Monday, July 12, 2010

Our military might, fire blazes on Maui, audit blasts state sheriffs, priceless queen's chair left on steps, internet found lacking on isles, more news

The guided missile destroyer USS Chafee is scheduled to return home to Pearl Harbor on Monday. Associated Press.

Hawaii-based Marines for the first time yesterday began using robotic support vehicles designed to trail behind squads in unfriendly terrain to carry supplies and wounded Marines with no one at the wheel. Star-Advertiser.

The return of the military’s biennial Rim of the Pacific Exercise this month has environmentalists concerned. Garden Island.

Lt. Col. Christopher Faurot likened the Air Force's new F-22 Raptor fighter jet to the io, the hawk that has soared over Hawaii's forests and grasslands for thousands of years. Associated Press.

Four years after Molokai veterans began the process of building a veterans center, a group of fed-up veterans traveled to Maui last week to protest further hold-ups in obtaining their building permit.Molokai Dispatch.



Sunday night the Honolulu Symphony society board of directors announced its best and final Offer has been rejected by the musicians union. KHON2.

On Friday, the musician's union met with the symphony's board of directors to offer its second counter proposal since negotiations began in April. KITV.

Lax management and equipment problems have created a state Sheriff Division that could jeopardize public safety, a scathing audit concludes. Star-Advertiser.

We hear a lot of talk about the ballooning federal deficit. But what about the financial commitments the Hawaii state government has made to public employees? Civil Beat.

International Alzheimer's conference sails to Hawaii for first time. Hawaii News Now.

 State De- partment of Public Safety officials said last week that they hope to begin construction sometime next year on the $235 million first phase of a new multipurpose jail complex to replace the "overcrowded, dilapidated and inefficient" Maui Community Correctional Center. Maui News.

Maui fire quickly spreads near Happy Valley. Hawaii News Now.

Maui Civil Defense has requested the power be shut off in Happy Valley in order to protect firefighters fighting flames in the area. KHON2.

Towering flames consumed brush on a ridge above Happy Valley and below the Wailuku Country Estates on Sunday night, drawing spectators and bringing traffic congestion to nearby roads. Maui News.

George Yokoyama brings millions in government grants to the Big Island, and through his taxpayer-funded transportation service, he literally delivers the votes. Or at least the voters. West Hawaii Today.

When a donated antique chair was left on the front steps of the Academy Art Center at Linekona on Thursday, the art school thought it found a pretty new perch for its nude models. Star-Advertiser.

Kamehameha Schools announced on its website that it has admitted a non-Hawaiian student. KITV.

Officials make case for faster internet. Tribune-Herald.

The Department of Emergency Management will reveal its updated Tsunami Evacuation Zone maps for Oahu Monday. KHON2.