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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
HB280: Strangled by Bureaucracy, Coffee Farmers Call for Repeal of Mandatory Inspections
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 8995 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The certification process has become a restrictive bottleneck, damaging the industry it was intended to protect....

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Green Energy? Do The Math
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 11:44 PM :: 10472 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

“I’m trying to think, but nuttin’ happens!” -- Curly Howard

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Feds Begin Forcing Hawaii Island MDs into 'Medical Homes'
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 8608 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has appointed Daniel E. Brown, Ph.D., as principal investigator (P.I.) for the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community (HIBC), a federally funded health care transformation project administered through the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
HSTA Lawsuit against Laupahoehoe Charter School Dismissed
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 8641 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Judge Hara ruled that the HSTA, Mr. Beekman and Mrs. Wilson had no standing ....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Bridge Aina Lea: Court Rules LUC Violated Developer's Civil Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 12:17 AM :: 7892 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

DW Aina Lea Dev. LLC v. State of Hawaii Land Use Comm'n, No. 11--1-0112K ....

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Monday, April 2, 2012
ACLU: Hawaii Counties Among Few Requiring Warrant to Track Cell Phones
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 13003 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Only six agencies responded that in order to track cell phones, they must first get a warrant or have probable cause: County of Hawaii, Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaii; Wichita, Kan.; Lexington, Ky.; Lincoln, Neb.; and North Las Vegas, Nev....

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
DLNR Snares Slowly Torture Pigs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 AM :: 13747 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The pig weakens...

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Did Hawaii Geothermal Developer Benefit from Illegal Bailout?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:42 PM :: 14469 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Ormat is Hawaii’s leading geothermal developer.... But a US House committee report shows that Ormat benefitted from its close ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and profited from a potentially illegal $98.5M bailout of an Ormat geothermal project in Nevada.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012
Lava Tube Award: Abercrombie Keeping Public in Dark
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 9026 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The award recognizes the year’s most notable offense for keeping the public in the dark....

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Sunday, March 4, 2012
Race to The Bank: HSTA Gets 36.9% Raise, Threatens Suit to Block Accountability
By Selected News Articles @ 6:13 PM :: 11579 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Teachers who work for 12 months will receive a 36.9 percent differential....

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Sen Josh Green: 'No adult gives a crap about a polar bear'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:13 PM :: 8010 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

This is what happens to Hawaii legislators when they are so close to a tax increase that they can taste it....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Genetically-Modified Papaya Hits Shelves in Japan
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 11526 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

“People always opt for more information,” says Giddings, “whether or not they have any idea what it means, or how they might use it.”

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Akaku Claims Victory over HB2652 cut to Public Access TV
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 15771 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...Herkes was visibly not thrilled when citizens from all islands called and emailed committee members over the weekend to register deep and wide dissatisfaction with HB2652....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Heritage Foundation holds First-Ever Event in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 10991 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Marshall, who oversees the think tank’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, took her presentation on the road. During a three-day tour of Hawaii she spoke to political science students at BYUH and to TEA Party groups in Kona and Hilo.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Drought: Hawaii County Designated Disaster Area
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 8923 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

...the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawai'i County as a primary natural disaster area resulting from ongoing drought conditions....

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Thursday, February 2, 2012
Epic Ohana Foster Care Expands to East Hawaii Island
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 7651 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

Hilo, HI—Epic ‘Ohana, Inc. today announced the expansion of The Hawaii Youth Opportunities Initiative (HYOI), formed to improve outcomes for young people who age out of the foster care system....

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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Rainbow papaya approved for Japan export
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 11222 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that on Dec. 1, the government of Japan approved Rainbow papaya for commercial shipment to Japan.

