Hawaii Island News, 04 Jan 2019

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Bottling plant opponents turn out for planning commission meeting
The Windward Planning Commission postponed action on a proposed bottling plant near Wailoa River State Recreation Area to a future meeting, but that didn’t stop dozens of Big Island residents from testifying against it during the panel’s Thursday meeting. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Video News.

HVNP remains open during shutdown 
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is being partially staffed during the federal government shutdown thanks to a little help from its friends. Elizabeth Fien, executive director of Friends of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, said the nonprofit organization has received about $114,000 in donations or commitments to support the park during the lapse in appropriations. Tribune-Herald.

Christmas came a little later to The Nature Conservancy
Retired Hawaii physician Charman J. Akina has donated 135 acres of land in South Kona to The Nature Conservancy that will provide habitat for rare native wildlife and plants. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts