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Tom Hasslinger

Tom Hasslinger is a freelance journalist who lives in Kailua-Kona.
Complaints Lead To Ouster Of Big Island Animal Control Contractor Screenshot/Facebook

Complaints Lead To Ouster Of Big Island Animal Control Contractor

Hawaii Rainbow Rangers will be replaced by county officials after numerous allegations of mismanagement circulated on the island.

How Zoom Helped Alcoholics Anonymous Members Stay Sober During A Pandemic Tom Hasslinger/Civil Beat/2021

How Zoom Helped Alcoholics Anonymous Members Stay Sober During A Pandemic

But now the organization is torn between a return to in-person meetings and staying in the online space.

Big Island Aquaculture Gets Boost With Big Grant Screenshot: NEHLA annual report

Big Island Aquaculture Gets Boost With Big Grant

A federal grant will give a successful program four more years to grow.

Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years

Hawaii island could be the first area in the state to exceed goals set by the Legislature and regulators for renewable energy.

Big Island Planning Commissioner Gets Three Months To Improve Behavior Screenshot

Big Island Planning Commissioner Gets Three Months To Improve Behavior

The Hawaii County mayor had asked the County Council to remove Leeward Planning Commissioner Mark Van Pernis, saying he was too combative and rude.

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.