TMT protesters’ court appearances spark brief moments of levity

It was mostly business as 28 protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project, mostly kupuna, or elders, made their initial court appearances today in Hilo District Court on obstruction charges for blocking construction trucks and workers from scaling Maunakea to start construction on July 17.

Council mulls electric buses

Members of the Hawaii County Council met with a representative of an electric bus manufacturer Tuesday to discuss the possibility of converting the county’s bus fleet to electric vehicles.

County to inspect bridge in Kalopa

The county Department of Public Works announces that Kahawailiilii Gulch Bridge on Kalopa Road, formerly Old Mamalahoa Highway near Honokaa, will be closed Friday, Sept. 27, to conduct a routine bridge inspection. Work will be conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Civil Defense testing sirens Friday

The state Emergency Management Agency and Hawaii County Civil Defense will conduct siren testing between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday at Hilo Hillsides Estates and MacKenzie State Recreation Area in Pahoa.

County fair kicks off today

The Hawaii County Fair will bring familiar family favorites and new features to Hilo when it returns this week for its 69th year.