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Bret Yager

Bret Yager has been an award-winning reporter for both Big Island daily newspapers. A former commercial fisherman and novelist, he lives in South Kona.
Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island Courtesy of Kona Butcher Shop

Bret Yager: The Growing Meat Market On The Big Island

Bolstered by a mobile slaughterhouse and new butcher shops, the fledgling industry is trying to keep it all local in Hawaii County.

Bret Yager: This Big Island Shelter Is Killing Thousands Of Animals A Year Bret Yager/Civil Beat

Bret Yager: This Big Island Shelter Is Killing Thousands Of Animals A Year

Critics including two council members wants a change in the contract with the organization in order to reduce the number of euthanasias.

Bret Yager: Big Island Residents Step Up Resistance To Solar Project Ann Bosted/Civil Beat

Bret Yager: Big Island Residents Step Up Resistance To Solar Project

Residents of Hawaii Ocean View Estates are upset about having no formal way to oppose or have input into plans for a large solar farm in their subdivision.

Will Popular Big Island Trail Someday Get Toilets? Flikr.com/Forest and Kim Starr

Will Popular Big Island Trail Someday Get Toilets?

Big Island activists have for years unsuccessfully prodded officials to install toilets on the ancient Kaawaloa trail to the Captain Cook Monument.

Bret Yager: Scientists Race To Help Hawaii Corals Survive Division of Aquatic Resources

Bret Yager: Scientists Race To Help Hawaii Corals Survive

Some corals are starting to rebound on their own and scientists have plans to help other species survive global warming.

Bret Yager: Scientists Say There’s Hope For Dying Ohia Trees Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bret Yager: Scientists Say There’s Hope For Dying Ohia Trees

The deadly fungus is continuing to sweep through the forest but new containment practices are promising.