Hawaii Island News, afternoon edition, 16 Jan 2019

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County considers temporary road to Puna
Hawaii County is considering building a temporary access road over lava-covered portions of Highway 132 to enable more Puna residents to return home. Ron Whitmore, county Department of Research and Development deputy director, said state funds already appropriated to the county could be enough to cover the cost. Tribune-Herald.

Legislators want to expedite study on how to reopen the Puna boat ramp
The Pohoiki boat ramp at Isaac Hale Beach Park is the only public boat ramp to access the ocean from Puna and has been inaccessible since last August, when lava entering the ocean during the Kilauea eruption deposited approximately 14,000 cubic yards of black sand in front of the ramp, forming a sandbar that rendered the ramp unusable. Tribune-Herald.

Prison warden regularly questioned by courts over errors
Over the course of 12 months, the warden of Hawaii Community Correctional Center was ordered before a judge six times to show cause on erroneous releases and failed transports to Kona’s courthouses. West Hawaii Today. 

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Russ Roberts