Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Big Island jolted with small quake, coral groups converge online, Honolulu cops seek bit parts on Hawaii Five-O, shark tour legislation stalled, more news

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake shook Big Island residents at 6:30 p.m. Monday. It was felt by island residents, but no tsunami was generated.

Big Island residents experienced a good shaking from an earthquake yesterday, but no tsunami was generated from it.

An earthquake on the Big Island triggered an alert over the airwaves. It said the quake did not generate a tsunami, but the alert did cause a little bit of a mix-up.

Coral reef-loving advocacy groups and government agencies are collaborating to simplify ocean monitoring programs in an effort to increase the participation of Maui's "citizen scientists."

Costs are going up and state services are going down, as the fallout from layoffs and furloughs continues to settle across government agencies responsible for everything from food and rabies inspections to issuance of birth and death certificates.

Efforts to limit or halt shark-viewing tours in the Islands through legislation have stalled in the Legislature, but the proposed bills are not dead and may resurface in the weeks to come.

Detective Paul Nagata Jr.'s father played a cop on the original "Hawaii Five-0."

Project Prevention, a national organization that pays drug addicts and alcoholics $300 cash to get sterilized or use long-term birth control, will be in Honolulu for the first time today, tomorrow and Thursday in an ongoing effort to eradicate substance-exposed births.
Fish have mysteriously returned to the ponds at the Hawaii state Capitol.

Big Island conservatives want to make it harder for the county government to take away their rights or raise taxes.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for leeward sections of Maui County.

Someone may have set the fire that destroyed a multimillion-dollar home Saturday evening in a gated Kapalua community.

Former Princeville resident Linda Grover, whose daughter, son-in-law and seven grandchildren live in Anahola, is being remembered both as a patient peace advocate and tireless worker bent on getting a national and international holiday dedicated to world peace.

Adding another staff attorney or two to the county’s in-house law firm could actually save taxpayers money if it means fewer cases are assigned to costly special outside counsel, Kauai County Attorney Al Castillo told the Cost Control Commission on Monday.