A preview of the August 19, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 19 - 25, 2016

Dear Readers,

Despite smoky skies overhead and hazardous conditions in Big Sur, Concours Week is in full swing and drawing record crowds. We have complete coverage, including an extensive special section.

The vast fire causing all the trouble continued to spread during the week -- albeit slowly -- leading officials to put off the expected containment date until the end of September. Mary Schley has the details.

A pet pig was rescued from the fire zone this week and safely returned to its family, but condors and their nests that are threatened by the advancing flames have wildlife experts trying to decide whether to try to move them. Chris Counts has their stories.

Opposition to Pacific Grove's proposed admissions tax is growing, especially among charities. Kelly Nix reports that one.

The Pebble Beach affordable housing project is finally ready for its permit hearing. A local health club has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly deceiving its members. PG&E will have to pay an even bigger fine for blowing up a house at Guadalupe and Third two years ago. And my editorial says that just because the air is full of smoke is no reason not to worry about somebody adding even more smoke to the mix.

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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