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Utah Women Dies After Motorcycle Swerves to Avoid Car

A 32-year-old Utah woman died Monday (October 8) from a motorcycle crash in the area of Akoni Pule Highway at the 28-mile marker.

A 35-year-old Utah man was operating a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling northwest on Akoni Pule Highway with his wife riding on the back, when he swerved to avoid a car that crossed the centerline into his lane. The motorcycle traveled about 150 feet down a gulch. Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

The victim, Jennie Wahlstrom of North Kaysville, Utah, was dead at the scene. She will be officially pronounced dead at Kona Community Hospital. Her husband was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 31st traffic fatality this year compared with 16 at this time last year.

Police are looking for the operator of a gray sedan or anyone else who may have been in the area at the time and may have witnessed the crash. Witnesses are asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

State Historic Preservation Division Continues Progress in Meeting Federal Compliance

In its latest report to the National Park Service (NPS), the State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) noted it is on track in meeting the NPS Corrective Action Plan (CAP).

The NPS has oversight of SHPD under the National Historic Preservation Act. In March 2010, SHPD was placed on High Alert Status and issued a CAP to be completed within two years. SHPD continues to make progress and has completed a number of areas identified in the CAP including:

  • Developing Standard Operating Procedures for Survey and Inventory and Review and Compliance
  • Developing procedures for the Hawai’i Historic Places Review Board
  • Certifying the County Certified Local Government programs
  • Developing a Historic Preservation State Plan
  • Hiring adequate staff including a Geographic Information Specialist

“We are grateful that the current Administration has enabled us to meet the CAP to this point through support of our funding requests and support of our staff,” stated Pua Aiu, SHPD administrator. “There is still work to be done and we plan on meeting all elements identified in the CAP.”

SHPD has until February to finalize details of the CAP requirements, at which time NPS will do a site visit and determine whether the State has satisfactorily met all elements of the CAP.

Elements of the CAP that SHPD is still making progress on include:

  • Securing a Maui Archaeologist, Hawai’i Archaeologist, IT specialist and Librarian. Two other positions (Kauai Archaeologist and CLG Specialist) will require a change of funding. These positions must be hired by June 30, 2013. For the time being the functions of those positions are being met by existing staff.
  • Digitizing SHPD Inventory and Intake. SHPD and State Parks have developed a plan to implement Docushare’s tracking system for all documents in the SHPD system. SHPD will start with incoming documents and work on inputting existing files and documents over time. Full implementation of Docushare is expected by February 2013.
  • Upgrading the Graphic Information System (GIS) to make it available to all staff and to the public. NPS detailed staff to assist SHPD with this goal and SHPD hired a GIS specialist to work on implementation and maintenance of the GIS. NPS also approved the purchase of 12 new computers with GIS capacity so all reviewers will have access to GIS information. SHPD is requesting funding for 11 additional computers so all staff can have GIS access.

A draft of the State Plan has been submitted to and reviewed by the Washington Office of NPS. It is on track to be final by October 30, 2012. The draft included input from the public and was made available for public review in early September.

A copy of the Narrative Report submitted to NPS will be available on the SHPD http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/shpd.

The State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present. SHPD’s three branches, History and Culture, Archaeology, and Architecture, strive to accomplish this goal through a number of different activities. The division’s statewide Inventory of Historic Properties contains information on more than 38,000 historic sites in Hawai’i.

Volcano Man Robbed at County Water Spigots

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred early Saturday morning in Puna.

On October 6 at about 3 a.m., a 67-year-old Volcano man reported that he was filling water containers at the county water spigots in Kurtistown when he was confronted by a lone male, who initially started a conversation with him. The suspect reportedly assaulted the victim and stole his wallet. Another male suspect appeared and was seen rummaging through the victim’s parked vehicle. Both suspects fled the area on foot.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. He was treated at the hospital and released.

One of the suspects was described as a Caucasian male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5-foot-9 tall with a medium build. He may have been wearing light-colored board shorts and a T-shirt.

