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Big Island News, 06 August 2009


(AP). Hurricane Felicia, a Category 4 storm, is expected to weaken far out in the Eastern Pacific. The National Hurricane Center says Felicia’s maximum sustained winds are near 140 miles per hour. But the hurricane is expected to weaken over the next few days. Hurricane Felicia is centered about 1,480 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. The storm should be 500 miles to the east of Hilo by Monday morning.

Hilo’s junior and senior little league teams are still winning at the Little League Western Regional Tournament. The Hilo Seniors scored six times in the sixth inning on the way to a 10-3 win over Montana in a game played in Ontario, California. The hard-hitting Hilo Juniors shut Oregon 16-0.

Minority members of the Hawaii County Council employed delaying tactics on Wednesday to push back a new reorganization of the county council. A resolution naming a new vice chairman and the heads of two key committees will not be approved until the council meets on September 14th in Hilo. South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” the delayed meeting was the only way to stop the reorganization. The original June 16th leadership change was challenged in court as a violation of the state’s “sunshine law”.

The Imiloa Astronomy Center has been given $10,000 by the W.M. Keck Observatory to support visits to the center by Big Island students and teachers. Imiloa Associate Director Ka’iu Kimura told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” the contribution will help the facility near UH_Hilo achieve its mission of reaching Hawaii Island school children.

(AP). State employees are filing suit to stop Governor Linda Lingle’s imposition of layoffs and unpaid days off. Eleven workers filed the suit on Wednesday. Attorney Charles KHim says the layoff plans are constitutionally unfair. He says the state shouldn’t be laying off workers while still paying contractors. Seven of the 11 plaintiffs have been told they’ll be laid off.