A preview of the September 3, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 3 - 9, 2021

Dear Readers,

The board of supervisors this week laid the groundwork to require everybody to start wearing facemasks again when they’re indoors. The rule could take effect as early as Sept. 11. Kelly Nix reports.

Big Sur’s population of condors took a major hit during last year’s wildfires, and with that on top of the ongoing danger from lead bullets, the endangered birds are in big trouble, a wildlife group says. Chris Counts has the details.

Will parklets become a major feature of the Carmel streetscape? The mayor and a councilmember said it looks that way — based on survey results showing the public likes them. Mary Schley has the story.

With all the fires in the state and some of the year’s hottest and driest days still to come, the U.S. Forest Service has closed all its land in Big Sur. The county may change an ordinance requiring public ownership of desal plants. A volunteer group wants you to help keep the streets clean. Demand for home mail delivery has been cut in half, now that the city has tightened up rules for qualifying. PacRep needs more money to complete its renovation of the Golden Bough theater. A wrong-way DUI driver who killed a woman on Highway 101 in February will stand trial for murder. Because of the risk from the delta variant, the city has changed its mind about returning to in-person meetings. A lawsuit challenges the rejection of a plan to turn a church into a small hotel. A prayerful ceremony in Devendorf Park will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The auction of decorative hearts displayed around town raised a substantial sum for two community groups. An antique shop answers the question: Why would anybody collect more than 500 donkeys? The son of a legendary Indycar driver will be returning to Laguna Seca. When Neal Hotelling toured the former home of Francis McComas, he uncovered some amazing tidbits from Peninsula history. Dennis Taylor has the story of a Stevenson tennis phenom who was lured to college after her junior year. And my editorial says the board of supervisors’ mask mandate isn’t as worrying as what they might have in mind next.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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