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Hawaii Island News, 22 November 2009


The University Board of Regents has approved two sub-plans for the management of Mauna Kea, clearing the way for review by the state land board.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”,  the plans govern cultural and  natural resource management on the summit.  Two more sub-plans, relating to telescope decommissioning and public access, still need approval by the regents and the BLNR.  Meanwhile, a group of Hawaiian and environmenta advocates are hoping to derail final approval in a contested case hearing set for December 9th in Hilo before Judge Glenn Hara.

Due to  HGEA contract leave days and cost cutting measures such as conserving electricity, Hawaii Community College will be closed on the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27th, 2009 and the last two weeks of the year, Monday, December 21st, 2009 to Friday, January 1st, 2010.  The school will re-open for the new year on January 4th, 2010.

Police detectives tell the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that an incident in Ka’u last Thursday night left a man with a bullet wound in his left leg after he allegedly tried to break into a home in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.  Plice identified the wounded man as 34-year old Justin McNeely of no permanent address.  McNeely was treated for a bullet wound to his left leg at the Kona Community Hospital and was arrested after treatment.  The alleged target of the attempted robbery was John Fitzsimmons, who was arrested for assault.

Puna police are investigating a reported home invasion robbery at a Pukewae Circle home in the Volcano Golf Course subdivision.  According to police, a 77-year old man said two or three masked men overpowered him and demanded money.  The suspects beat the man, tied him up, and left the home with money and personal belongings.  Anyone with information on this case should call police at 935-3311.

(AP).  Hawaii is anxiously watching the year-end tuna supply.  That’s because, for the first time, federal regulators are expected to prohibit the catching of big eye in waters west of the islands once fishermen hit their annual catch limit.  The potential for a shortage has left consumers, fishermen, wholesalers and retailers wondering if they’ll be able to get hold of the tuna, or ahi.

(AP).  Backup quarterback Shane Austin threw for a career-high 299 yards and Leon Wright-Jackson scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime to lift Hawaii to a 17-10 win over San Jose State Saturday night.  The Warriors won their third straight after a six-game losing streak.

(AP).  The state has been awarded a $1 million labor market information grant.  State labor officials say the federl money will enable Hawaii to employ strategies to allow jobseekers to connect with green jobs and ensure workers find employment after completing training.

The staff of the Department of Parks and REcreation will be removing a large tree at Ainaloa Park on Tuesday, November 24th.  The project will require a temporary road closure on Kilaha Street between Kilaha Place and Maunakai Street beginning 8a.m. until approximately 2 p.m.  For details, call 961-8311.