A preview of the February 5, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 5 - February 11, 2021

Dear Readers,

Monterey County supervisors this week urged pharmacy giant CVS to open vaccination clinics in Salinas and the Salinas Valley instead of Carmel and Monterey. Kelly Nix reports.

Peninsula mayors are asking that migrant farmworkers arriving for the season from coronavirus hotspots like Yuma, Ariz., be tested for the virus before they get here. Kelly Nix also has that one.

The district attorney says seven county residents will be charged in a massive coronavirus-relief fraud scheme — with many more possibly to come. Chris Counts has the details.

Big Sur residents and businesses are trying to figure out how to cope with the latest shutdown of Highway 1. Questions are being asked about why Monterey County let the Carmel River Lagoon flood again. Carmel has imposed a new 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and tasting rooms. The Monterey Peninsula will soon get its own professional soccer club, and the owner is a big-name car dealer from the Bay Area who also has a home in the Highlands. The school board is being urged to hurry up and hire a new superintendent. A man who stole numerous cars and led police on a high-speed chase has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Carmel has decided not to switch fire departments after all. A new state law could have the government going through your garbage. A program to offer discounts at one city’s restaurants has been a big success, while a nonprofit’s efforts to put restaurants to work supplying meals for the needy has been a triumph. A violin concert will be streamed from an empty Sunset Center Friday. Neal Hotelling wraps up his series on the history of Carmel’s theaters with a bang — or should we say a series of fires? When the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am gets started with practice rounds on Tuesday, followed by special events on Wednesday and competitive rounds Thursday-Sunday, everything will be without fans or celebrities. But it’s going to be a great show anyway, live TV is your ticket, and we have a special section that will serve as your can’t-miss program. Be sure to check it out. And my editorial says thank goodness science is sometimes more powerful than nature.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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