Herbicide ban advances

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Our lead story discusses a proposed herbicide ban for Hawaii County parks and highways.

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Accessed on 07 November 2019, 1455 UTC, Post 19797.



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Herbicide ban advances

HILO — A ban on the county’s use of weedkillers in parks and along its highways advanced Wednesday on an 8-1 vote, although some members of the County Council asked for more clarification before its final vote later this month.

Council hears vacation rental update

HILO — West Hawaii accounts for 82% of the county’s short-term vacation rental applications in permitted areas and just 25% of those in non-permitted areas, according to a report discussed Tuesday by the County Council Planning Committee.

Problem Kia driver gets up to 5 years

KAILUA-KONA — The 26-year-old driver of a white Kia Soul who gained notoriety on social media earlier this year for its driver’s “erratic and dangerous” actions will spend up to five years behind bars.

Waste ideas kicked around

HILO — A system that can transform nearly any organic waste into fuel or other products without incineration was the subject of a Tuesday meeting of the County Council’s Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy and Environmental Management.

County’s mauna costs near $5M

HILO — Hawaii County has spent nearly $5 million on expenses relating to the standoff at Maunakea Access Road, but reimbursement should be coming soon.

DHHL beneficiaries urge restructuring of department

HILO — Major changes need to be made to the Hawaiian Homes Commission and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands before Native Hawaiians can be reconnected to their homelands, a series of speakers told a state Senate panel Monday in Honolulu.

Airbnb agrees to provide host records to Hawaii

HONOLULU — Airbnb Inc. has agreed to provide Hawaii with records of many of its island hosts as the state tries to track down vacation rental operators who haven’t been paying their taxes.

Baltimore Clean-up activist hits Big Island

KAILUA-KONA — Conservative activist and Baltimore Clean-up organizer Scott Presler is coming to Hawaii Island to speak in support of President Trump and what can be done in the local community by ordinary citizens.

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