Roth issues statement following ban on oil from Russia

Mayor Mitch Roth issued a statement this morning urging Hawaii Island residents to be mindful of fuel and energy consumption following President Biden’s decision to ban oil imports from Russia due to the Ukrainian invasion.

Russia dangles prospect of safe corridors; Ukraine skeptical

LVIV, Ukraine — Safe corridors intended to let Ukrainian civilians escape the Russian onslaught could open Tuesday, Kremlin officials said, though Ukrainian leaders greeted the plan with skepticism since prior efforts to establish evacuation routes crumbled amid renewed attacks.

Reapportionment Commission preps to defend against lawsuit

The state Reapportionment Commission on Monday created a special committee to help the attorney general defend it from a lawsuit filed by a citizen coalition challenging maps featuring new political boundaries for the state Legislature and U.S. House.

Bill could pay $100,000 to some on DHHL wait list

Companion bills that would appropriate $600 million of general revenues to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to help Native Hawaiian beneficiaries acquire homes passed unanimously Thursday in the Legislature’s money committees.

Pentagon to shut down Red Hill

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will permanently shut down the Navy’s massive fuel tank facility in Hawaii that leaked petroleum into Pearl Harbor’s tap water, and will remove all the fuel, the Pentagon said Monday.

Documents detail domestic assault in Hilo hotel

An argument early Friday evening at the bar of the Grand Naniloa Hotel escalated into a hotel room incident in which a man allegedly pistol-whipped a woman, forcefully shoved the gun’s barrel into her mouth and threatened to kill her, according to court documents filed by police.

Obituaries for March 8

Kyle Vernon Ancheta, 70, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at home. Born in Hilo, he was a retired cook and classroom cleaner at Waiakea Intermediate School, grocery clerk for the former Sure Save and Food Fair Supermarkets, retired U.S. Army and Hawaii Army National Guard sergeant, Iraq war veteran and member of Big Island National Guard Retirees Association, RSVP Senior Volunteer, Panaewa Rodeo Association and bowler for Teacher’s League, C. Brewer, HGEA, ILWU and Kona Senior Bowling Club. Visitation 10-11 a.m. Monday (March 14) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Private prayer service and burial to follow. Casual attire; face masks and social distancing required. Survived by siblings, Lerbert (Rachel) Ancheta of Hilo, Casey Ancheta of Honolulu and Georgeanna Macanas of Pepeekeo; brother-in-law, Rickey Bargayo of Los Angeles; sister-in-law, Lynn Ancheta of Keaau; nieces, nephews and cousins. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

It’s Afghan money: Biden shouldn’t reserve $3.5B for subset of terrorism victims

In an executive order last month, President Joe Biden moved to divide and release $7 billion from Afghanistan’s central bank — funds frozen after the Taliban takeover of the country. Half would go to meet urgent Afghan humanitarian needs, and half would apparently be disbursed to a subset of U.S. terrorism victims’ families who’d recently won claims against the Taliban in Manhattan federal court. (We say apparently because the language of the order isn’t entirely clear.)

Why China can’t bail out Putin’s economy

In deciding to invade Ukraine, Vladimir Putin clearly misjudged everything. He had an exaggerated view of his own nation’s military might; my description last week of Russia as a Potemkin superpower, with far less strength than meets the eye, looks even truer now. He vastly underrated Ukrainian morale and military prowess, and failed to anticipate the resolve of democratic governments — especially, although not only, the Biden administration, which, in case you haven’t noticed, has done a remarkable job on everything from arming Ukraine to rallying the West around financial sanctions.