A preview of the March 11, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 11 - 17, 2016

Dear Readers,

Last weekend's storms knocked the desal test well in Marina out of action, and Cal Am says it could be several months before operation of the vital well can resume. Kelly Nix reports.

Meanwhile, Saturday's and Sunday's downpours also did miscellaneous damage around the Monterey Peninsula, including a major power outage in Pebble Beach, and we have a rundown.

The 300-year-old bell that has been part of the WWI memorial arch on Ocean Avenue since 1966 was removed Tuesday and is now on display at the library. Mary Schley has that story.

The planning commission took the first steps this week toward limiting wood-burning fireplaces in town. Mary reports that one, too.

With election day just a few weeks away, candidates for mayor and council have been answering questions from voters and disclosing their campaign contributions. Mary Schley also has those stories.

A sea otter gave birth along the shore in full view of the crowds at the Monterey Bay Aquarium last weekend, and Elaine Hesser has all the delightful details.

A thief who broke into numerous houses and cars around the Peninsula for months has been convicted and sentenced to three years in state prison. A renovation nightmare is underway for a Pacific Grove couple. One of Big Sur's most colorful characters is being remembered for his devotion to the backcountry. And my editorial says the upcoming municipal election is not the time for candidates to try to divide the town between "us" and "them."

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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