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Football player knocked out during game returns to school - Hawaii News Now

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Football player knocked out during game returns to school
Hawaii News Now
Liko Carvalho described his first day back at Kahuku High School as 'okay'.
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This young player is lucky to be alive and in good health. Concussion injuries aren't something to ignore.  The long-lasting effects of this injury could affect him for years.  I hope his doctors will let him rest and recover from this injury.  For what it's worth, I suggest this player sit out the football season until he his recovered fully from the concussion.  Aloha, Russ.

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US women's volleyball team completes sweep of Brazil - Hawaii News Now

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US women's volleyball team completes sweep of Brazil
Hawaii News Now
HONOLULU, Hawaii (July 12, 2014) – The U.S.
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The United States men's soccer team may have lost in the FIFA tournament in Brazil, but the second-ranked U.S. women's volleyball team returned the favor Saturday night in Honolulu by defeating top-ranked Brazil in a fourth straight match.  In the USA Volleyball Cup, Team USA outlasted Brazil 22-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-23, and 15-11 before 6,000 fans in Honolulu.  Aloha, Russ.

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Do You Find the Taxes on Power in Hawaii Shocking? - Honolulu Civil Beat

Do You Find the Taxes on Power in Hawaii Shocking?
Honolulu Civil Beat
Hawaii's largest news outlet dedicated to Hawaii public affairs reporting.
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Incisive article by reporter Tom Yamachika of "Honolulu Civil Beat."  Yamachika believes part of the reason people in Hawaii pay so much for power is the complex tax schedules levied agains companies that generate power. While most residents pay a state income tax and a general excise tax of purchased goods, our electric utilities pay a multitude of extra taxes, ranging from the Public Service Company Tax (PSCT) to the PUC tax and the Public Utilities Franchise Tax.  Yamachika believes the totality of these extra taxes add a considerable amount to your electric bill each month.  Add to this the amount of imported oil utilities use to generate power and you've got a heavy burden on the taxpayers.  Yamachika calls on our elected state and county representatives to correct this situation.  The price of paradise is indeed high--too high for many of us.  Aloha, Russ.

 

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Big Island police locate missing California teen - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island police locate missing California teen
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Big Island police located Jasmine Keilani on Saturday around 10:55 p.m. in the Kailua-Kona area. Officials say she returned ...
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Hawaii Island police have found a 16-year-old San Diego girl, who was reported missing last Tuesday along Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.  Police located Jasmine Keilani unharmed around 10:55 p.m. Saturday.  She has been returned to hier parents.  Aloha, Russ.

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Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit Coming To Hilo - Big Island Video News

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Big Island Video News Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit Coming To Hilo Big Island Video News The second annual Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit (PAES), hosted by ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, coordinated by the University of Hawaiʻi at...
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Thanks to "Big Island Video News" for this update.  The 'Imiloa Astronomy Center has joined the University of Hawaii-Hilo Conference Center, the Thirty  Meter Telescope, and the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee in sponsoring the 2nd Annual Astronomy and Engineering Summit, 21-25 July, at the 'Imiloa Center near UH-Hilo.  The summit will be an intensive five-day program focused on Engineering and Astronomy.  For program details, visit paes@imiloahawaii.org.  Aloha, Russ.

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San Diego teen missing in Hawaii

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Hawaii Island police are searching for a 16-year-old San Diego girl who went missing during a family vacation on the Big Island.
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Hawaii Island police are looking for a 16-yearold San Diego, California girl who disappeared during a Hawaii Island vacation.  Jasmine Keilani was last seen in Kailua-Kona on 08 July.  She is 5 ft, 5 inches tall, weighs about 125 pounds, and has brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311. Aloha, Russ.

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Guam-bound United plane diverted to Midway atoll - Hawaii News Now

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Guam-bound United plane diverted to Midway atoll
Hawaii News Now
Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Sen.
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A United Airlines flight from Honolulu to Guam made an unscheduled stop at Midway Island because of "a mechanical issue."  On Friday, the airline used replacement flights to return 335 passengers and 13 crew members to Honolulu.  Passengers were put on another flight to Guam.  Midway Island is now a wildlife refuge with only limited access to visitors.  Aloha, Russ.

