A preview of the December 20, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 20 - 26, 2013

Dear Readers,

Big Sur was hit with another major wildfire late Sunday night. This one burned at least 12 homes and left dozens of residents grateful to escape with their lives. Chris Counts has their dramatic stories.

One of Monterey County's most respected politicians announced he would not seek re-election, even as a likely successor stepped forward. Kelly Nix has that one.

Yet another claim alleging illegal discrimination against a longtime municipal employee was filed against Carmel this week. Mary Schley reports.

The man prosecutors say was responsible for the deaths of two women on a Pebble Beach street last April has been sued by his victim's families. Only two challengers have said they'll run for city council against incumbents in April. Beloved actress Joan Fontaine died at her Carmel Highlands home Sunday, while artist George Rodrigue, of "Blue Dog" fame, also died this week. We have extensive obits for both. And my editorial asks which Jason Stilwell is real: The one lavished with praise by the city council, or the one almost everybody else has questions about.

We are very proud of our newspaper, and we sincerely thank you for supporting it. As always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns about our content, and to offer advice about how best to read it on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

To get this week's complete Pine Cone, please click here. If you have an informed opinion about one of our stories and would like to submit a letter to the editor, please click here. And please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, comments or concerns.

Paul Miller, Publisher

To return to the download page for the December 20, 2013, edition, please click here.

December 27, 2013, edition