Hawaii Island News, 24 Jan 2019

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Big Island reefs on the rebound
Nearly four years ago, coral reefs on the west side of the Big Island experienced the worst bleaching event in the state’s history. The Nature Conservacy has some good news: Those reefs appear to be recovering. Star-Advertiser.

Land purchase for conservation encounters unexpected complications
Last August, the County Council passed a resolution to acquire a 2,209-acre Kau site, which stretches from Naalehu down to the coast, in a partnership with the Trust for Public Land and Ala Kahakai Trail Association. But the mauka portion of the property has since been identified as a preferred site for the sewer plant, which the county needs to build to comply with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order to close the town’s large-capacity cesspool. Tribune-Herald.

Discipline report shows 7 officer suspensions, 2 discharges
Evidence tampering, assaults against youth and other allegations of misconduct were among a disciplinary report submitted to the state Legislature by the Hawaii Police Department. West Hawaii Today.

Council approves measures adding disaster recovery projects to budget
The Hawaii County Council gave final approval Wednesday to bills adding disaster recovery projects to the capital budget. The bills added $32.9 million in projects related to the 2018 eruption on Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone and $49.2 million in projects related to damage from Hurricane Lane. Tribune-Herald. 

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Russ Roberts