A preview of the October 18, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 18 - 24, 2013

Dear Readers,

Local environmentalists are usually against development projects on open land, but they're supporting the plan for affordable housing in Pebble Beach, because they say the need is obvious, and the site is appropriate. Kelly Nix reports.

This week's intentional burn at Fort Ord may have cleared hundreds of acres of land so leftover ordnance can be removed, but it also created a huge smoke plume and ash cloud that left quite a few people gasping and complaining. Kelly also has that story.

The mother of a former Esalen employee has filed a lawsuit claiming the new-age retreat center "hastened" her son's death from cancer by denying him health coverage. Kelly reports that one, too.

There was another geyser on Carmel Valley Road Tuesday when a jinxed fire hydrant was knocked over for the second time in four months. Chris Counts has the details about the hunt for the hit-and-run driver.

Mothers everywhere will be saying, "I told you so," when they read this one: An eight-year-old girl was lucky to escape with her life Monday when she darted between parked cars on Dolores Street, only to be struck by a car. Mary Schley has that one.

Pacific Grove is starting an ambitious project to keep storm runoff from carrying pollution to Monterey Bay. A senior citizen rescued her dog from an attacking raccoon by grabbing the beast and giving it the heave-ho. Will helicopter tours be coming soon to Carmel Valley airport? In our real estate section, Paul Brocchini and Mark Ryan say the market is still good, but not as good as it was three months ago. And my editorial offers a way to bring more light and less heat to development controversies.

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