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Speakers question downsizing Aloha Stadium - Hawaii News Now

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Speakers question downsizing Aloha Stadium
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HONOLULU (AP) - A former University of Hawaii football player and other speakers urged state officials to replace Aloha Stadium with a facility that has seating close to the current stadium.
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According to the Associated Press, eight speakers commented Thursday on proposals for a new Aloha Stadium, and most said the state should not limit itself to a new facility with fewer seats.  The state Department of Accounting and General Services has estimated that the current 50,000-seat facility needs about $120 million in improvements to operate in the next five to ten years.  Los Angeles-based consulting firm Foley & Lardner offered the concept of a 30,585-seat facility built for $165 to $190 million.  The new, smaller facility would accommodate multiple sports and concert events, festivals, exhibits, and large meetings.  Other speakers urged the Aloha Stadium Authority to consider uses for the stadium by groups other than the University of Hawaii.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii is so convinced it can lower recidivism, it's already spending the ... - Washington Post (blog)

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Hawaii is so convinced it can lower recidivism, it's already spending the ...
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The state is banking on a new law that will better prepare juvenile offenders to function in society following their release from correctional facilities.  On Thursday, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed HB 2490 which is aimed at reducing the state's juvenile facility population by over half in five years.  The new law mandates an official "reentry plan" before juvenile offenders are released from confinement and revises probation requirements.  Should the plan prove successful, Hawaii could save an estimated $11 million.  The state is already betting on the "reentry plan" idea, investing $1.26 million in "proven programs" like mental health and substance abuse treatment.  Aloha, Russ.

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Democratic candidates face off in debate on PBS Hawaii - KHON2

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Democratic candidates face off in debate on PBS Hawaii
KHON2
Seven candidates vying for Hawaii's first congressional district seat squared off Thursday during a debate on PBS Hawaii. “As a member of the city council, I've worked with four mayors.
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Political campaigns are heating up as primary election day draws closer.  Some races, such as the contest for Hawaii's first Congressional District, have drawn a large number of candidates.  Seven political hopefuls met in a round table debate Thursday evening on PBS.  These candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for the U.S. Senate.  Aloha, Russ.

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UH officials told to plan for flat tuition.

Budget plans will not include tuition hikes for the next two years.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

According to the Associated Press, University of Hawaii administrators will make two years of operating budget plans without the promise of an increase in tuition.  UH regents had previously approved 7 percent annual increases as part of a five-year tuition schedule to raise tuition by more than 30 percent.  However, regents want to review tuition increases as they balance increasing costs and less state support with a commitment to affordability and accessibility.  The outcome could mean scaled back increases or a tuition freeze.  The state's upcoming biennium budget process will cover the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years.  Full-time undergraduate resident tuition at the flagship campus, UH-Manoa, this fall will increase 7.6 percent to $9,840 per year.  Tuition had been scheduled to increase about 7.5 percent in the next two years.  Regents approved tuition increases in 2011 as they faced cuts in state funding.  Preparing budgets as if tuition is flat will help determine whether core operations can be covered without increases.  Everything is more expensive these days.  If you elect to attend college, but sure you train for a career that has some promise and future.  You will graduate with an expensive  debt package to take with you.  Aloha, Russ.

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PBN takes a look at where the jobs are in Hawaii - Pacific Business News

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PBN takes a closer look at the number of jobs being created by the state’s largest private employers, along with the sectors that are seeing growth.
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According to "Pacific Business News", Hawaii has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.  In 2013, the job numbers in private companies in the state grew by 2.5 percent over the previous year.  Federal jobs lost to sequestration dropped the job increases to 1.9 percent, which Carl Bonham, the executive director of the University of Hawaii Research Organization, calls a "pretty healthy growth.  Health Care and hospitality-related jobs showed the biggest gain in new workers.  Aloha, Russ.

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Lalamilo Wind Farm could be restarted.

Kohala wind turbines would power water wells.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Colin M. Stewart.

 

Next week, Hawaii Island residents will get a chance to testify on plans to "re-power" a wind farm in South Kohala.  The estimated $13 million project at the Lalamilo Wind Farm would generate renewable energy to power the County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply's operation of eight existing water wells, which provide capacity of up to 5 million gallons per day.  The previous site was decommissioned in 2010 "in anticipation of repowering the site with newer, more efficient technology."  The new project would install five Vestas V47-600 kilowatt wind turbine generators and accompanying facilities.  Total generating capacity is expected to be around 3.3 megawatts.  Lalamilo Wind Company LLC has been awarded the contract to operate the wind farm and associated facilities.  The company would then sell the generated power back to the water department.  Water department officials will hold a public meeting on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the  Kanu o ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana in Kamuela (Waimea) to discuss the project.  Aloha, Russ.

