A preview of the September 25, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 25 - October 1, 2020

Dear Readers,

Local officials and business owners are making a push to convince the governor to loosen restrictions on Monterey Peninsula shops and restaurant — especially because there’s hardly any coronavirus here. Mary Schley reports. And Kelly Nix has details of a meeting between county and state health officials on efforts to control the outbreaks in Salinas and the Salinas Valley.

The Dolan Fire is in its final stages, but the prosecution of the man who allegedly started it is just beginning. Mary Schley has that one, too.

How hot is our real estate market? So hot that there were $170 million more worth of houses sold in August this year than in the same month last year. And a $25 million home sold on 17 Mile Drive last week. Kelly Nix has the story.

Candidates for the Carmel school board are staking out positions on reopening during (or after) the pandemic, and the people running for Carmel city council are explaining where they stand on fire safety in town. A Texas businessman has been sentenced for sex crimes he committed while he was here on vacation. The cleanup of toxic wastes in the fire areas will begin soon, including at homes that burned down. Businesses owners are mourning the passing of a longtime chamber of commerce worker. A very polite boy who was lost got back home thanks to an elderly neighbor. Several men were arrested after an overdose at a local hotel. The family of an ag worker killed in a train crash last year in Salinas claims dust and railroad negligence were to blame. A lost elephant has been reunited with its tearful owner. Dennis Taylor tells the story of the greatest RLS football team of all time. Neal Hotelling digs into the origins of the Monterey Jazz Festival. We have a special section for you, “Healthy Lifestyles,” explaining why you shouldn’t let the virus make you drop your usual doctor visits. And my editorial says you can stop worrying about the state not having enough money to spend.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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