Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chinatown rat video sends Health Department scurrying, elections worries escalate, more news

Blogger exposes rat problem in Chinatown

An appetite-killing video spreading around the Internet of rats leaping and scurrying over produce at an indoor Chinatown food stall prompted the state Health Department yesterday to issue a citation to the business — while highlighting Chinatown's perennial problem with rats and other potentially disease-carrying vermin.

When the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled three years ago that the public shoreline extends to the seasonally highest wash of the waves, many saw it as a sign that wealthy coastal landowners would no longer be allowed to extend their yards onto the beach.

The resignation of Chief Election Officer Kevin Cronin is renewing concerns about whether there is enough money, manpower and time to plan successful elections next year.

People in Hawaii have given less money at red kettles across the state so far this year, compared to last year at this time, the Salvation Army said.

A 54-foot fishing vessel, the Logan, ran aground about 50 yards offshore of the John Dominis restaurant at Kewalo Basin at around 7:30 AM Wednesday. According to fire officials on the scene, the Logan was returning to Kewalo when the incident occurred.

The final two components of a plan to manage Mauna Kea were rolled out Tuesday in Hilo at a public open house.

Facing unprecedented deficits, the Hawaii County Council will take its first stab at next year's budget at its meeting today.

No concrete pads for the planned affordable townhouses at the Aina Lea project in South Kohala have been poured, the infrastructure is not in place and no progress is yet visible from Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Whale experts will be monitoring the location of a juvenile humpback after failing to free the animal from several hundred feet of heavy rope Tuesday.

A state court judge on Wednesday ruled in favor of Lady Ann Cruises and against Kaua‘i County in a Hanalei boating case.

The "facts" on roadside spraying depend largely on whom you listen to or care to believe.