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New Hilo fire station to be built.

Construction should begin next year.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

A new $5.9 million fire station could be built by next year on Haihai Street in Hilo.  According to a draft environmental statement, the approximately 12,000-square-foot station would be built on state land across from the Hilo Municipal Golf Course.  The new structure would replace a smaller station on Kawailani Street, and provide additional space for emergency medical services.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kolten Wong continues to swing for fences - Hawaii News Now

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Kolten Wong continues to swing for fences
Hawaii News Now
For the second straight night and for the 5th time in six games, the Hilo native belted a homerun in the St. Louis Cardinals 10-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
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The Kamehameha-Hawaii Campus graduate is off the disabled list and has returned to his hitting ways.  On Saturday, 12 July 2014, Wong hit a 2-run homer, giving his St. Louis Cardinals a 10-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.  St. Louis is tied with Milwaukee for first place in the National League's Central Division.

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Voting machines checked for primary election - Hawaii News Now

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Voting machines checked for primary election
Hawaii News Now
Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old California girl who has been reported as missing. More >>.
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Hawaii elections officials and certified observers checked over 700 pieces of elections equipment on Saturday at a Kakaako warehouse. The process is done every two years to "make sure that votes are counted properly."  Voting machines  are checked "to make sure that everything is secure and that no one can try to change the votes from the outside or with a wi-fi or any other means of communication." The primary election is set for Saturday, 09 August 2014.  Aloha, Russ.

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Flood Advisory issued for East Hawaii island - Hawaii News Now

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oweFlood Advisory issued for East Hawaii island
Hawaii News Now
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flood Advisory until 4:15 p.m. for eastern portions of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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My wife and I encountered heavy showers on the way home from Hilo at about 10:30 a.m. Sunday.  By the time we reached our home in Laupahoehoe, the intensity of the rain increased.  We experienced minor flooding along the Hamakua Belt Highway, but nothing serious enough to delay our way home.  Mostly cloudy and showery conditions are expected for Monday, with gradual clearing by Tuesday.  The heavy showers are most likely the result of a tropical depression passing south of Hawaii Island on Sunday.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island's Chris Yuen Nominated to BLNR - Big Island Video News

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Big Island Video News
Hawaii Island's Chris Yuen Nominated to BLNR
Big Island Video News
He was a member of the Hawaii Tourism Authority from 2003 to 2011, chairman of the State Bicentennial Commission for the U.S.
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Thanks to "Big Island Video News" for this story.  Ninole resident Christopher Yuen has been nominated by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie to sit on the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  Yuen was a former land board member and the one-time Hawaii County Planning Director.  Yuen currently is currently on the advisory council for the Laupahoehoe and Puuwaawaa Experimental Tropical Forest.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island ranked No. 4 island in the world - West Hawaii Today

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West Hawaii Today
Big Island ranked No. 4 island in the world
West Hawaii Today
Hawaii's Big Island was recently ranked among the top 10 islands in the world by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
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"Travel + Leisure" magazine has ranked Hawaii Island among the top 10 islands in the magazine's 2014 Worlds Best Awards.  Hawaii Island placed fourth behind Santorini, Greece, Maui, and Kauai.  It's nice to be loved.  Aloha, Russ.

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Commission approves Hawaii County salary increases - Hawaii News Now

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Commission approves Hawaii County salary increases
Hawaii News Now
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County elected officials are in line for a pay increase thanks to the county Salary Commission.
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According to "West Hawaii Today", the Hawaii County Salary Commission voted unanimously Thursday to increase the salaries of top county officials.  The commission approved a 20.9 percent pay hike for Mayor Billy Kenoi, who said he will give his increase to the Hawaii Island United Way.  County Council Chairman J. Yoshimoto will get an 11.5 percent pay boost, while council members will receive an 8.3 percent pay increase.  Yoshimoto says serving on the Hawaii County Council is a full time job and that "a raise is not a bad idea."  Aloha, Russ.

