West Hawaii News 07/25/2019

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Big Island unemployment rate up in June

KAILUA-KONA — The unemployment rate on Hawaii Island increased by more than half a percentage point from May to June, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Council asks for moratorium on the mauna

HILO — Testimony ranged from poetic to pragmatic to piqued. But all speakers were passionate and tears flowed on both sides of the dais Wednesday as the County Council passed a nonbinding resolution backing state Sen. Kai Kahele’s call for a 60-day moratorium on construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea.


Governor visits TMT opponents for first time

Gov. David Ige on Tuesday evening met with Thirty Meter Telescope opponents near the Maunakea Access Road shortly after announcing that Mayor Harry Kim would take over efforts to negotiate a peaceful resolution with demonstrators who have blocked the road for nine days.

Council committee advances changes to Kona CDP

HILO — Despite concerns from about a dozen testifiers that changes to Kona’s community development plan would make it harder to hold developers accountable for their promises, a County Council panel Tuesday advanced a measure making a host of amendments.

West Hawaii affordable housing projects moving forward

With more than half of North Kona and South Kohala renters paying above 30% of their income toward rent, two affordable housing projects in the region have the potential to help meet a critical need for the region.

Judge denies TRO to stop TMT construction

Opponents and supporters of the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope overflowed a Hilo courtroom Tuesday for a hearing on a petition for a temporary restraining order that would prohibit further construction activities on Maunakea unless TMT posts a performance bond of at least $1.4 billion, the project’s estimated price tag.

Water service restored to Puako Beach Drive residents

KAILUA-KONA — A water main break near Ascension Mission Catholic Church on Puako Beach Drive has resulted in little to no water service for customers in the area, the Department of Water Supply reported Tuesday afternoon.

Highways reopen after brush fires

SOUTH KOHALA — Two major West Hawaii highways were closed Tuesday afternoon as firefighters worked to extinguish two separate brush fires that broke out in South Kohala.

Ige asks Mayor Kim to negotiate with protesters

HILO — Gov. David Ige just issued a statement in which he calls upon Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim “to coordinate both county and state efforts to peacefully attempt to reach common ground with the protectors of Maunakea and the broader community. Mayor Kim is closest to the situation and the impacts are greatest on the island he leads.”

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