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Big Island News, 31 July 2009


Tropical Storm Lana is gaining strength as it churns about 900 miles east-woutheast of the Big Island on a track
that should take the storm about 300 miles south of the Big Island.

Hawaii County Environmental Mangement Director Lono Tyson tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald: that construction of a $9.1 million dollar East Hawaii Reload Facility should be substantially complete by November. Tyson says he wants to increase commercial recycling by providing a convenient drop off area and maybe a discount to the current $85 a ton tipping fee that rubbish haulers are charged.

According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the state is trying to seize the home of an Orchidland man described by a county prosecutor as a hub of drug and burglary activity in Puna. Deputy County Prosecutor Mitch Roth filed a petition in Hilo Circuit Court seeking forfeiture of the home belonging to Lloyd Chester Chong.

Work continues on a new$25 million dollar science and technology building on the UH-Hilo campus. The building will be done by next year, but will not be available for full use until $2 million dollars worth of equipment is installed in 2011. The Lanikaula Street building will house the university’s physics, astronomy, and chemistry departments.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources has extended the closure of a natural reserve area that includes the Kilauea Pu’u O’o vent. State officials say the trail area will remain closed because of increased lava activity and increased sulphur dioxide levels. Division of Forestry and Wildlife official Paul Conry told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that conditions along the trail do not appear temporary.

The Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Association will host the 2009 HCRA State Championship on Saturday along the Hilo Bayfront. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 am with races continuing throughout the day. Approximately 4,000 paddlers will compete in a variety of age groups.