Hawaii Island News

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Growing the budget: Final council reading Wednesday
The County Council has already added $1.1 million to Mayor Harry Kim’s record-setting $573.5 million operating budget. On Wednesday, council members are poised to add even more.West Hawaii Today.

Firefighter raises, bonuses questioned
A pay plan for firefighters that includes raises as well as bonuses and other perks could be on shaky ground, with Mayor Harry Kim opposed and the County Council offering only tepid support. West Hawaii Today.

Homeless get the boot from Mooheau, guards stationed at two locations
The deep cleaning was a reaction to the steadily worsening conditions at the park. Homeless communities lingering at the park led to increasingly unsanitary conditions, with trash and human waste accumulating throughout the park. Tribune-Herald.Big Island Video News. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

PGV eyes new wells
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is reviewing applications for two new geothermal wells at Puna Geothermal Venture. PGV, which aims to restart operations by the end of the year, is allowed to build as many as 28 wells under a plan of operation approved in 2006. It currently has 11 wells, five for injection and six for production, that range in depths of 4,000 feet and 8,000 feet. Tribune-Herald.

Proposed rules to manage Mauna Kea stir worry in the Native Hawaiian community
The University of Hawai‘i is asking for public feedback on its latest draft rules to improve management of Mauna Kea. Hawaiian activists say although rules are needed, they fear it would criminalize cultural activities. Hawaii News Now.

Advice for First-Time Homebuyers

The Hawai‘i Homeownership Center helps navigate the complex world of buying a home… read more.

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