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Big Island News, 16 August 2009


As of early Sunday morning, Hurricane Guillermo was located about 1,150 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii.  The storm is moving west at 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph.  Guillermo is expected to weaken to a tropical storm over the next 24 to 48 hours.

(AP).  The federal government plans to spend $3.3 million in stimulus funding to upgrade Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory’s outdated monitoring and analysis equipment.  The observatory watches Kilaue, which has been erupting continuously for 26 years and is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.  It also looks after Mauna Loa, which may erupt within decades.

Goodfellow Brothers, Inc. announces the opening of the Saddle Road Phase 5 project on Tuesday, August 18th.  The third phas of the project received numerous awards for the qualit and project management attributes.  The General Contrators Association of Hawaii selected this project for th Award of Excellence in April of this year.

On Wednesday, the Hawaii County Council will reconsider several items discussed at its June 16th reorganization meeting.  South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford tells “West Hawaii Today” that everything on that agenda will be redone because of apparent violations to the state’s “sunshine law”.  Also on the agenda for the Kailua-Kona meeting is the final reading of a bill to extend the use of the Halekii Street extension for another six months.

(AP).  Hawaii’s largest state employee union is alerting major isle banks that its members may soon be asking for leniency with financial obligations.  Stateemployees are paying significantly higher medical insurance premiums.  Hundreds also face layoffs under a plan submitted by Governor Lingle to help close the state’s budget shortfall.