Thursday, February 23
Categories need not apply with this best-of-the-best assessment of the Academy Awards.
Letters To The Editor 2.23.12
Don’t Fence Me In rides into town loaded with American West entertainment.
Seaside moves forward with the next phase of a controversial Fort Ord development.
Residents complain new energy-saving lights are a pain in the eye.
State audit finds fault in county’s job placement program.
State cries foul over six-figure payout as former WIB director departs.
Seaside Fire Department reorganization could eliminate the chief.
Some sage advice from an old sage of journalism on how not to screw up the next water project.
Public Citizen 2.23.12
Alleged victim in Diocese sex case says he forgives.
If I gave you a blank check and said “go for it,” what would you do?
Famed Tokyo animation house takes on a classic story in <em>The Secret World of Arrietty</em>.
Jolie Holland brings an unconventionally infectious brand of musical tricks to Seaside.
Standout local jazz players rally for one of their own, Scotty Wright.
Greg Kinnear skates on <em>Thin Ice</em> as a schemer who takes a turn toward the violently criminal.
Milestones, a still-young store filled with eccentric finds, sets up shop.
How a guy who knows a guy gave a high-tech, graffiti-fighting tool to the masses.
People clash over what they see as an opportunity for escape, pride or redemption.
The C Restaurant seduces by way of fly seafood and wine barrels, 1833 earns a James Beard biggie.
Sporting Chance: Taste of Vietnam banks on authentic tastes and a feel uncommon for Southeast eatery.
Thursday, February 16
There is such a thing as a professional scrapbooker – and one lives among us.
While Komen’s controversial V.P. resigned, it won’t be the last we hear from her.
Letters To The Editor 2.16.12
War Torn: Superspies vie for Reese Witherspoon’s affections, but lose their humanity, in <em>This Means War</em>
Wim Wenders sets bodies to motion in celebration of famed dancer Pina Bausch.
The Turf Club Music Series starts with the perpetually evolving Persephone’s Bees.
Carmel High School students get boost from Ryan Scott in pursuit of their musical dreams.
Public opposition pushes supes to change course on MST/Whispering Oaks.
Mayors form Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority to tackle supply crisis.
The Water District left behind in the desal collapse can’t even vote on hiring a new GM.
Sights Unseen project gives cameras and voices to homeless women.
Public Citizen 2.12.12
Supes vote to send a pointless methyl iodide message.
What mementos would be on the scrapbook page of your life?
<em>Superior Donuts</em> entertains despite a weakness: playing surprisingly predictable stereotypes.
Tapping Excitement: Big Sur Taphouse pours out great value and a surprising amount of character.
The Big Sur Chanterelle Cook-off ain’t dead yet – just different. Plus some lady on Craigslist wants funky meat.
The battle against food scarcity in California.
With more than a quarter of Monterey County’s children living in poverty, accessing food takes priority.
Free Will Astrology
Wednesday, February 15
Lila Downs brings a cornucopia of culture, and a monster voice, to the Central Coast.
Thursday, February 9
Extending the Fort Ord Reuse Authority’s lifespan could mean more jobs, better development and cooperation in the region.
Larry Zellers uses his Boomerang Hair Studio to help locals find acceptance and relief.
Free Will Astrology
Coming off a historic year, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am gets even better.
Anthony Anderson earns audiences with versatility on course and on screen.
The top clubs from the top players in AT&T Pro Am – and the world – make for a mean set of sticks.
Three relative unknowns are well worth following.
Heartfelt benefits, EcoFarm insight and hall-of-famers.
Letters To The Editor 2.09.12
Monterey County Free Libraries celebrates 100 years of service
Smoke and Mirrors: An unrealistic plot and shallow dialogue sends <em>Safe House</em> the way of countless failed CIA semi-thrillers.
Inane Island: <em>Journey 2: The Mysterious Island</em> smears steampunk legacies; shines dimly with CGI creatures.
A couple of R&B legends warm up Salinas just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Five local musicians bring several genres, and a key memory, to Good Sams Band.
Clinica de Salud employees may join the SEIU amid allegations of union-busting tactics.
New watershed coordinator brings more than a dozen groups together.
Feds look to the ocean for clean energy as scientists debate wave power potential.
Candidate School 2012 primes political hopefuls in time for the mid-term elections.
County takes on more than $400 million in debt as Redevelopment Agency folds.
Comedy legend, icon and rabble rouser Joan Rivers stays on the top of her game – and refuses to slow down.
Public Citizen 2.09.12
Finding hope in the fall of Prop. 8 and the rise of Gives!
What’s the biggest misconception about stylists?
Hidden Heaven: Phoebe’s Café helps make picturesque Asilomar a nice getaway for everyone.
Friday, February 3
Carmel Valley Tasting Rooms
Thursday, February 2
An A to Z look at Carmel Valley's foodie credentials.
Coming Out On Top: <em>Pariah</em> refuses to conform in its telling of a closeted lesbian’s trials of self-discovery.
The renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band keeps New Orleans jazz alive at Sunset.
Conservative Steve Emerson takes on Delgado for mayor.
Citizens’ campaign to label GMOs in food comes to Pacific Grove’s EcoFarm Conference.
Seafood startup hopes to forge a truce between Aquarium and local fishermen.
Public Enemy energizer Chuck D visits CSU Monterey Bay, remains vigilant.
If only they didn’t stand a chance at becoming president, this could be fun to watch.
Falling into the Bin Laden trap: One down, one to go.
Public Citizen 2.02.12
Capital defenders seek to replace the death penalty.
What in your life is currently clogged?
Four bands rally for a local piercer lost to lymphoma.
Brendan Jones recruits a partner from Prague to give the area an infusion of foodie energy.
Quirky talent Laura Weinbach leads Foxtails Brigade into a world without Christmas.
Litigation could alter future of California pesticide; county stakeholders seek consensus.
Free Will Astrology
A real-deal local chimney sweep talks of smokestack stereotypes and fire prevention.
Letters To The Editor 2.02.12
Freak for Greek: Athena’s Cafe widens Nimri brothers’ family of welcoming restaurants.
Birthing a Hero: <em>Chronicle</em> takes a stylized, seductive page from comic book stories of yore.
John Saunders’ backstory makes him a Carmel Valley icon – and this icon makes good wine.
Beyond Carmel Valley, the bull is back and Happy Girl makes people… happy.