Council advances e-cig ban

A bill prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking traditional cigarettes is banned moved ahead Wednesday to its final vote, after attempts to first amend, then delay, the measure were batted away by a County Council majority.

Dead fish puzzle researcher

A significant fish kill in the Kapoho tide pools this weekend represents yet another worrisome event within a fragile ecosystem that is seemingly under siege from all sides.

Ag tax plan postponed

A $28 million program aimed at benefiting farmers will continue in its current state a little longer despite fears some landowners are abusing the program at the expense of other taxpayers.

Man airlifted from Wailuku River

A rescue chopper lands Tuesday afternoon on a rock outcropping in the Wailuku River just makai of the Wainaku Street bridge. Hawaii County Fire Department responded shortly after 4:45 p.m. upon receiving a report that a man jumped into the water about 40 feet below from the area of the bridge. The man was airlifted from the river in a stretcher suspended by rope from the helicopter and set down in a parking lot across Wailuku Drive. A waiting ambulance transported him to Hilo Medical Center. The man was in “satisfactory condition,” according to Hawaii Police Department Sgt. Darryel Tolentino.

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Residents express concern about sewer system costs

Residents seemed to have mixed views about a county project to bring sewer lines to the Lono Kona subdivision. But even those in support of the plan at a public hearing Tuesday night in Kailua-Kona worried about how the system would impact their wallets.

Hunting this weekend at PTA

Several portions of the Pohakuloa Training Area will be open for bird hunting from 5 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Report: Many homeless recently moved to Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — About 6 percent of Hawaii’s homeless population moved to the state in the last 12 months and about 16 percent arrived within the last five years, according to a University of Hawaii report



BISAC hosts workshops

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council recently hosted a series of workshops in partnership with the Hawaii Island United Way to help equip relief workers with tools to meet the psychological needs of the people they serve, while learning to be aware of compassion fatigue in themselves. From left, are BISAC Chief Clinical Officer Raquel Chang, county Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira, county Disaster Recovery Coordinator Janice Bueltmann and BISAC Chief Executive Officer Hannah Preston-Pita.

GIS training workshops scheduled

In celebration of global Geographic Information System (GIS) Day this month, Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology (WIT) will provide free GIS training for students and teachers in Hilo and Kona the first week in December.



Holder must take active role in Ferguson

Last week, President Barack Obama issued a statement mourning the death of John Doar, a former Justice Department lawyer who risked his life standing between protesters and police in Mississippi in the 1960s. The context and issues today in Ferguson, Missouri, are different, but there remains a role for the federal government to play.


Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Authorities don’t know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University’s library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him.


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