A preview of the December 18, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 18 - 24, 2020

Dear Readers,

CHOMP, Salinas Valley Memorial and Natividad received 975 doses each of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine today, and one of them immediately started administering it to their doctors, nurses and other staff who treat Covid-19 patients. Kelly Nix has the details about this milestone in the local battle against the pandemic.

Even as the good news about the vaccine started to spread, Carmel restaurants were clearing furniture out of the city’s outdoor dining spaces, lest customers eat their takeout there. And why did they do this? Because the city council told them to. Mary Schley has that one.

A brood of barn owls that took up residence in a nesting box in Carmel Valley became internet stars, but then two of them were killed, possibly by rat poison. Chris Counts reports.

Carmel PD officers came to the rescue of a family that was evicted from a downtown hotel. The city council says current restrictions on sidewalk vending should stay put. The coastal commission’s staff has a bunch of new questions about Cal Am’s latest proposal for a desal plant in the Marina dunes. A lawsuit claims “fraud and corruption” were involved when the county awarded the new Laguna Seca management contract. PG&E wants to upgrade the power lines in Big Sur to protect condors from electrocution, but some residents object to what they say will be impacts on their view. The AT&T Pro-Am may not be allowed to have an audience, but there are hopes the Concours d’Elegance in August will. The Carmel school district has decided to go ahead with the reopening of elementary schools. Local police officers say they’ve been plenty busy during the coronavirus shutdowns, just not with the usual stuff. Carmel Valley merchants are reminding everyone to think local as they wrap up their Christmas shopping. Local hospitals report remarkably few flu cases so far this year. In her food and wine column, Mary Schley has the rundown of all the latest takeout Christmas dinner options. Dennis Taylor has the story of three Santa Catalina sisters who dominated on the basketball and volleyball courts. Neal Hotelling traces the history of the Peninsula’s protestant churches. And my editorial offers a glimpse into the history of vaccines and tells why they’re so important to the health and happiness we’ve all enjoyed.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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