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Hawaii Island News, 24 January 2010


The Hawaii County Council has rejected a resolution asking teh state legislature to decriminalize marijuana.  Council members also voted to urge the legislature and Governor Lingle to continue giving the four counties their current share of the transient accommodations tax.

More students in East Hawaii could be walking to schoo if the Board of Education approves a new bus plan for the state.  The plan to expand the radius of no bus service to 2.5 miles for high school students, 2 miles for grades 6 through 8, and 1.5 miles for grades 1 thorugh 5 is an attempt to reduce the current $12 million transportation budget.  The plan is not setting well with Jelena Clay, who has children attending Hilo Intermediate School.  She tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that there are safety issues not being considered in the plan.

(AP).  Two state Senate committees will consider two measures that seek to curtail the use of  legal and illegal fireworks in Hawaii.  The bills will be considered Monday at the state Capitol by the committees of public safety and transportation.  An 11-year old boy and a 7-year old girl were critically injured in a fireworks accident on Maui on January 1st.

Due to a large demand for water and ongoing dry weather conditions, the Department of Water Supply is requesting consumers in Naalehu, Waiohinu, and in areas near South Point to reduce daily water usage by 10%.  Agricultural users should irrigate only at night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.  This measure will reduce water loss due to evaporation and minimizr water system drain during peak demand.

Notice to motorists:  Pavement marking and signage installations will occur along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway from Lako Street to Henry Street beginning Monday and lasting through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.  One lane in traffic in each direction will be open at all times.

High levels of vog and sulphur dioxide forced the closure of the Thomas Jaggar Museum on Friday.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, monitors at the museum and the overlook stayed above 5 parts per million for 45 minutes before falling back to “unhealthy” levels of between 1 and 3 parts per million.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento said if you feel health effects in the Volcano Area it is best just to leave.

Police have identified the 17-year old Pahoa boy who died Wendesday from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night on Kahakai Boulevard.  Police said Gary A. Gonsalves, Jr. was the victim of the accident that occurred in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.  This was the fifth traffic fatality on the Big Island this year, compared to one at the same time in 2009.

The Neuter-Scooter is returning to Hilo on Thursday, January 28th , offering low cost spay/neuter for cats.  To receive a $10.00 discount for your pet cat, please call Hui Pono Holoholona at 968-8279.

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