Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Substitute teachers to get back pay, state employees pay revealed, whale tended to in Hilo, lawmakers grill agencies, Molokai students to get uniforms, more Hawaii news

The Hawaii Supreme Court will not take up the state's appeal of a ruling that requires the Department of Education to give substitute teachers millions of dollars in back pay. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers heard from educators about the state's pursuit of more federal funds. KHON2.

State senators Tuesday reviewed a state audit describing the state sheriffs division as overwhelmed and underfunded with too many diverse responsibilities. KITV.

State public safety officials defended their management of the Sheriff Division yesterday, insisting they are doing what they can with limited resources to meet increasing demands. Star-Advertiser.

On Wed., Aug. 18, the Honolulu City Council will hold a hearing to get public comment on whether to allow Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts to build a new 26-story hotel/condo directly on Waikiki Beach next to Kuhio Beach Park. Honolulu Weekly.

Eight of the top 11 highest paid employees are in positions created in response to a court order to improve mental health services. The salaries of the 10 highest paid state workers range from $254,610 to $171,817. Civil Beat.

Searchable database makes it possible to learn what the state pays more than 14,000 workers. Civil Beat.

The State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) has released the 2009 edition of the State of Hawai‘i Data Book at http://www.hawaii.gov/dbedt. Hawaii Reporter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is tentatively scheduling its hearing on Gov. Linda Lingle's appointment of Associate Justice Mark Recktenwald as chief justice for Aug. 25. Star-Advertiser.

State government ended fiscal year 2010 in the red. It is the second straight year Hawaii has operated at a deficit and by in doing so violated the state constitution for a second straight year. Hawaii News Now.

If current projections by the Council on Revenues hold true the state is expected to end the current fiscal year with a $236.1 million surplus. KHON2.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii has decided not to challenge several candidates for the state Legislature in the primary election who do not meet the party's standards for running for political office. Star-Advertiser.

The County of Hawaii Elections Division will offer "Drive-Thru Voter Registration" from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the following locations. Tribune-Herald.

Big Island residents may see new opportunities to volunteer in a West Hawaii national forest reserve, under a proposed new comprehensive conservation plan. West Hawaii Today.

While there was a spike of missed county trash pickups in July, there has been a trend toward fewer missed automated garbage collection routes in the past three fiscal years, Maui County Council members were told Monday. Maui News.

A combination of an underwater vacuuming system and sea urchins successfully kept a Hawaii coral reef mostly clear of invasive seaweed over the last year, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said Tuesday. Associated Press.

It's slimy, it looks nasty and grows like weeds in a yard. It's also one of the biggest problems endangering coral reefs in the state of Hawaii. KITV.

With notebooks and binoculars in hand, dozens of wildlife biologists and volunteers will take to Hawai‘i’s wetlands on Wednesday, August 18, for statewide bi-annual waterbird surveys. Hawaii Reporter.

The boundaries and regulations of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary could potentially expand several years from now, said the sanctuary’s regional director, Allen Tom, during a public scoping meeting last weekend in Lihu’e. Garden Island.

A distressed whale weighing nearly a ton has been rescued from South Maui and flown to a marine mammal hospital on the Big Island. Associated Press.

The beak whale was discovered stranded Monday morning, in waters off South Maui. KITV

After volunteers had patiently tended to a troubled young whale for seven hours in shallow water off the Waipuilani Beach access, the animal was finally hoisted onto a truck for a mercy flight to a dolphin hospital in Hilo on Monday. Maui News.

She came from the seas surrounding Kona on the leeward side of the Big Island. Garden Island.

More than 60 percent of households own a pet, but do you really know where it came from? Hawaii News Now.

Molokai High School students will forgo trendy Roxy and Quicksilver shirts for newly-minted uniforms starting Sept. 1. Molokai Dispatch.