White Goods Recycling Closed Temporarily at Pahoa Transfer Station

From the Mayor’s Office:

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management is temporarily closing the White Goods Recycling Area at the Pāhoa Transfer Station due to ongoing construction at the site.

It is not known exactly when white goods (large appliances) recycling may resume at the site. It is anticipated that the closure will last a few months. The closure will allow construction to improve the facility to proceed as quickly as possible and shorten the temporary inconvenience to the residents. These site improvements will greatly enhance the recycling opportunities at the Pāhoa Transfer Station and complete necessary repairs to the facility…

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Census Worker Confirms Dropped Trespassing Case

I just talked to Russell “Jay” Haas and he has confirmed that the trespassing case against him for doing his census duties has been dropped.

He is planning a civil suit against the county and he spoke of fear and/or retaliation against him from officers on the island if something were to happen again.

*Update* Mahalo to Aaron Stene over at The Kona Blog for providing this court docket:

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EIS Public Scoping Open Houses to be Held for Basing of MV-22 and H-1 Aircraft in Hawaii

Media Release:

The Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the basing and operation of MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and H-1 Cobra and Huey helicopters in support of III Marine Expeditionary Force units stationed in Hawaii.

Because the squadrons would train on land owned or controlled by the Department of the Army, the Navy has requested the Army be a cooperating agency for preparation of this EIS.

The EIS will evaluate a proposal to introduce up to two Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) squadrons with a total of 24 MV-22 aircraft, and one Marine Light Attack Helicopter (HMLA) squadron composed of 18 AH-1Z and nine UH-1Y helicopters to Hawaii, as well as to construct improvements to accommodate the new aviation squadrons, improve training facilities in Hawaii used by the Marine Corps, and to use Department of Defense training areas state wide.

The Marine Corps requests the public’s input to identify community concerns and issues to address in the EIS. The public is invited to participate by attending public scoping open house meetings at the following locations:

Hawaii Island: August 24, 5 to 8 p.m., Hilo High School cafeteria, 556 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo; and August 25, 4 to 7 p.m., Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School cafeteria, 68-1730 Hooko St, Waikoloa.
Oahu: August 26, 5 to 8 p.m., King Intermediate School cafeteria, 46-155 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe; and August 30, 5 to 8 p.m., Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School cafeteria, 41-1330 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo.
Molokai: August 28, 1 to 4 p.m., Kaunakakai Elementary School Library, Ailoa Street, Kaunakakai.

Public comments can also be provided using the project website at http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil/mv22h1eis.  Additionally, written comments on the EIS can also be addressed to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Attn: EV21, MV-22/H-1 EIS Project Manager, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134.  Written comments must be postmarked or received by September 7, 2010.