A preview of the October 25, 2019,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

October 25 - 31, 2019

Dear Readers,

The group that changed its focus from buying out Cal Am to stopping the desal plant has launched a campaign to convince the coastal commission not to approve the plant’s permit — and it says it has quite a few public officials on its side. Kelly Nix has that story, while Mary Schley reports about the Carmel city councilman who’s joined the anti-desal effort and his reasons for doing so.

The federal government has opened up large parts of Monterey County for possible oil and gas leasing. How real is the threat? Chris Counts has that one.

A restraining order has been issued against a man who lives near Hatton Canyon after a neighbor claims he stabbed his dog. Mary Schley has the troubling details.

A family is asking for help getting its stolen puppy back. The man who employed a bulldozer operator killed during the Soberanes Fire is facing multiple payroll and insurance fraud charges. County supervisors have been sued for approving a new location for a Big Sur engineering firm. A ruptured gas line forced the evacuation of homes on Carpenter Street Tuesday. Pacific Grove is considering lifting a ban on marijuana sales. A construction company and the owner of a condo building have been fined for mishandling asbestos. A tiny owl who was trapped for two days inside a car dealership has been rescued and is doing fine. Dennis Taylor has the story of the return of a legendary baseball coach. This week we announce the winners of our annual Golden Pine Cones — need I say they represent the best of the best? And my editorial asks you to consider what the future of the Monterey Peninsula will be if our water shortage becomes permanent.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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