Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hawaii fish farm faces coral damage fine, state House still out of order, ignition interlock law flawed, airport chief wants more money, Maui resort taken over by lenders, Lanai wind farm discussion slated, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

Technology finally enabled scientists to prove what they'd thought to be true: A network of protected marine areas will help replenish fish stocks in areas more than 100 miles away. West Hawaii Today.

Kona Blue Water Farms faces a $6,750 fine for damaging coral when it moored a net pen in the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor last year. West Hawaii Today.

State House Speaker Calvin Say and a dissident faction challenging his leadership traded proposals over the weekend but have yet to reach a power-sharing agreement to organize the House. Star-Advertiser.

Why the big fuss over who the next House Speaker will be? In a word: power.Civil Beat.

Maui Democratic Party chairman Lance Holter is urging Hawaii House Democrats to resolve their leadership struggle internally, without including Republicans. Associated Press.

Supporters of same-sex civil unions are optimistic that a new governor who supports their plight means 2011 will be the year a civil union bill becomes law in Hawaii. KITV4.

A legislative informational briefing will be held on Tuesday, January 11 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol in Room 229 to discuss the Oahu industrial wind power plant proposed for Lanai. Hawaii Independent.

Directing the Department of Budget and Finance is one of the state's most important and challenging jobs, given that the present economic recovery probably will not generate enough added revenue to close a roughly $700 million projected state budget deficit through June 2013.Star-Advertiser.

The winter storm that pounded the Waianae Coast last month also filled one of the cells at Waimanalo Gulch Landfill with rainwater that was eventually pumped into the ocean. KHON2.

A flaw in Hawaii's new ignition interlock law prevents second and third time DUI offenders from being able to get the device installed in their vehicles as the law intended. Hawaii News Now.

The 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference – APEC – will be conducted in Hawaii in 10 months. Today, members of the Hawaii Host Committee updated a Honolulu City Council Committee on their latest plans. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawaii airport officials Monday told lawmakers they want to hire more than 200 people, many of them to repair and clean-up Hawaii's airports. KITV4.

Administrators plead case for cleaner airport restrooms. Hawaii News Now.

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a lawyer who has been in the forefront of the challenge to President Barack Obama's citizenship. Associated Press.

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t be hearing an appeal from so-called “birther” attorney Orly Taitz. Hawaii Reporter.

Kauai County canceled the first Furlough Friday of the year after saving and raising funds to stave off furloughs for the fiscal year. Star-Advertiser.

Kauai County officials said they have canceled the first furlough day of 2011, which would have been Friday. KITV4.

The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa on Maui has been taken over by a group of lenders including New York-based Paulson & Co. who seized control of former CNL Hotels & Resorts Inc. from Morgan Stanley. Pacific Business News.

From grocery stores to toy stores, businesses beginning on Tuesday will no longer be giving out plastic bags to their customers. The county's plastic bag ban takes effect then, following a long publicity campaign. Maui News.

As one part of the County's B.Y.O. Bag: Shop Smart campaign winds down, another part begins, as the county will now have to condition residents to change their behavior. Maui News.

The saying paper or plastic is now a thing of the past. KHON2.

A live bat discovered in a shipment of radishes and turnips from Korea tested negative for rabies after it was discovered in a Pearl City produce storage facility last week, state agriculture officials said today. Star-Advertiser.

Information from a Japanese man who pleaded guilty in October to smuggling 42 exotic turtles and tortoises into Honolulu airport has helped lead to two arrests in Los Angeles on similar charges. Star-Advertiser.

Shallow and relatively short. That was the extent of Oahu's most recent housing market downturn, which was reversed last year by a 3.1 percent rise in the median sale price of previously owned single-family homes to $592,750. Star-Advertiser.

Students commuted to class in the rain Monday morning as spring semester started at Kaua‘i Community College. Garden Island.