West Hawaii News, 23 Dec 2018

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

Hotline established to report illegal aquarium fish collection

HONOLULU — The Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups are working with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources to encourage people to report illegal collection of marine life for the aquarium trade, according to a release from the center sent out Wednesday.

Tow boat

KUA BAY — It took a few tries and an 1 hour, 45 minutes for the abandoned boat off Queen Kaahumanu Highway — sitting there for several months now — south of Kua Bay to be loaded onto a flatbed and towed away by the state.

The Big Squeeze: an analysis of tax and fee increases island residents are expected to pay

An analysis: From water to sewer to garbage and vehicle registration, fees have increased lately. If they haven’t yet, they soon will, as some raises will usher in the new year. Taxes, too, have risen. From property to fuel to a general excise tax soon to hit most retail goods, taxes have steadily climbed over the last year. Little wonder residents across the island grumble about government picking their pocketbooks dry. This 2-day, 3-part series looks at the bevy of fee and tax hikes everyone is expected to pay.

NOAA releases regulations on water-based military training

KAILUA-KONA — A federal agency has put in place what it described as “the most protective authorizations to date” to regulate environmental impact stemming from water-based military training exercises, but opponents of those actions aren’t convinced.

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Until next time,
Russ Roberts