A preview of the August 5, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 5 - 11, 2016

Dear Readers,

The extensive wildfire that's ravaged the mountains of Big Sur and destroyed 57 homes continues to grow, but at least it's moving away from Carmel Valley and the Monterey Peninsula. Mary Schley has the details.

In the community where the 57 homes were lost, residents are picking up the pieces and wondering what could have been done to protect them. Chris Counts has that one.

Believe it or not, firefighters are being asked to keep track of the water they use -- but only so it doesn't count against our strict water limits (the fire is an emergency, after all). Kelly Nix reports.

With smoke in the air and ash raining down for days on end, farmers in Carmel Valley and the Salinas Valley are trying to figure out how their crops might be affected. Elaine Hesser has the story.

If you got a water bill for $16,000 for a home that was barely occupied, would you be shocked, horrified, or dumbfounded? Mary Schley has the story of a Carmel homeowner who was all three.

Should Concours Week be postponed because of the Big Sur fire? A Monterey County planning commissioner says it should, and she has an online petition to make her case. Fees for permits and special events in Carmel are probably going up — a lot. The developers behind a luxury hotel planned near Cannery Row haven't paid for a special election the way they promised, the City of Pacific Grove says. A restaurant proposed for Dolores Street raised eyebrows at the city council this week, but was it only because the proposal was for something new? And my editorial explains why the water firefighters use is so expensive.    

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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