West Hawaii News 08/16/2019

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Accessed on 16 August 2019, 1530 UTC, Post 19375.



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Salary Commission nixes big raises

HILO — The county Salary Commission on Thursday rejected across-the-board average 6.1% raises for county officials, but settled on a 1.25% cost-of-living adjustment instead.

TMT supporters hold rally

HILO — Approximately 100 people gathered along Kanoelehua Avenue Thursday afternoon to show support for the Thirty Meter Telescope project, while hundreds more drivers gave appreciative honks in agreement.

Distress call nets no findings off Kona

KAILUA-KONA — A help call transmitted over VHF marine radio early Tuesday evening prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to launch several aircraft and dispatch a cutter to the Kona Coast.


HILO — Police are continuing to investigate a robbery reported Saturday that allegedly took place days earlier at Hilo Baptist Church.

25 arrested for DUI

During the week of Aug. 5-11, Hawaii Island Police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. One of the drivers was under the age of 21.

Influx of permit applications alters Kona office hours

As part of an ongoing effort to address a backlog in the processing of applications and permits at the Planning Department’s West Hawaii office in Kailua-Kona, the department said Monday it will begin to limit service hours with the public on a temporary basis.

Gabbard visits TMT opponents over weekend

HILO — Several high-profile guests visited Maunakea in support of Thirty Meter Telescope opponents over the weekend, including U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

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