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Big Island: Proposed Biofuel Plant Faces $100M Deadline Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Proposed Biofuel Plant Faces $100M Deadline

Some residents and environmental groups continue fighting the conversion of an old coal-powered plant into a wood-burning facility.

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Embattled Big Island Dairy Farm Plans To Shut Down

A lawsuit filed last year alleged repeated spills and runoff of cattle manure, cattle urine and other waste from Big Island Dairy violated federal laws.

Big Island: ‘Punatics’ Look To Start Rebuilding After The Lava Damage Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: ‘Punatics’ Look To Start Rebuilding After The Lava Damage

Hawaii County officials are fast-tracking the permitting of new package homes or repairs of ones damaged during Kilauea eruption.

Big Island: Vacation Rental Ban Could Be ‘The Final Death Blow’ For Puna Screenshot taken from VRBO.

Big Island: Vacation Rental Ban Could Be ‘The Final Death Blow’ For Puna

Critics argue these rentals are one of the few economic bright spots in the lava-ravaged district.

Authorities Rule Death Of 6-Year-Old Boy A Homicide Via Wikimedia Commons

Authorities Rule Death Of 6-Year-Old Boy A Homicide

Police are investigating the suspicious death that occurred on Halloween.

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Supreme Court Approves Thirty Meter Telescope

UPDATED: The ruling says the state Board of Land and Natural Resources properly granted a conservation district permit for Mauna Kea.

Big Island: Why A New Beach Created By Lava May Doom A Popular Boat Ramp DLNR

Big Island: Why A New Beach Created By Lava May Doom A Popular Boat Ramp

Pohoiki was home to a ramp heavily used by fishermen. Now officials must decide whether to restore it or preserve a black sand beach.

Rescued Monk Seals Recover At Big Island Animal Hospital Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Rescued Monk Seals Recover At Big Island Animal Hospital

NOAA rescued the two malnourished pups in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands amid fears they wouldn’t survive the winter.

Our Salary Database Now Includes Hundreds Of Hawaii County Employees Flickr.com

Our Salary Database Now Includes Hundreds Of Hawaii County Employees

With the inclusion of Big Island data first requested in July 2017, only Honolulu police officers are still missing. A judge’s ruling is pending on that.

Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

Department Of Education Settles Bullying Lawsuit for $10,000

The July agreement pertains to a claim that school officials failed to address anti-gay slurs directed at two Big Island students.

Big Island: The Lessons Learned In Puna As Lava Shelters Shut Down Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Big Island: The Lessons Learned In Puna As Lava Shelters Shut Down

Public agencies and private organizations devised massive relief efforts, but “they knew a lot less about living rough than we did,” said one evacuee.

Big Island: Wood-Burning Power Plant Raises Environmental Concerns Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Wood-Burning Power Plant Raises Environmental Concerns

A facility that plans to burn 30 truckloads of eucalyptus logs daily requires massive amounts of water for cooling.