Hawaii Island News, 02 July 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 02 July 2018.

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Here are today’s top Hawaii Island news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

GET bill sails through council
A one-quarter-percent surcharge will be added to the general excise tax in Hawaii County starting Jan. 1, following action Friday by the County Council. After teetering on both the winning and losing side of a 5-4 vote for months, the bill passed 7-2 just one day before the state-imposed deadline. West Hawaii Today. Big Island Video News.

Mayor Kim evokes eruption with GET plea
Mayor Harry Kim asked the council to pass the new general excise surcharge as Hawaii County faces a fiscal struggle made worse by the eruption of Kilauea Volcano in Puna. Big Island Video News.

Lava zone construction ban proposed
State Sen. Lorraine Inouye is proposing that Hawaii County officials prohibit new construction on thousands of lots in the two highest risk lava inundation zones to try to prevent another disaster on the scale of the ongoing May 3eruption of Kilauea Volcano. Star-Advertiser.

Tiny homes dedicated for displaced
Community organizers celebrated the spirit of collaboration Saturday as they officially dedicated a new micro-housing facility for residents displaced by the ongoing lava flow in Lower Puna. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald.

Fissure 8 still pumping lava to sea
Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported Sundaythat fissure No. 8 in Kilauea volcano’s lower East Rift Zone continues to be active and feeding a lava channel to the ocean at Kapoho, producing a broad ocean entry at Kapoho Beach Lots. The spatter cone was said to be about 180-feet high.Tribune-Herald.

What causes the collapse/explosion events at Kilauea’s summit?
The short answer is that the rigid rock of the caldera floor is responding to the steady withdrawal of magma from a shallow reservoir beneath the summit. Tribune-Herald.

County asks bidders to hold prices on Lono Kona sewer project
Bids for the project were opened on March 29and the deadline to award the project wasFriday. However, awarding the contract requires a letter of concurrence from the USDA Rural Utilities Service because federal funds are being used to fund the project, according to Barett Otani, spokesman for the Hawaii County Department of Public Works. West Hawaii Today.

PUC approves HELCO rate increase
The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3-0 to give Hawaii Electric Light Co. a reduced rate increase so that the utility can meet its revenue requirement of $290.7 million. Star-Advertiser.

Dairy confirms volume of May wastewater discharge
Nearly 2.3 million gallons of rain and wastewater were discharged from Big Island Dairy in Ookala over three days in May, before heading into nearby gulches. Tribune-Herald. 

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts