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Tom Hasslinger is a freelance journalist who lives in Kailua-Kona.
Big Island Geothermal Agreement On Hold Pending Environmental Review Ormat Technologies Inc.

Big Island Geothermal Agreement On Hold Pending Environmental Review

Puna Geothermal Venture said it will answer questions Wednesday about a Public Utilities Commission decision putting a power purchase agreement on hold.

Big Island Mayor Wants To Oust Planning Commissioner For Being Hostile

Big Island Mayor Wants To Oust Planning Commissioner For Being Hostile

Mayor Mitch Roth says Mark Van Pernis has disrupted public business. Most recently, Van Pernis raised questions about a Roth appointee.

Big Island Scales Back Plans For Recycled Water Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

Big Island Scales Back Plans For Recycled Water

The lower category of recycled water could still be used on golf courses and for some types of farm irrigation.

Waipio Valley Residents Still Seek A Deal Limiting Foot Traffic On Dicey Road Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

Waipio Valley Residents Still Seek A Deal Limiting Foot Traffic On Dicey Road

The Hawaii County Council deferred action on a bill to ban most pedestrians on the Waipio Valley Road, but residents believe a compromise may be near.

Big Island Considers Banning Pedestrians On Road To Waipio Valley Courtesy of Ed Johnston

Big Island Considers Banning Pedestrians On Road To Waipio Valley

Opponents say closing the road would prevent people from using public lands.

Big Island Economy Is ‘Getting By’ As The Pandemic Persists Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat

Big Island Economy Is ‘Getting By’ As The Pandemic Persists

While tourism-fueled businesses struggle from tighter travel restrictions, the housing market has remained healthy and aquaculture continues to grow.

Hawaii County Races:  Mitch Roth Wins The Mayor’s Race Tim Wright/Civil Beat

Hawaii County Races: Mitch Roth Wins The Mayor’s Race

Voters also chose County Council members and decided the fate of numerous charter amendments.

CARES Act Money Is Keeping This Big Island Tour Company Afloat Courtesy Jack's Diving Locker

CARES Act Money Is Keeping This Big Island Tour Company Afloat

Jack’s Diving Locker has been using federal relief money to provide free summer camps to kids. The tourism reopening may be just in the nick of time.

Big Island Mayoral Race Gives Voters 2 Distinct Choices Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island Mayoral Race Gives Voters 2 Distinct Choices

Ikaika Marzo and Mitch Roth have different levels of experience and diverging views on TMT.