A preview of the December 25, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Dec. 25 - 31, 2015

Dear Readers,

Considering everything the city has gone through recently, and with Jason Burnett deciding not to seek another term as mayor, the upcoming municipal election promises to be an important one, and as soon as the filing period opened Monday, two candidates got things started by announcing they'd run for council. Mary Schley introduces you to them.

Numerous storms have run through the area over the last six weeks, dropping plenty of rain, but the ground has soaked most of it up, which explains why the Carmel River still isn't running to the ocean. Will it soon? Chris Counts and Kelly Nix have the rundown.

A memorial bell most of us see every day without giving it much thought turns out to be a very important historic artifact, and a citizens' group wants the bell taken out of the elements and preserved, and then replaced with a bell that's important in its own right. Mary Schley has that one, too.

A famously missing stuffed Santa is still missing, and now the owner is offering a reward. A baby otter that was born just outside the aquarium is getting a lot of attention, and so is a baby condor whose earliest weeks have been streamed live from a redwood tree in Big Sur. A group of local religious leaders are planning a groundbreaking trip to the Holy Land next year. If Santa leaves a drone under your tree, there are some pretty complicated rules -- federal and local -- you'll need to study up on. And, with the election in mind, my editorial offers some perspective on what Carmel has always been, and always will be.

As always, I am available to respond to questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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