West Hawaii News, 19 June 2018

Accessed on 19 June 2018, 1556 UTC, Post #17051.



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

Vacation rental bill postponed again

HILO — After hearing pleas from short-term vacation rental operators in Puna and elsewhere asking the county put a vacation rental bill aside until Puna and the county recover from its ongoing lava emergency, the County Council Planning Committee postponed action Monday until July 10.

542 arrested for DUI this year so far

During the week of June 11-17, Hawaii Island police arrested 27 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21.

Monk seal deaths prompt awareness message

The recent deaths of three critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals on Oahu due to toxoplasmosis could have been preventable, according to a joint statement from the heads of the Hawaii Departments of Health (DOH) and Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).

DLNR warns about illegal lava viewing

HILO — The urge to get up close to lava during the current Kilauea eruption is not only unsafe but people who get caught now potentially face steep fines and jail time, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a press release Monday.

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Until next time,
Russ Roberts