County preps to reopen Isaac Hale

HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald A barricade blocks northeast access to Highway 137 Thursday near the entrance to Mackenzie State Park in Puna.
HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald A visitor walks beyond the gate Thursday into Mackenzie State Park in Puna.

Puna residents looking forward to jumping back into the ocean, and even digging their toes into a brand new black sand beach, have reason to rejoice.