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More firebreaks sought to protect palila habitat on Maunakea.

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Updated fire code proposed

A revamp of the county fire code is in the works, with Puna Councilwoman Ashley Kierkiewicz proposing updates in both the requirements and permit fees to prepare the county for compliance with the latest state requirements.

Obituaries for October 14

Martin George Heins, 65, of Kailua-Kona died Sept. 9 in Kealakekuai.Born in The Netherlands, he was a mechanic, security guard and U.S. Army veteran. Private services. Online condolences: ballardfamilymortuaries.com. Survived by brothers Eric Heins and David Swor Heins of San Francisco, The Rev. Paul Heins of Port Townsend, Wash; a niece. Arrangements by Ballard Family Mortuary.

Board: Nonresponsiveness is not an ethics violation

A nonresponse from government officials to emails and telephone calls isn’t necessarily a violation of the ethics code, the county Board of Ethics said Wednesday in denying a resident’s call to penalize 14 top officials for ignoring his warnings about what he saw as the danger of face masks and vaccines during the coronavirus pandemic.

East Hawaii lacked rain in September

The last month of the dry season was emphatically so for the windward Big Island, and the National Weather Service’s only official rain gauge to measure rainfall in double-digits in September was in Kona’s coffee belt, which experiences its rainy season in the summer.

EIS for aquarium fish collecting approved

The agency charged with protecting the state’s natural resources has approved an environmental impact statement allowing the harvesting of tropical fish for the aquarium industry despite ongoing litigation over the issue.