A preview of the May 8, 2020, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

May 8 - 14, 2020

Dear Readers,

Businesses felt a jolt of optimism when the governor announced Monday that some of them might be able to open Friday, but their hopes were dashed when county health officer Ed Moreno responded with his own list of conditions before he would let his shelter in place order be loosened. Kelly Nix and Mary Schley have that story.

“Fore!” was heard at many of the Monterey Peninsula’s golf courses this week after they were allowed to re-open — with no caddies and under strict social distancing guidelines. Mary Schley has the rundown.

Carmel was shocked by news of a brutal assault Monday morning when a woman was attacked in her driveway on Scenic Road. Happily, we can report that Carmel P.D. made an arrest in the case Thursday afternoon. Mary Schley has the details.

With many of their crops no longer in demand because of economic shutdown, county farmers say they’re taking huge losses. Construction workers and gardeners say they are thrilled to be back on the job. The Carmel City Council has cut almost all spending on capital projects and fears it will have to make even bigger cuts in the near future. A deal has fallen through for someone to live in Flanders Mansion in exchange for fixing it up — leaving the historic home in limbo yet again. The water district says it will withhold funding for the reclamation project. Churches are turning out to be pretty good at serving their congregations in absentia. Dance students got a nifty surprise instead of a graduation. Disaster cleanup specialists say the virus doesn’t scare them at all — they’ve seen worse. Foster children are having an even tougher time than usual finding places to live. An abundance of condor chicks is being born this year. Richard MacDonald has a new, coronavirus-themed sculpture, and a local musician who can’t leave his house has released a coronavirus-themed video (with the help of Sunset Center). Dennis Taylor visits with some local caddies to find out how they’ve coped with being out of work. Neal Hotelling fills in some little known details about the history of Carmel’s most famous photographers. And my editorial says it just takes a little thought to understand why “not enough testing” is a myth.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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