A preview of the July 23, 2021, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 23 - 29, 2021

Dear Readers,

While alarms about a new surge are ringing across the country, local hospitals have a message for everyone: Very few vaccinated people are catching even the most dangerous variants of the coronavirus, and even fewer are getting sick from them. Kelly Nix has the story.

Some local restaurants have reaped mind-boggling benefits from the federal government’s coronavirus relief programs. Mary Schley has the details.

A cellular antenna will be disguised as a chimney when it’s installed on Sunset Center’s roof, and we have a photo to show what it will look like. Mary Schley has that story, too.

Masks will be required for everyone when Carmel schools open in early August. A car event that’s moving to Carmel Valley Village is drawing opposition from some residents (as if you’d expect anything else). Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced a $12 billion plan he promises will “end homelessness,” including on the Monterey Peninsula. Police arrested a man who tried to steal a bottle of tequila from a downtown restaurant. The City of Carmel has received its first federal relief payment. County crops took a major hit last year from the pandemic and wildfires. The school board is offering a preview of what Carmel High’s new stadium lights will look like. New bus lanes from Marina to Sand City are being met with calls for an EIR. A dance festival is coming to town, and a BBQ fundraiser this weekend will raise money for Big Sur firefighters. A fly-fishing shop is moving to the Barnyard after being met with some very unusual demands from its former landlord for a new lease. Carmel Youth Center members showed they really know their stuff when it comes to building fancy doghouses. The P.G. public works yard is still without power more than a month after a truck plowed into it, killing the driver and causing a fire. Dennis Taylor says if you want to try your hand at bad hops and tree balls, you might want to join the Big Sur softball league. Neal Hotelling recalls they days when Point Lobos was considered a great spot for mining coal. And my editorial asks, what the hell is ‘gain of function’ research?

Paul Miller, Publisher

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