A preview of the September 25, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2015

Dear Readers,

Last weekend's catastrophic fire in Cachagua caused major damage for numerous residents and business, and frightened or inconvenienced everybody else. The fire also turned out to have a very surprising -- and truly bizarre -- cause. Mary Schley and Chris Counts have our reports.

A medium-sized crowd, including a few protesters, turned out at the Carmel Mission Wednesday to witness the canonization of Junipero Serra, which was performed in Washington, D.C. by Pope Francis. But if protesters at the Mission were peaceable and few, somebody made their feelings known in an unmistakable way that same morning by vandalizing the Serra statue at the north end of town. We have the details.

The planning commission deliberated and voted and finally settled on which Carmel establishments are the town's official bars. Drinking yes, but chocolate, no. Mary Schley has that one. She also reports that one of the town's most familiar restaurants suddenly closed because of a rent dispute with the landlord.

A coastal commission hearing on the town's proposal to limit beach fires has been postponed, apparently because the commission's almighty staff doesn't like the plan. A Carmel Valley church has installed, and is in the process of tuning, a very impressive pipe organ. A group of adventurous young people -- including one with a famous last name -- pioneered a new way to get to one of Big Sur's most inaccessible beaches. We have another of our glossy special sections full of tips and insights from local experts to help you enjoy a healthy lifestyle. And if you're wondering how the county board of supervisors will decide whether a permit should be granted for the proposed Carmel Canine Center, my editorial has some valuable insights.

Everyone at The Pine Cone is grateful for the support of our readers. As always, I am at your service to respond to questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad. 

Paul Miller, Publisher

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