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Lance Armstrong on the Big Island Now… Say Twit

Tour De France Champion and cycling great Lance Armstrong is enjoying the Big Island now.

armstrongI’m  putting his twit feed on the bottom left of my blog  following the Advertiser  putting content directly from his twit as breaking news on their site.  :roll:

I’ll take his twit feed down as soon as he leaves the Big Island.  I might start doing this with other celebrities that visit the Big Island. :roll:

Funny how the newspapers are relying upon Twitter for “Breaking News”.

*Update See Below* Today’s KO: Mauna Kea Sledder Hits Rocks

Just noticed this harsh clip that was posted earlier.

Snow on top of Mauna Kea is great… but you have to watch out for those random rocks!



Andrew Cooper knows where this location is.

He recently blogged:

…I recognize the spot where this sledder is coming down, the side of Pu’u Hau Kea. Considering you have to hike up the side of the slope (no road) at over 13,000ft altitude, that is a lot of effort for a very bumpy ride! The slope is very steep, which explains the sledder’s speed and the result.

Probably a safer ride today, enough snow to bury those particular rocks.

“Island Notes” in 2009

I’m adding a new blog to my ‘roll.

Island Notes is a fairly new blog.  He likes to talk a bit of smack every now and then, but he’s a good writer, although we don’t often see eye to eye on issues.

If you can handle an effing swear word or two or three, check out Island Notes, another blog from the East Side of Hawaii.

(P.S. you know where you can send the Damon Dollar too.)  :lol:

Poinography on Yoshimoto’s Road Rage Ordinance… Charley Foster with Answer

If you haven’t already read the article about Yoshimoto’s proposed ordinance on road rage, you can read that here.

A tougher law to deal with Big Island road rage incidents may be considered by the Hawaii County Council early next year…

But I really recommend that you read the blog at Poinography as he asks the question:

Can Hawaii County create a felony by ordinance?

Well if you read attorney Charley Foster’s comment below the thread… you get your answer:

It looks like counties are not authorized to assess felony penalties for violations of their ordinances.

Under HRS §46-1.5 General powers and limitation of the counties –
(13) Each county shall have the power to enact ordinances deemed necessary to protect health, life, and property, and to preserve the order and security of the county and its inhabitants on any subject or matter not inconsistent with, or tending to defeat, the intent of any state statute where the statute does not disclose an express or implied intent that the statute shall be exclusive or uniform throughout the State;

(14) Each county shall have the power to:
(D) Fix a penalty for the violation of any ordinance, which penalty may be a misdemeanor, petty misdemeanor, or violation as defined by general law.

(Note: A “violation” does not constitute a crime and conviction of a violation authorizes no other sentence than a fine, or fine and forfeiture or other civil penalty. §701-107 Grades and classes of offenses).

Hilo, Waimea and Kealakehe HI5 Centers Closed Due to Weather… Pahoa’s One Closed Due to ?

I just received the following Media Release:

The ARC of Hilo Waimea and Kealakehe HI5 Redemption Centers are closed today, Wednesday, December 31, 2008 due to heavy rains and a landslide on the highway from Hilo.  These locations will reopen on Friday January 2, 2009 at 8 am.  Atlas Recycling in Kona is open today until noon.  Please call the County Recycling Office at 961-8527 with any questions.  Mahalo.

Of course our own Pahoa HI5 Redemption center is always closed on weekdays.  I have no idea why, but it does suck to have to wait in a line on the weekends to redeem a couple bucks worth of cans just for the environment.  What do people do who work on the weekends?

The Pahoa redemption center really needs to be open more days of the week!

No Rain... No Landslides.... NO OPEN!

No Rain... No Landslides.... NO OPEN!

Another H-130 Two Car Accident

Working on the KPAG H-130 Advisory group, I have become more aware of the traffic problems that we have with H-130. I previously posted that there were 283 accidents in a two year period along H-130 that caused more then $3000 dollars in damage here.

I just got back from Kea’au. As I was driving into Kea’au I came across this two car wreck. I don’t want to speculate on what happened, as I wasn’t about to ask the officer. :roll:

Front two cars involved followed by two officers responding

Front two cars involved followed by two officers responding

It looked like the smaller car got the worst of the damage of course.

Air bag worked

Air bag worked

I hope no one got hurt as there were no ambulances around when I arrived.

Everyone have a great New Years tonight… but do drive safely.

Top 10 “DTW” Post of 2008 (pt. 4)

Continued from here.

#1. So the top read post of 2008 doesn’t really surprise me that much. It was an election year and there was a lot of stuff flying around about the Mayoral Candidates.

I posted the following blog the first week I started this blog:

Is a Billy Kenoi Smear On?

Hunter Bishop then posted another blog the next day that followed up on this story that found out that the alleged “Akonipule” was making this allegation from a school in Hilo.

Ten days later, the Hawaii Tribune posted an article:

Kenoi Smear on Front Page of Tribune Herald

I tried my best to figure out who this Akonipule character was by even sending him an email through the Akamai voter site. The following post was the result of that email:

John Akonipule Responds to Smear Question… My Dog Has Been Killed… and other Paranoia

Of course after Billy Kenoi won the election… there wasn’t much for the smear site to attack anymore. So I followed up with this article:

Smear Site No Longer Exists

Many people were very worried about Mr. Kenoi’s Storied past and whether he would make a good Mayor or not.

From the decisions that he has made so far… I think he’s doing a great job as Mayor.

Hope you folks have a great New Year and I hope you continue to follow my blog in 2009.

Damon Tucker