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Island Agriculture Inspectors Receive Layoff Notices… 25 AG Employees Stand to Lose Their Jobs

I attended the Big Island Press Club Scholarship Dinner where Mayor Kenoi shocked the Press Club by telling them that Layoff notices had been sent to Agriculture Inspectors on the Big Island earlier that evening.

Tiffany Edwards Hunt
spoke to the Mayor earlier today and was able to confirm what was said.

Yes, we heard right, all the island’s Ag inspectors have received layoff notices… A total of 25 Dept. Of Ag employees stand to lose their jobs… Big Island Chronicle

My Question: If a coqui frog chirps on a Mattson Container enroute from the Big Island to Oahu in the middle of the ocean… and no one hears it… is there a coqui frog?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Honolulu Star-Bulletin to Become “Tabloid”

Honolulu Star-Bulletin Converting From Newspaper to Tabloid

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin is converting from a broadsheet newspaper to a tabloid and taking steps to deal with the recession…

…The newspaper will lay off 17 newsroom employees and an undetermined number of employees elsewhere in the company, Oahu Publications Inc. There will also be a wage freeze.

In addition, the Star-Bulletin will close its neighbor island bureaus, on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Neighbor island news will continue to be covered, by reporters on Oahu and wire services…

More here

I’ve been saying for a long time that newspapers are a thing of the past.

People just don’t want to come to grips with it.

In 1998, I remember being told by a Professor that with the onslaught of Digital Media, things like newspapers will be a thing of the past.  This was more then 10 years ago now folks.

A few months ago I blogged about the HawaiiFreePress converting to an online format.  Yesterday, I blogged about the University of Hawaii’s Student Newspaper moving to youtube.  There are plenty of examples both nationally and locally.

I really feel sorry for those that are getting laid off now… or those that may get laid off in the near future.

Former Hawaii Tribune Herald reporter Dave Smith posted on Punaweb:

…Even more unfortunately, veteran journalist Rod Thompson, who has been manning the Big Isle bureau for many years, may be among the casualties. I hope not, as he has broad institutional perspective of the issues here, including those in Puna…”

Of course this is the same Mr. Smith that commented on my blog a while back: :roll:

Damon, are you trying to become the National Enquirer of the local blogosphere?

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P.S. Damon Dollars are still available. :roll:

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