Police release man arrested in murder probe

Police have released Westen Tegman, the 32-year-old Hilo man arrested on suspicion of murder in the death 28-year-old Isaac Wessel-Rivera, 28, whose body was found Friday night on the bank of the Wailuku River in Hilo.

Obituaries for February 18

Simplicio “Sam” Baldado, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hawaii, he was a retired power plant supervisor for Hawaii Electric Light Co. and U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Burial noon at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by wife, Edna Baldado of Hilo; sons, Robert “Bobby” Glenn (Sheila) Baldado of Keaukaha and Dale Kainoa Baldado of Kihei, Maui; brothers, John (Shirley) Baldado of Kealakeua, Quentin (Rufina) Baldado, Jacob Keaweaheulu and James Baldado of Kalaoa Mauka; sisters, Maming (Stanley) Ho of Pearl City, Oahu, Christine Baldado of Kalaoa Mauka, Josephine (Joseph) Santillanes of New Mexico, Magdeline (Li Pabro) Baldado of Wainaku and Dorene Baldado of Keaukaha; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Let’s Talk Food: Fat Tuesday is next week

Next week Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, which is a day before Ash Wednesday. It is a celebration of food, lots of it, before the Lenten season. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and po boy sandwiches, crawfish, shrimp and grits, Creole crab cakes, shrimp and chicken etouffee, dirty rice, and red beans and rice are some of the items on the menu for that day.

‘Imiloa invites community to birthday celebration

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center invites the community to join in the celebration of its 14th birthday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is Birthday Re-Wrapped, which showcases a full day of hands-on activities, planetarium shows, presentations and exhibits on ways to recycle, reuse and reduce waste.

Roberg named ‘Officer of the Quarter’

On Friday, the Hawaii Island Security and Safety Professionals Association recognized South Kohala Patrol Officer Adam Roberg as their Officer of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Obituaries for February 17

Juan Castro Alvarez Sr., 87, of Waimea died Jan. 5 at Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. Born in Tucson, Ariz., he was a retired U.S. Marine Corps captain during the Korean and Vietnam wars and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 999. Private services held. Survived by sons, Juan (Christy) Alvarez Jr. of Long Beach, Calif., Paul (Denise) Alvarez of Raymond, Calif., and Robert (Tammy) Alvarez of California; daughters, Kuuipo (Douglas) Grube of Texas, Lani (Darlene) Alvarez of Waimea, Mililani Kanamu of Hilo and Luanna (Duane) Sayers of Rohnert Park. Calif.; 19 granchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Irwin: Welcoming the world to Hilo

Next weekend, Feb. 21 and 22, the University of Hawaii at Hilo will once again host International Nights at the Performing Arts Center on campus (https://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/view/14434 ).

Tropical Gardening: Australia’s forest fires threaten unique flora and fauna

When it comes to strange animals and plants, Australia is in the lead for its share of the unusual to unique. This ancient mini continent has mammals that lay eggs to the marsupials that carry their premature babies in pouches. Recent fires put many in the animal kingdom at risk and the plant kingdom as well. Some Australian ecosystems will be altered for centuries and some may never recover.

Obituaries for February 16

Simplicio “Sam” Baldado, 90, of Hilo died Feb. 10 at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hawaii, he was a retired power plant supervisor for Hawaii Electric Light Co. and U.S. Army Korean War veteran. Visitation 9-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Service at 10:30 a.m. Casual attire. Burial noon at East Hawaii Veterans Cemetery No. 2. Survived by wife, Edna Baldado of Hilo; sons, Robert “Bobby” Glenn (Sheila) Baldado of Keaukaha and Dale Kainoa Baldado of Kihei, Maui; brothers, John (Shirley) Baldado of Kealakeua, Quentin (Rufina) Baldado, Jacob Keaweaheulu and James Baldado of Kalaoa Mauka; sisters, Maming (Stanley) Ho of Pearl City, Oahu, Christine Baldado of Kalaoa Mauka, Josephine (Joseph) Santillanes of New Mexico, Magdeline (Li Pabro) Baldado of Wainaku and Dorene Baldado of Keaukaha; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

Woman’s body found near scenic overlook

Hawaii Island Police are conducting a Coroner’s Inquest investigation after the discovery of a body Saturday morning near the Wainaku Scenic Lookout just outside of Hilo.