West Hawaii News, 08 June 2018

Accessed on 08 June 2018, 1603 UTC, Post #16978.



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Here are today’s top West Hawaii news stories compiled by “West Hawaii Today”, published in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

PM update: Ocean entry sending large laze plume along coastline

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports fissure 8 is very active and producing a large channelized flow that has filled in Kapoho Bay. The lava delta is 1.2 miles wide in the Vacationland area and the flow is expanding northward through Kapoho Beach Lots. The ocean entry is sending a large laze plume into the air along the coastline.

Council passes GET-lite hike

HILO — It took a volcanic eruption and a few compromises to convince them, but a majority of County Council members now supports a half-sized version of the previously ill-fated general excise tax surcharge.

Community plans cleanup effort for emergency bypass in North Kohala

KAILUA-KONA — Landslides and a downed tree that closed Highway 270, also known as Akoni Pule Highway, in three different places east of Kapaau last month marked one more example of why the area needs another option when it comes to getting residents out — and first responders in — should an emergency occur, area residents say.

FWS to prepare draft Programmatic EIS for Pakini Nui, 3 other wind farms

KAILUA-KONA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently published a notice of intent to prepare a draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement addressing the potential effects of operations and maintenance activities on the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat, Hawaiian goose and Hawaiian petrel at four wind farms in the state, including one in Ka‘u.

Kona clamors for answers on air quality

KAILUA-KONA — Confusion, apprehension and frustration, along with a greater-than-capacity crowd, spilled out the open doors of the West Hawaii Civic Center’s County Council Chambers Wednesday night at a meeting to discuss deteriorating air quality in the region.

HPD searching for missing teen

KAILUA-KONA — Hawaii Island police are asking for the public’s help locating a 13-year-old boy who apparently ran away from home.

Afternoon update: Slow winds bringing vog to island interior

The National Weather Service reported at 1:30 today that slow, easterly winds are expected to bring vog to the island interior starting tonight, and over the next two days. Volcanic gas output and ash emissions may increase, affecting air quality across the central and southern half of the island. The trades are expected to pick up again by the weekend.

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Until next time,
Russ Roberts