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Wie misses the cut at Royal Birkdale - Hawaii News Now

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Wie misses the cut at Royal Birkdale
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(AP Photo/Scott Heppell).
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Hawaii's Michelle Wie couldn't follow up on her U.S. Women's Open Championship at Pinehurst Number 2 at the Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.  Three weeks after winning her first major golf tournament, Wie experienced difficulties  in mastering the course in northwest England.  Wie missed the cut with bogies on the 16th and 17th holes.  Aloha, Russ.

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AAA Hawaii: Gas prices remain steady, could decline soon - KHON2

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AAA Hawaii: Gas prices remain steady, could decline soon
KHON2
“Elevated oil prices have meant high pump prices for motorists on the mainland,” said AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida. “But we seemed to have escaped that impact, here.
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During the past week, average Hawaii prices for gasoline hovered around $4.34 per gallon.  According to the AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch, the current price is one cent less than last month and four cents higher than a year ago.  In Hilo, the average price is $4.13 per gallon, while Wailuku, Maui drivers found gasoline at $4.46 per gallon. AAA Hawaii General Manager Liane Sumida believes Hawaii gasoline prices will begin declining soon since "we usually  get the effect of lower prices some weeks later."  Aloha, Russ.

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Kauai considers new ag bill.

The target is large agricultural companies.

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Source:  Associated Press (Lihue, Kauai).

 

The Kauai County Council will soon consider a proposal that would further regulate large agricultural companies.  However, there's disagreement whether it is a charter amendment or an ordinance.  The distinction matters because a charter amendment petition only needs signatures from 5 percent of registered voters.  Those proposing an ordinance or referendum must collect signatures from 20 percent of voters.  The county attorney's office says the proposal submitted by the group Kauai Rising doesn't meet the requirements of a charter amendment.  The measure, if approved, would require agrochemical companies to prove their operation are safe.  it would require the companies to pay for the cost of regulating and monitoring the industry.  Aloha, Russ.

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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after Japan quake - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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A strong earthquake hit Japan's northern coast near the nuclear power plant that was crippled in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
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Hawaii dodged the proverbial "bullet" again this morning.  According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Oahu, a strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale rattled northern Japan near the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake.  The epicenter of the temblor was fixed at 81 miles east of Iwaki and 176 miles east-northeast of Tokyo, at a depth of 8.2 miles.  A small tsunami was generated that swept ashore in several coastal areas.  No damage or injuries were reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii. Aloha, Russ.

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Federal agent's Hawaii murder retrial underway

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A prosecutor's opening statement echoes the one she delivered the first time a federal agent stood trial for murder in a shooting at a Waikiki fast-food restaurant.
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According to Associated Press reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, the retrial of a federal agent charged with murder got underway Thursday with his new defense attorney telling the court the defendant acted in line with his law enforcement training when he shot and killed a man inside a fast-food restaurant in 2011.  State Department Special Agent Christopher Deedy of Arlington, Virginia was back at the defense table after his first trial ended with a deadlocked jury and a mistrial was declared.  Defense attorney Thomas Otake said during his opening statement that the ten-27-year-old agent was protecting himself and others from an aggressive Kollin Dlerts, who was shot during an early morning confrontation in a Waikiki McDonald' restaurant in November 2011.  In her opening statement, Honolulu Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Janice Futa echoed much of what she told a previous jury last year:  Deedy was fueled by alcohol, power and a warning from a fellow agent about the hostility of Hawaii locals toward government employees and outsiders.  Futa said Deedy unjustifiably used his firearm and intentionally killed Elderts, adding that Deedly shouldn't have been drinking alcohol while armed, even if he was off duty.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thirty Meter Telescope could break ground in October.

Major construction could begin next spring.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

Sandra Dawson, a spokeswoman for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, told local education and business leaders that a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the telescope could be held by October with major construction beginning in 2015.  Original plans for the project included a groundbreaking last April, but delays have advanced the timetable a few months.  Dawson said the project would proceed if requests to stop the construction are dismissed.  If critics succeed in holding more contested case hearings, the telescope will be delayed further.  Dawson said between 120 to 140 jobs are at stake in the construction project.  Those attending the meeting noted "the need to develop a local workforce to fill those jobs, positions at existing observatories and provide other services, including instrument construction."  Aloha, Russ.

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