Volcano Watch: Volcano scientists gather for a volatile meeting

This week, a group of volcanic gas scientists from throughout the United States, including staff from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will gather at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash., for a workshop to improve and facilitate collaboration within the volcanic gas community during times of eruption or volcanic unrest.

Tropical Gardening: Colombia’s drylands expanding

Desertification is nothing new to the world, but global warming combined with human activities is accelerating this phenomenon. The old saying “rain follows the forest and desert follows man” is rather depressing, but it doesn’t have to be if we understand how deserts are created and how we can reverse the process.

Can you help identify this photo?

The Tribune-Herald each Saturday is publishing a photo from the Lyman Museum’s John Howard Pierce Photography Collection. The Kona Historical Society generously donated the collection in 2007. The museum is seeking help identifying the people and places in the pictures, most of which are from the 1960s and ’70s. Those with information about the subjects in the photos can contact the museum at 935-5021 or archives@lymanmuseum.org. See identified photographs on Facebook at tinyurl.com/piercephotoid. THIS PHOTO (NO. 19331) was captured Aug. 28, 1968.

Naalehu library to be closed for expansion project

Naalehu Public Library will be closed from Sept. 16-Oct. 2 and will re-open at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 in a new temporary location in the Naalehu state office building. The temporary closure and relocation are necessary to kick off the long-awaited library expansion project.

PATH names new executive director

KAILUA-KONA — A new leader is at the helm of PATH — Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii — as the nonprofit moves forward in its 33rd year of promoting pedestrian and bicycle safety on Hawaii Island.

Richards to speak at LWV meeting

Current, former and prospective members, as well as other interested people, are invited to join the League of Women Voters of Hawaii County to learn more about Dr. Tim Richards’ vision for “utilizing the abundant potential for energy generation while increasing food self-reliance.”

Lyman Museum presentation postponed

The Lyman Museum’s Saigo Series presentation, “Harbors and Landing Places of Ka‘u” with Captain Kiko Johnson-Kitazawa, originally scheduled for Sept. 16-17 must be postponed because of a medical emergency in Johnson-Kitazawa’s family. The presentation is anticipated to be rescheduled, perhaps in January, and the community will be informed about the new dates as soon as possible. To be notified via email when the program is rescheduled, sign up at: http://bit.ly/saigo_updates. The museum apologizes for any inconvenience.