West Hawaii News 07/19/2019

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Tour guides feeling the pinch of Maunakea closure

HILO — The closure of Maunakea and uncertainty about the status of Saddle Road is having a direct impact on the island’s tour guides — primarily mom and pop operations that rely on stargazing and astronomy tours to make their living.

More transfer stations close

KAILUA-KONA — Earlier this week, three West Hawaii transfer stations, Keauhou, Keei and Puako, were closed as a result of staff shortages.

Update: Quiet day on mountain wrapping up

MAUNAKEA — An estimated 600 opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope were back on the mountain Thursday, but there were no injuries or arrests reported, according to a release from the State of Hawaii.

Astronomers: ‘We’re sort of dead in the water’

The protests surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and the closure of the Maunakea Access Road affects not only the future of astronomy, but its present, as well, according to astronomers who use the telescopes already in place on the mountain.

TMT responds to opponents’ TRO petition

HILO — TMT International Observatory on Monday filed a response to an application by opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope for a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the project.

Cinder quarry looks to expand

HILO — A cinder quarry south of Leilani Estates may be expanded in the next few years after a petition was filed by Kamehameha Schools last month.

School supply drive culminates with ‘Bash’ on July 28

KAILUA-KONA — In an effort to provide hoodies, shirts, school supplies and haircuts, Umekes, Boss Cutz and 101 Salon have teamed up with the Young Professional’s Network of the West Hawaii Association of Realtors to accomplish just that.

Dairy lagoon removal underway

HILO — The removal of wastewater lagoons at Big Island Dairy is underway, the state Department of Health said Thursday.

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