Rural hospitals are closing maternity wards. People are seeking options to give birth closer to home

Alisha Alderson placed her folded clothes and everything she needed for the last month of her pregnancy in various suitcases. She never imagined she would have to leave the comfort of her home in rural eastern Oregon just weeks before her due date. But following the abrupt closure in August of the only maternity ward within 40 miles, she decided to stay at her brother’s house near Boise, Idaho — a two-hour drive through a mountain pass — to be closer to a hospital.

Cowboys football falls short to Daggers

KAPAAU — In a back-and-forth affair where it felt like either team could take the victory, Kohala football fell in close fashion to Pahoa by a score of 14-13 on Saturday at home. While the Cowboys were in control for a majority of the game, the Daggers’ physical run game and ability to force turnovers late proved to be the deciding factor.