Hawaii Island News, midday edition, 29 Jan 2019

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Accessed on 29 January 2019, 1945 UTC, Post 18341.



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Cultural center atop Mauna Kea sought
The possibility of creating a future Hawaiian cultural and/or educational center somewhere on the higher elevations of Mauna Kea was discussed during a recent informational briefing at the Capitol. Big Island Video News.

Hilo airport, air cargo concerns discussed
State Senators are hoping to pass a bill this legislative session that will establish a Hawaii Airports Corporation, as lawmakers question some of the issues at Hilo International Airport. During a recent Senate Ways and Means Committee briefing, chair Donovan Dela Cruz focused the discussion on airports “that are not generating enough revenue to cover its operational costs, like Hilo Airport.” Big Island Video News.

Lab to fill little fire ants vacancy, budgetary slip delays hiring process
As little fire ants continue to swarm West Hawaii, the state inches closer to fortifying permanent reinforcements to combat the invasive species. Included in last year’s budget was $200,000 in extra annual funding for Hawaii Ant Lab, a portion of which was earmarked for the creation of the lab’s first full-time position in West Hawaii. As of Friday, the University of Hawaii at Manoa had yet to advertise the job or form the panel that will select from qualified applicants to fill it. West Hawaii Today. 

High surf has forced the closing of Hilo’s Bayfront Highway.  Motorists should use alternate routes into Hilo town.

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Russ Roberts