A preview of the February 26, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 26 - March 4, 2021

Dear Readers,

After weeks of receiving much smaller vaccine allocations than other jurisdictions, Monterey County is about to get a big boost in supply — and not just for one week — a county supervisors says. Kelly Nix has the story.

Caltrans says it will be able to get Highway 1 reopen through Big Sur in time for the summer season, and the fix will cost just $11.5 million. Chris Counts has that one.

Longtime councilmember Barbara Livingston, who died this week at 92, is being remembered for her indefatigable activism and her unwavering love for Carmel’s traditions. Mary Schley reports.

One of Monterey County’s most endangered bird species is also one of its cutest. Anger is growing among people who live near the Carmel River Lagoon over the repeated flooding they have experienced. Small businesses are being offered additional economic aid, including some financed with taxes on marijuana sales. The organization that runs Sunset Center no longer wants to be in charge of the Forest Theater. CUSD has picked a search firm to find a new superintendent. Esalen will reopen soon, but communal hot tubbing won’t be the first item on the agenda. Schools are being offered incentives to reopen — including a promise they won’t have to close again. Demands for coronavirus testing has fallen so much, the database of results is making it harder to detect new variants. Carmel suffered another major loss this week with the death of restaurateur Gaston Georis. Congressman Jimmy Panetta and 30 other democrats are asking President Joe Biden to give up some of his authority over the country’s nuclear weapons. The county board of supervisors is supporting citizenship for many types of immigrants. A woman is specializing in solving other people’s problems after figured out how to solve some of her own. Dennis Taylor recalls one of Carmel High’s greatest — and most surprising — football seasons. Neal Hotelling wraps up his profile of painted Francis McComas. Our “Healthy Lifestyles” special section takes a look at the increase in addictions during the pandemic, warns about possible unforeseen drug interactions, and answers the question, “Can what I eat affect my immune system?” And my editorial wonders why we aren’t hearing “we’re all in this together” much anymore.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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