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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 20 June 2018.
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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories compiled by “Hawaii Business Magazine.” Views expressed are those of the reporters and correspondents.
Council kills GET hike: Administration looking for $5M in cuts
4-5 vote kills plan to to plug a $5 million volcano-blasted hole in the budget by instituting a temporary quarter-percent general excise tax surcharge. West Hawaii Today. Civil Beat. KHON2.
Public lava viewing area far-off, officials still in “emergency mode”
A close-up view of the lower Puna eruption is currently reserved for the bold and those willing to risk a citation. Tribune-Herald.
Eruption costs at $5.8M and counting
The emergency response to the ongoing Kilauea eruption that has destroyed at least 577 homes and displaced several thousand Puna residents so far has racked up more than $5.8 million in unanticipated costs for state and county agencies. Star-Advertiser.
Lava output volume far outpaces previous eruptions
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory deputy scientist-in-charge Steve Brantley, speaking at a community meeting Tuesday night at the Pahoa High & Intermediate School cafeteria, said the current lower East Rift Zone eruption has put forth an estimated 145 million cubic meters of lava over 47 days. Star-Advertiser.
New tools benefit geologists study
While the eruption has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced scores of people into shelters, it is also providing an unprecedented opportunity for scientific research. Hawaii Public Radio.
Poor air quality continues to plague Puna residents
With fissures releasing sulfur dioxide, volcanoes producing vog, and ocean lava flows creating laze, adjusting to a life of toxic gases is something many Puna residents have had to do since eruptions began. Hawaii News Now.
Free medical clinic opens at Keaau High School
Over nine days Tropic Care health clinics will be offered by the Oahu-based 1984th U.S. Army Hospital, offering medical health screening, school sports physical exams, dental services, eye exams, hearing screenings, nutritional consultation, veteran services and prescription eyeglasses. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.
Trial postponed until next year for marijuana activist
Jury selection was to begin Monday in the trial of longtime marijuana activist Mike Ruggles, accused by authorities of operating an unlicensed medical cannabis dispensary at his Fern Acres home. Tribune-Herald.
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