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Friday, January 6, 2012
HELCO announces plans to expand geothermal energy on Hawaii Island
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 9854 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

HELCO hopes to add up to 50 megawatts (MW) more of geothermal power if the cost is lower for customers.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012
ALEC Economist to Address Highlights and Lowlights of Hawaii Policies
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 8426 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Friday, January 13, 7pm to 9pm, West Hawaii Civic Center Community Meeting Room, Kailua-Kona

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Hawaii County Releasing Geothermal Working Group Report
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 7502 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Ha recently traveled to Iceland where he observed how the country recovered from the biggest financial crash in modern history. Ha stated, “They are recovering because they inoculated themselves from high oil prices by using low cost hydro and geothermal for 100 percent of their electricity and house heating.

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Friday, December 23, 2011
A Primer on Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 12133 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

...this case begins with the original reclassification of 1,060 acres on the Big Island "agricultural" to "urban" use in 1989, subject to the condition that the original owner develop 60 percent of the proposed 2,760 housing units as "affordable" units....

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Thursday, December 22, 2011
In Defense of the Plastic Bag
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 16286 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Pity the much-maligned plastic bag....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Pilago Seen as Swing Vote on Hawaii County Bag Ban
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 7764 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The next and final council meeting on this is Wednesday, December 21....

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
"Accretion," Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 12:39 AM :: 9641 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Who owns the new land created when lava flows over private property and into the sea and hardens into fast land?

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
State Sues to Get Back $39M Looted from Graves by John Waihee
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 15273 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, Politicians

"Waihee was instrumental in planning, facilitating, and effectuating the misappropriation of funds from the trusts...."

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Sunday, December 4, 2011
McIntosh to run for Hawaii County Council in 2012
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 7079 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

“Lee is genuinely interested in the well being of our community,” says Carol Massey, “he keeps informed of the issues facing us, and will work hard for District 6....

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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Lowell Kalapa to Address Kona TEA Party
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 9042 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

WHEN: Friday December 2, 2011, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm HST

WHERE: Kona Vistas Community Pavilion (just mauka of Kuakini Chevron)

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Mitch Roth announces Campaign for Hawaii County Prosecutor
By News Release @ 8:57 AM :: 11315 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

Roth has 18 years as Deputy Prosecutor starting in Honolulu and then, at the invitation of former prosecutor Jay Kimura, joined the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s office in 1998.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011
SAVE Act: Should Akaka Tribe be able to Arrest, Prosecute, and Imprison Non-Tribal Members?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 AM :: 9138 Views :: Akaka Bill

Spurred on by testimony November 10th from President Obama’s handpicked US Associate Attorney General Thomas J Perrelli, the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs may soon vote to advance legislation placing all Americans under the jurisdiction of unaccountable Tribal police officers and Tribal courts. 

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Friday, November 11, 2011
US Marshalls Seize Assets of Stephens Media Copyright Trolls
By Andrew Walden @ 10:26 PM :: 9858 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics

It hasn’t drawn any attention in the Hawaii media, but copyright trolls contracted by Hawaii Island media monopoly Stephens Media have taken a beating in a series of recent court cases.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Senate Hearing: Should Akaka Tribe be able to Arrest, Prosecute and Imprison Non-Tribal Members?
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 8329 Views :: Akaka Bill

S. 1763, Stand Against Violence and Empower Native Women Act; (NOTE: This Bill would give Tribes the right to arrest non-tribal members.)

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Accountability at Issue: Hearings Set to Discuss Changes to Charter School Laws
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 8540 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

UPDATE: Briefings Postponed

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Big Island Residents Push Back Against Plastic Bag Ban
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 7050 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

...this bag ban law is another unwarranted micro-management of our lives that should not be the purview of our elected officials....

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Akaka Introduces Bill to Give Tribal Authorities Legal Jurisdiction over Non-Tribal Members
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 7843 Views :: Akaka Bill

The Akaka Tribe will be legally able to arrest you even if you are not part of the Tribe....

