Hawaii New Digest, 27 July 2017, 14:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15372.
Here are some of the stories making headlines on Hawaii Island for Thursday, 27 July 2017:
Smoke causes evacuation a Keck 2 telescope.
W.M. Keck Observatory spokeswoman Mari-Ela Chock reported smoke coming from a control room around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The control room is housed separately from the main dome. Fire units from the Pohakuloa Training Area responded to the fire and cleared the room of smoke. The smoke was caused by an “electrical issue” with the control room’s air conditioning system.
Judge recommends BLNR approve TMT permit.
On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, Hearings Officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, recommended that a land use permit be granted to the Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea. The decision now goes to the State Board and Land and Natural Resources, which will hold a public meeting before deciding on the permit application. Opponents of TMT vow to continue the case in the Hawaii Supreme Court if the BLNR rules in favor of TMT.
Proposed liquor license fee increase could affect the price you pay for alcohol.
Retail liquor licenses fees could double on Oahu once a new fee schedule takes effect. For general restaurant and retail licenses, the license cost would increase to $800. This is the first time in 12 years that the Honolulu Liquor Commission is proposing a fee increase.
Kauai man sentenced in monk seal harassment case.
Twenty-year-old Shylo Kaena Akuna of Lihue will serve a four-years sentence for harassing an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe, Kauai in April 2016. Akuna also faces charges in an unrelated case involving an alleged burglary of a room at the Poipu Grand Hyatt Hotel in March 2017.
Tropical cyclones lose intensity far east of Hilo, Hawaii.
Tropical storms Greg and Irwin are weakening far to the east of Hilo, Hawaii. Greg, about 895 miles east of South Point on Hawaii Island, has weakened to a remnant low pressure system and is expected to break apart by Friday evening. Tropical Storm Irwin, about 1,000 miles west-southwest of Baja, California, is moving west at 7 mph and is showing signs of losing strength. Hurricane Hilary is about 600 miles south-southwest of the tip of Baja, California. Hilary remains a category 2 hurricane, but is slowing down and should lose strength over the next few days.
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