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Stewart Yerton

Stewart Yerton reports on business and the economy for Honolulu Civil Beat. Those are subjects he spent more than a decade reporting on — at publications in New York, New Orleans and Honolulu.

He’s written about the U.S. treasury bond market, the business of big law firms, controversies surrounding the world’s largest gold mine on the island of New Guinea and corruption in the Louisiana casino industry. His reporting on the human cadaver trade, published in The Times-Picayune newspaper, won the Society of American Business Editors & Writers 2005 Best in Business Award for Enterprise Reporting in the large newspaper category.

Stewart’s first big newspaper story, for The Birmingham (Ala.) News, was about a political battle between a small-town mayor and the volunteer firefighters who were trying to oust him from office because of the mayor’s 30-year-old conviction for making moonshine whiskey. The story briefly thrust the tiny town of Brookside, Ala., into the national spotlight when The Washington Post came to write about the comic-gothic brouhaha.

A member of the Hawaii State Bar Association since January 2012, Stewart graduated cum laude from University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, where he earned the environmental law certificate. His paper “Procedural Standing and the Hawaii Superferry Decision: How a Surfer, a Paddler, and an Orchid Farmer Aligned Hawaii’s Standing Doctrine with Federal Principles” was published in the Asian Pacific Law & Policy Journal in 2011. In law school, Stewart externed for U.S. District Court Judge David Alan Ezra and served as the law school’s first Jarman Environmental Law Fellow. Stewart also has worked as an analyst with the Hawaii State Auditor’s office.

When not working, Stewart can often be found practicing yoga and Argentine tango, attempting to play guitar, and chauffeuring his two daughters around Oahu.

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland Google Maps

Lawmakers Question Whether State Should Buy Kauai Farmland

A bill would provide $6 million to the Hawaii Agribusiness Development Corp. to acquire the land, part of which is already leased to a seed company.

State Agribusiness Agency Says It’s Too Busy To Be Audited Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Agribusiness Agency Says It’s Too Busy To Be Audited

Lawmakers may expand the power of the Agribusiness Development Corp. even as its officials try to stave off a review of its operations.

Blue Planet: From ‘Harry Potter’ To Formidable Political Force Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Blue Planet: From ‘Harry Potter’ To Formidable Political Force

The foundation’s vision of moving Hawaii to 100 percent renewable energy is now central to the state’s energy plan — and has some traction on the mainland.

 

Developer Exploring Giant Wind Farm In West Oahu Gill Ewa Lands LLC

Developer Exploring Giant Wind Farm In West Oahu

The plan includes building up to 16 turbines in the Waianae mountains to pay for a massive land restoration project.

Are Hawaii Industries At Risk If A Trade War Breaks Out? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Are Hawaii Industries At Risk If A Trade War Breaks Out?

The islands make more from exported scrap metals than from coffee, cocoa, macadamia nuts and papaya combined.

Tighter Gun Restrictions Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Ahead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tighter Gun Restrictions Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Ahead

As a deadline fast approaches, scores of measures were sent from one chamber to the other Tuesday at the Capitol.

Hawaii Senate Approves Putting Mauna Kea Under New Management Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Approves Putting Mauna Kea Under New Management

The bill would limit the number of telescopes on the mountaintop and authorize the new manager to renegotiate leases and permits pertaining to the mountain.

UH Takeover Of Innovation Center Is Raising Tech Community Eyebrows Belle II Collaboration

UH Takeover Of Innovation Center Is Raising Tech Community Eyebrows

In July, UH will oust the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. as the Manoa tech incubator’s landlord.

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Airbnb Says No To Collecting Taxes On Rentals

State officials are worried they could end up with no new revenue if Airbnb backpedals on the collection process.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Scrambling To Find Another $45 Million Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Scrambling To Find Another $45 Million

A rare mid-session public meeting is planned by the Senate Ways and Means chairman to assess the state’s financial picture.

This Is What A Statewide Police Board Might Look Like In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

This Is What A Statewide Police Board Might Look Like In Hawaii

A look at Arizona’s peace officer standards and training board offers a blueprint for Hawaii.

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar Nick Grube/Civil Beat

EPA Settles Syngenta Pesticide Claim For Pennies On The Dollar

The GMO company will pay $150,000 instead of the $4.8 million that had been sought for exposing Kauai workers to pesticides.