Detectives are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second-degree robbery and first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Police ask that anyone may have witnessed this incident or has any other information about it contact Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Linda Lingle’s Big Island Radio Station Ad Violates Communication Act of 1934

Today, legal counsel for Mazie Hirono’s U.S. Senate campaign sent a letter to Big Island radio station managers informing them that Linda Lingle’s campaign is currently running a radio advertisement that violates the Communications Act of 1934.  Consequently, “Lingle and her campaign have forfeited their entitlement to the lowest unit charge” for radio advertisements, and Big Island station managers should charge the Lingle campaign the same rate for broadcast time that they charge for non-political advertisers from now until Election Day.

 
As explained in the letter to Big Island radio stations, “The Communications Act of 1934 permits a federal candidate receiving the lowest unit charge to air a radio advertisement that makes direct reference to another candidate for the same office only if, ‘the broadcast includes a personal audio statement by the candidate that identifies the candidate, the office the candidate is seeking, and indicates that the candidate has approved the broadcast.’  47 U.S.C. § 315(b)(2)(D) (emphasis added)…. Lingle’s advertisement, which makes direct reference to her opponent, Senate candidate Mazie Hirono, does not meet this requirement.  Although Lingle states her name and indicates her approval of the advertisement, she does not identify the office she is seeking…. Consequently, Lingle may no longer lawfully benefit from the lowest unit charge.”
The radio advertisement that violates the Communications Act of 1934 can be heard by clicking here: http://youtu.be/1N0l2BWmaB8. If the Lingle campaign disables this link, click here to listen to the radio advertisement: http://youtu.be/ybqOwAodIts.
The full text of the letter follows (click here to see the signed copy; direct link: http://bit.ly/PjVp9x):
October 8, 2012
Re: Linda Lingle Senate Committee Ad
Dear Big Island Station Manager:
We are counsel to Friends of Mazie Hirono.  The purpose of this letter is to alert you to the fact that Linda Lingle and her authorized campaign committee, the Linda Lingle Senate Committee, are currently running an advertisement on your station[1] that violates the Communications Act of 1934.  As a result, Lingle and her campaign have forfeited their entitlement to the lowest unit charge for the duration of the campaign.  Now and until Election Day, your station should charge Lingle and her campaign committee the same rate for broadcast time that it charges non-political advertisers for comparable use.
The Communications Act of 1934 permits a federal candidate receiving the lowest unit charge to air a radio advertisement that makes direct reference to another candidate for the same office only if, “the broadcast includes a personal audio statement by the candidate that identifies the candidate, the office the candidate is seeking, and indicates that the candidate has approved the broadcast.”  47 U.S.C. § 315(b)(2)(D) (emphasis added).  If a candidate does not comply with this requirement at any time during the sixty days preceding the general election, that candidate may not receive the lowest unit charge “for such broadcast or any other broadcast … that occur on or after the date of such broadcast …”  Id. § 315(b)(2)(B).
This is not a requirement of Federal Election Commission rules.  Rather, it falls within the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”).  A candidate’s campaign must provide written certification to your station at the time of purchase that it will comply with this requirement.  Id. § 315(b)(2)(E).  The purpose of the FCC requirement is to require candidates to demonstrate their support for the statements made in the preceding advertisement.  Lingle’s advertisement, which makes direct reference to her opponent, Senate candidate Mazie Hirono, does not meet this requirement.
Although Lingle states her name and indicates her approval of the advertisement, she does not identify the office she is seeking.  Section 315 of the Communications Act specifically requires that the candidate identify the office she is seeking.  Because Lingle does not identify the office she is seeking, the advertisement is in clear violation of the disclaimer requirements of section 315.
Consequently, Lingle may no longer lawfully benefit from the lowest unit charge.  As a result, for the duration of the current election cycle, your station should refuse to run additional advertisements from Lingle or her campaign committee unless paid at the rate your station charges for comparable use by other non-political advertisers.
Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this matter.
Very truly yours,
Marc E. Elias
Jonathan S. Berkon
Counsel for Friends of Mazie Hirono
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