Monday, July 27, 2009

Big fish farm for Big Island, other top news

A dozen spherical cages each with a diameter half the length of a football field would be sub- merged in state waters off the Big Island if plans are realized to establish the largest open-ocean fish farm in Hawai'i.

A team of scientists led by a University of Hawaii oceanographer had a big surprise when they looked to the ancient past for clues to global warming.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded more than $1.7 million to the University of Hawaii.

State funding cuts are battering the nonprofit sector, which has laid off scores of people over the last 12 months and is preparing for more bad news as state departments scrutinize their contracts looking for more savings.

About 420 low-income households in Hawai'i will soon be getting solar water heaters paid for with $3.7 million from the federal economic stimulus program.

The so-called "novel" H1N1 Influenza A (swine flu) "is not novel anymore," says Dr. Chris Whelen, State Laboratories Division administrator.

Some of the state's top tech-savvy innovators Saturday fused together to exchange ideas and find ways to get more people to use this valuable resource.

A less-than-hoped yield for a well drilled by Maui Land & Pineapple Co. at Piiholo has put the company and Maui County water officials at odds over a deal to use the water.

Funding has already been set aside for curbside recycling to begin next year, Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. told community members at last week’s Apollo Kaua‘i meeting.

They say a man can't serve two masters, but Lincoln Ashida finds himself serving many more than that.

While Gov. Linda Lingle was meeting with union leaders last week in an attempt to resolve their labor dispute, some of the state's Big Island employees were receiving layoff notices and pondering their financial futures.

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