A preview of the January 1, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

January 8 - 14, 2016

Dear Readers,

You all know about the storms that hit this week and the heavy rains and lightning they brought. Rivers started to flow, aquifers filled up, and damage was minimal except in some remote parts of Big Sur -- all in all, the storms were beneficial. But officials are also warning that worse could be on the way. Chris Counts reports.

Speaking of storms: On a day when waves were high, a 4-week-old sea otter was found alone on Carmel Beach. Chris Counts has the touching story of its rescue and the efforts to reunite it with its mother.

The city council is getting very close to naming a new city administrator, and this time, officials say, it won't be a head-hunted outsider, but somebody who already knows the town very well. Mary Schley has that one.

Another candidate has announced for the city council. A controversial chocolate shop has been given the go-ahead to open on Dolores Street. Just in time for the upcoming tournament, the Pebble Beach Pro-Am has a new name. This week, vandalism hit a major historic monument on Ocean Avenue. One of Carmel's leading citizens, whose life encompassed the town's entire history, has passed away. And my editorial reminds everybody not to underestimate what rain and wind can bring to their neighborhood, if not to their front door.

As always, I am available 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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