A preview of the May 23, 2014, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

May 23 - 29, 2014

Dear Readers,

One of Monterey County's longest-running controversies came to an end Thursday when Steve Collins was sentenced to 270 days in jail for violating state conflict of interest rules and defrauding an employer. Kelly Nix reports.

Congressman Sam Farr added his name this week to the long list of community leaders opposed to the Cal Am takeover ballot measure. With so many against it, does Measure O stand a chance? We'll find out June 3. Kelly has that story, as well.

The young man accused of a string of Carmel burglaries could face a long list of criminal complaints, once the police finish sorting through the evidence. Mary Schley has that one.

No charges have been filed yet in the tragic death of a young Carmel Valley woman who was run over by a friend after a night of partying at a local bar, because authorities haven't finished figuring out whether she was drunk or not. Mary has that story, too.

A house caught on fire on Monte Verde Street Wednesday night when a plumber's soldering got out of control. Does Monterey County need more beavers? Some environmentalists say, "Yes." And my editorial notes that some of the opinions being put forth in the current debate over public water are really just superstitions.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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