Friday, August 12, 2011

UPW mulls strike, Hawaii airports filling vacancies, kids don't see dentists, revised Maui wind farm gets nod, Pepeekeo power plant could pollute, Kauai hydroelectric hurts native species, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian monk seal
Hawaiian monk seals and local fishermen haven’t been getting along very well. And fishermen aren’t happy about a proposal to extend a conservation zone around the main Hawaiian islands to further protect the endangered species. Civil Beat.

Board of Land and Natural Resources and others conduct site visit on Mauna Kea in permitting case for Thirty Meter Telescope. Tribune-Herald.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has urged the federal government to take more of the financial responsibility for providing social services and education to Pacific migrants as costs to Hawaii have increased substantially over the past decade. Star-Advertiser.

A complaint the union representing Hawaii's public school teachers filed against the state is getting the attention of other unions. Associated Press.

United Public Workers union authorize a possible strike. KHON2.

FACT CHECK — Abercrombie: State Has Not Met With UPW. Civil Beat.

The state airports division has filled a little more than half of the 203 vacancies it reported at the beginning of the year, so more janitorial and maintenance workers are working to repair and clean up airports statewide. KITV4.

Oral Health America indicates that nearly one in five kids in Hawaii under the age of 9 has never been to a dentist. KITV4.

Some of Hawaii's biggest hospitals have a new program to electronically share patient records to improve patient care. Associated Press.

The Honolulu Ethics Commission has imposed a $650 fine on a member of the city Planning Commission and referred the matter to the Carlisle administration to determine whether further disciplinary action is warranted. Star-Advertiser.

If Thursday's meeting of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's Finance Committee is any indication, HART's interim executive director and the city's transportation services director are no longer in charge of the $5.3 billion needed to construct the rail system. Civil Beat.

Hawaii County Redistricting Commission considers political boundary maps. West Hawaii Today.

The proposed Pepeekeo power plant could be more polluting than both the operator and state regulators claim, a federal agency said after reviewing draft air permit conditions. Tribune-Herald.

Renewable and sustainable don’t necessarily go hand in hand in Kaua‘i’s 100-year legacy of hydroelectric power, according to two biologists on the island. Garden Island.

Plans for Auwahi Energy's major new wind farm at Ulupalakua Ranch have been significantly revised to account for environmental and archaeological impacts and community comments. Maui News.

A ten year old boy has become the talk of the town after he fished a strange looking octopus from the ocean at Heeia Kea Pier. KHON2.

NASA's Web site is showing several opportunities to spot the International Space Station in Hawaii skies over the next few days, weather permitting, of course. Hawaii News Now.

After much talk and secrecy, the Aloha Stadium’s new artificial surface was unveiled Thursday afternoon. Pacific Business News.

Kona, your new community college is moving closer to reality. West Hawaii Today.

State Sen. Ronald Kouchi is hosting two listening sessions to enable senior officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources to hear the concerns of people on Kauai. Associated Press.

Caregiving Focus of Hawaii Society of Business Professionals. Hawaii Public Radio.

A California lawyer filed a lawsuit in state court this week seeking to review President Obama's long-form birth certificate. Star-Advertiser.