A preview of the April 22, 2011, edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 22 - 28, 2011

Dear Readers,

Anybody up for a weekend at Ventana or the River Inn? The question is relevant because Highway 1 south from Carmel has finally reopened. But don't plan on going all the way to San Simeon anytime soon, because a colossal slide that makes a bulldozer look like a silly toy is in the way. How the heck do they clear that thing? Chris Counts reports.

Two of the burglars who've been preying on Carmel residents lately were nabbed after a high-speed chase Wednesday. Mary Brownfield has the encouraging details.

The former owner of one of the town's biggest inns is rebutting charges that he hid defects when he sold it. And he says the new owner planned to tear it down anyway and replace it with 16 homes. Kelly Nix has that one.

A convicted rapist who lived in Pebble Beach before he went to jail says Monterey County residents are so prejudiced against him it will impossible to get an impartial jury for his next rape trial. Even people who live in King City or Greenfield? Kelly Nix tries to answer that question.

A big fire in south Monterey County last year is being blamed on a "bird bomb." The Carmel fire department should be taken over by somebody else, a city report says. Former Beach Boy and Big Sur resident Al Jardine has released a new song to help victims of the Japanese tsunami, and also (you heard it here first) announced a reunion of the legendary group. Five juvenile elephant seals who'd been abandoned by their mothers were released back to the wild at Pt. Lobos Thursday, and they were even cuter and more full of life than you might imagine. On the other hand, my editorial takes a look at something ugly and horrible that never dies.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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