,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine in the county, officials are scrambling to get them into the arms of people who qualify. But as vaccine supplies grow, are they doing enough to get ready to inoculate at least 10,000 people a week? Kelly Nix has the story.

With no end in sight to the latest shutdown order, restaurants are stepping up their campaign to get the ban on outdoor dining lifted — or at least loosened. Mary Schley has that one.

This year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am will be missing the “Am” part, now that tournament organizers have announced only pros will be playing. Mary Schley reports that one, as well.

A nurse from out of state who’s been working at SVMH during the epidemic describes life on the front lines in very personal detail. Improvements to the Golden Bough theater were not only approved by the planning commission this week, the commission told neighbors who object to things like ADA ramps and air conditioning to chill out. Local businesses are lining up to get their applications in for the second round of PPP funding. The man charged with firing projectiles at cars on Highway 101 is headed for trial. A felon holed up at a rental home in the Highlands has been nabbed for allegedly stealing mail and forging checks — but he says he only changed the 1s on the checks to 7s because seven is his favorite number. One suspect in the December Foxy Couture shopping/robbery incident has been arrested. A Pacific Grove police officer has been fired for making anti-BLM comments online. A serial child molester has been sentenced to 391 years in prison (though he could be paroled in 19 years). The fate of one of the Monterey Peninsula’s most important photo archives remains unknown. Volunteers are working overtime to reopen one of Big Sur’s most popular hiking trails. A long-time photographer for KSBW is being remembered for his unpretentious professionalism. Dennis Taylor has the story of one family’s athletic journey to running a successful business. Neal Hotelling fills in some of the racy details of the life of one of Carmel’s pioneering residents. Real estate columnists Paul Brocchini and Mark Ryan take a complete look at the unbelievably good year 2020 was for local home sales. And my editorial asks: Who will take a leadership role in ending the county’s vaccination debacle?

Paul Miller, Publisher

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