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Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening Courtesy of Puna Geothermal Venture

Big Island: Opponents Will Try To Stop Geothermal Plant From Reopening

Even though the power facility damaged by last year’s lava flows is expected to be “operational” by year’s end, it’s facing challenges.

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry Courtesy of D. Joaquin

Big Island: Loss Of Slaughterhouse Cripples Specialty Meat Industry

The island’s only full-service slaughterhouse has quit taking smaller animals, leaving farmers, butchers and lovers of fresh kalua pork with no place to turn.

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes Jason Armstrong/Civil Beat

Big Island: Joining The Parade Of Counties That Are Raising Taxes

Hawaii County tacks a 0.25 percent surcharge onto the general excise tax and considers going higher.

‘Into The Fire’: How Covering A Volcano Changed This Photographer’s Life Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

‘Into The Fire’: How Covering A Volcano Changed This Photographer’s Life

Video: A Civil Beat documentary chronicles the spectacular and destructive power of the four-month-long Kilauea eruption.

Big Island:  Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry Courtesy of The Food Basket Inc.

Big Island: Making Food More Affordable For The Hungry

Nearly 13 percent of Hawaii Island residents are “food insecure,” according to the USDA — well above the statewide average.

Big Island Dairy Discharges More Wastewater Amid Heavy Rains Courtesy of Charlie Tebbutt

Big Island Dairy Discharges More Wastewater Amid Heavy Rains

Hawaii health officials say the diary, which was fined for spilling nearly 8 million gallons of wastewater this summer, is pumping out nearly 800,000 gallons in the latest incident.

Once-Thriving Hawaii Dairy Industry Is On The ‘Brink Of Extinction’ Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Once-Thriving Hawaii Dairy Industry Is On The ‘Brink Of Extinction’

There used to be 160 dairies in Hawaii. Only two remain, and one plans to close, meaning Hawaii could end up importing all of its milk.

Big Island: County’s New Pitch To State Seeks $150M For Lava Damage Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Big Island: County’s New Pitch To State Seeks $150M For Lava Damage

Mayor Harry Kim prepares to ask for far less than he initially sought. He blames the discrepancy on “a lot of miscommunication on my part.”

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.