Hawaii Island News, evening edition, 18 September 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 18 September 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.

Salary Commission still irked at charter amendment oversight
Some taxpayers argue they’re the ones paying government salaries and should have an opportunity to weigh in. But a majority of voters previously have approved charter amendments attempting to take the politics out of setting top county officials’ salaries by leaving it to an appointed board known as the Salary Commission. West Hawaii Today.  Big Island Video News.

Closing of Pahoa shelter a bittersweet moment for volunteers, staff
Monday, cots and tents that were a familiar sight were cleared, and the last few shelter residents made their way out. A handful of Red Cross volunteers and county staff continued to tidy up, and a man pushing a wheelchair smiled and waved as he bid farewell. At 10:25 a.m. the emergency shelter was officially closed. Tribune-Herald. KHON2.

Highway 137 reopening process begins
County officials and private contractors visited the lava-covered roadway on Monday. County Managing Director Will Okabe said he expects private contractors will submit bids for clearing lava by the end of this week. The stretch of Highway 137 that would be cleared is between Kamaili Road and Pohoiki Road. That stretch of road is only blocked by three relatively small fingers of lava. Tribune-Herald.

Lava upsurge dies down as naming the fissure heats up
A state board has received its first application recommending a name and expects a second application soon as part of a process that will involve Hawaiian elders, competing proposals and possibly a public meeting in Puna to determine what to call the roughly 100-foot-tall cinder cone now known as fissure 8. Star-Advertiser.

Waipio Valley’s beauty, danger and uncertain future
Overuse of the historic Waipio Valley and an effort to sell much of the land have created an uncertain future for the hearty people who live, work and play here. In addition to taro fields, the valley near the northern tip of the Big Island holds a black sand beach and an eye-popping waterfall that attract hundreds of visitors a day down a steep access road, too many visitors, locals say. Civil Beat. 

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Russ Roberts