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Fundamentals Matter: Capitalism not the Problem
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 10:23 AM :: 14829 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

I’m writing this on the 44th anniversary of the execution of that poster-boy of “social justice”, Dr. “Che” Guevara, viewing articles of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Hawaii and the mainland.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Aftermath: What Happens to Wind Farms When They Die?
By Video @ 2:43 PM :: 14509 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

AFTERMATH...

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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Feds: Medical Marijuana Laws and Hawaii County Council Drive Growth in Drug Trade
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 11211 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Law enforcement officials have reported an influx of criminal groups and independent growers from the West Coast who are relocating to Hawaii .... they often find medical marijuana certificates while serving search and arrest warrants but seize far greater amounts of marijuana than allowed by law, in addition to other illicit drugs and weapons….

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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Lingle takes Senate Campaign to Big Island
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 7811 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Saturday Oct. 15 Kona, Sunday Oct. 16 Hilo

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Lalamilo: Another Hawaii Wind Energy Junkyard
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 15051 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A&B: “Entitled land in a great place with high barriers to entry is good”
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 15064 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

...everyone else is dying off," he said, referring to several other projects in the Islands that have stalled or been halted altogether....

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Friday, September 16, 2011
Summer Snow Falls on Mauna Kea after Al Gore’s “24-Hours of Reality” broadcasts from Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 4:29 AM :: 17070 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Al Gore treated the globe to “24 Hours of Reality” Wednesday and Thursday, but before the finale, Mother Nature stepped in with a show of her own.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Abercrombie Appoints Waihee, Danner to Decide which Native Hawaiians are "Qualified"
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 11119 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The Commission will be responsible for preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians as defined by the Act.... The roll is to be used as the basis for participation in the organization of a Native Hawaiian governing entity.

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Friday, September 2, 2011
Pepeekeo Biomass Plant Granted Air Pollution Permit
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 9666 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

HHB can now move ahead with its engineering design, construction and refurbishing of the former Hilo Coast Power Company power plant at Pepeekeo into a modern biomass facility.

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Friday, September 2, 2011
After Boycott Threat, Safeway Agrees to Change Labels on “Kona Blend”
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 9943 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On Aug. 2, 2011, Safeway Director of Public Affairs & Governmental Relations Susan Houghton and other Safeway officials met with KCFA Board member Paul Uster at Safeway headquarters in Pleasanton, California, to review the concerns of Kona coffee growers....

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Thursday, September 1, 2011
Touted by Enviromentalists, LEED Certification Actually Increases Energy Use
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 9242 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Among dozens of “green” schools in Washington state, only two use less energy than traditional schools built in those same districts. In more than one instance, the “green” schools use 30 percent more energy per square foot ....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Lawyer: US Supreme Court needs to Hear Hokulia Bypass Case
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 10879 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Today, we filed the Reply Brief in the case that asks: after Kelo, when is eminent domain pretextual?

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Expensive, Unnecessary Hawaii County Building Code Changes to be Debated
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 8218 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

"What’s All the Fuss About International Building Codes?” will be the topic of the August meeting of the Conservative Forum for Hawaii. The public is invited to the free forum on Sunday, 28 August, 2:00pm at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort’s Polynesian Room, Banyan Dr, Hilo.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Selecting from Secret List of Nominees, Abercrombie appoints Mizuno UH Regent
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 7847 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Abercrombie last week appointed* Barry T. Mizuno to fill the Hawai'i County seat on the Board of Regents of the University of Hawai'i (UH).

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
US Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear Hokulia Bypass Case
By Robert Thomas @ 2:48 AM :: 9683 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Last week the developer and the County of Hawaii filed their joint Brief in Opposition in C & J Coupe Family Limited Partnership v. County of Hawaii....

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Kimura Gets 20 Years in Maui Ponzi Scheme
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 10942 Views :: Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL

Lloyd Y. Kimura, 61, former president of Maui Industrial Loan & Finance Company and Lloyd Y. Kimura, Inc. in Wailuku, was sentenced today in State Circuit Court on Maui by Judge Joseph Cardoza to 20 years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,093,907

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