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Hawaii Island News, 19 October 2009

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According to the Associated Press, the Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws.  Prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuan in strict compliance with state laws.  Roger Christie of the THC Ministry in Hilo tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” he is thrilled for patients, caregivers, and families.

Hallowwen celbrations got off to an early start on Sunday when residents gathered at the Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at the HPA Campus.  For the past 18 years, the Pumpkin Patch Festival has raised money for the school in Waimea.  Funds raised last year were used for wrestling mats, playground equipment, and interactive electronic whiteboards.  The festival included a farmers market, food, games, and family-friendly entertainment.

A part of old Hilo faded into memory Sunday morning as the Big Island Ohana Cafe served its final breakfast before the diner housed in the downtown KTA building undergoes demolition.  The building will be taken down November 8th as part of a planned $1.2 million reconstruction project.

The Hawaii State Law Enforcement Officials Association has named Detective Sherry Bird as the Hawaii Police Department’s Officer of the year for 2009.  Bird, an 11-year veteran, is assigned to the Ice Task Force in Kailua-Kona.  Police Lt. Miles Chong told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that Detective Bird is focused, organize, and goal oriented.  Chong added that the detective demonstrates sound judgment, regularly directs and influences her subordinates toward their goals, and requires very minimum supervision.

Fire rescue personnel are continuing to search for a 41-year old woman reportedly missing near the beach and ocean area near Keahole Point.  Crews found a 1999 Suzuki Vitara and personal items belonging to the missing person.  The identitiy of the missing person has not been released.

(AP).  Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed far south of the Hawaiian Islands and that it is expected to strengthen over the next two days.  The National Hurricane Center says the depression’s center Sunday afternoon was about 905 miles south-southeast of Honolulu.  It’s moving west-northwest at about 15 miles per hour.  Winds are about 30 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Behind the high scores of Kacie Wakida and Jessica Sagawa, the Hilo High School girls bowling team defeated Waiakea 2-1 to cap a perfect 12-0 season.  The win gave the Hilo High girls bowling team the lone BIIF berth in the upcoming state tournament on Oahu.

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