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Hawaii Island News, 25 January 2010

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(Honolulu Advertiser).  Dante Carpenter, a former Big Island mayor and former trustee of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, was chosen Sunday as interim chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  The party’s state central committee selected Carpenter to serve as interim chairman until the party’s convention in May when a new chairman will be elected.

North Kona Councilman Kelly Greenwell tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that he is still considering whether he will run for a second term.  Greenwell says he is very disppointed with the way the county council operates, and is frustrated in particular with the state laws regarding open and public meetings.  Greenwell contends the state legislature has exempted itself from restrictions in the Sunshine Law.

(Honolulu Advertiser).  Neil Abercrombie says that Furlough Fridays are an absolute disgrace and reflect a total lack of leadership where the failure of adults resulted in the violation of our highest principle:  that children come first.  Abercrombie sharply criticized the Lingle Administration’s across the board budget cuts as “aimlessness”.

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

(AP).  Tom Watson became the 13th oldest player to win on the Champions Tour yesterday at Kaupulehu-Kona, birdieing the final two holes for a one-stroke win over senior newcomer Fred Couples in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.   The 60-year old Watson, coming off a win with Jack Nicklaus in the Championship Skins at Kaanapali, closed with a 7-under 65 and a 22-under 194 for his 13th Champions Tour title.

The BIIF Canoe Paddling Championships were held this past Saturday at Hilo Bay.  In the girls division, Pahoa was disqualified for burying a flag.  Kamehameha-Hawaii was declared the winner.  Waiakea High was named second.  Kanu O Ka Aina public charter school was declared the third place winner.  In the boys division, Kamehameha-Hawaii, Kealakehe, and Konawaena finished 1,2, and 3.  The state canoe paddling championships will be held on February 5th at Keehi Lagoon on Oahu.

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

The Department of Water Supply will be conducting a fire hydrant flow test at a hydrant along the Mamalahoa Highway, between Rodney Yano Hall and the Captain Cook Post Office Center, on Thursday, January 28th, betweeen the hours of 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The affected area may experience slight discolored and turbid water for several hours after the test.  Customers are advised to refrain from washing clothes and store a container of water for their drinking needs until the supply of water is restored to normal.

Those concerned about preserving the historic banyan tree gracing Reed’s Bay Beach Park in Hilo should call Sydney Singer, the Director of the Good Shepherd Foundation, at 935-5563.  Singler contends the historic tree will be chopped down because the county considers it “Not Native” to the area.

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