A preview of the February 27, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Feb. 27 - March 5, 2015

Dear Readers,

The city council may have asked the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury to help figure out what went wrong during the Jason Stilwell era at city hall, but since then, the council has refused to provide documents the grand jury requested, and this week also said it would keep all communications with the grand jury hidden from the public. They're not being evasive, councilmembers say -- the problem is that state law requires them to keep things secret. Mary Schley reports.

With the new roundabout at the top of Carmel hill suddenly emerging as a major issue, government officials are having a meeting next week to share concerns and figure out how to explain what's going on to the public. Kelly Nix has that one.

A baby lamb -- one of 15 born at Mission Ranch this year -- was too small to nurse and seemed unlikely to survive until humans came to his rescue. Chris Counts has the heartwarming story.

A controversial fee added to local water bills more than two years ago may or may not be headed to the November ballot, with both sides awaiting a decision after a trial this week. City finances, investigations of employees and the Forest Theater were the principal topics raised at a town hall meeting. A Carmel Valley man who's been in trouble with the law many times was arrested again this week in what police say was a stolen car. The number of visitors to Big Sur has increased dramatically, leaving park officials and law enforcement wondering how they're supposed to accommodate them all. A member of the Pacific Grove city council says she may challenge Sam Farr for Congress. And my editorial asks why there isn't more money to fix our local highways.

Now that our 101st year is officially under way, it's time for me to thank you for your longstanding support of our newspaper, and say that, as always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read The Pine Cone on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Please don't forget that you can now access the complete 1915-1919 editions of The Pine Cone on our archive page.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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