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West Hawaii News, 24 Feb 2019


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Accessed on 24 February 2019, 1525 UTC, Post 18473.


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Puna councilman wants more cops for district

HILO — A resolution urging the county administration to increase funding to add more police officers in Puna is expected to appear on the Hawaii County Council’s Public Safety Committee agenda on March 12 in Hilo.

Getting to ‘Home Sweet Home’

KEAUHOU — Whether it’s remodeling a bathroom or building that dream home, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Island Living + Design Expo is an opportunity to find out how to turn those aspirations into reality.

Council approves sewer fee hikes

HILO — The first sewer fee hike in 17 years squeaked through the County Council on a 5-4 vote this week, but only after it was amended to spread the cost over five years instead of the three requested by the administration.

Tobacco tax clears final Senate committee

KAILUA-KONA — After a decision by the state Senate Committee on Ways and Means Thursday, a new tobacco tax is one reading shy of heading to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Geologists map lava thickness

A preliminary map released this week by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the thickness of lava flows from Kilauea volcano’s most recent eruption.

Threat sparks quick response

HILO — It was largely business as usual Friday at Big Island schools despite a threat posted to social media Thursday aimed at Hilo Intermediate School.

Bonds eyed for desalination plants

KAILUA-KONA — Legislators are considering a bill to authorize issuing special purpose revenue bonds to build and operate solar-powered saltwater desalination plants on Hawaii Island.

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Russ Roberts
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