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Monday, January 5, 2009
January 5, 2009
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9,000 acres to protect fly species

Pig eradication to come?  "In some areas, invasive feral pigs dig up soil and eat the native plants the flies need to live."

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Housing discrimination hurting Kaua‘i’s homeless, group says

Punohu believes the situation has gotten serious, especially on Kaua‘i, where an individual receiving HUD is turned down before they even have a chance to talk to a landlord.
Punohu said Kaua‘i has the highest percentage of those advertising against renters who receive HUD in the state of Hawai‘i. 
“The majority of landlords who are discriminating are actually discriminating against race, sex or income, and are hiding behind the legality of saying ‘no HUD’ allowed. They won’t even give people an opportunity to phone,” said Punohu.
“Families are crowding into houses and living in tents in family yards. Many end up living on the beach or sleeping in their cars; the situation is dire and it doesn’t have to be this way.”

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Man drowns at Kehena Beach

LINK: to VIDEO of recovery

"This is a very sad day for Kehena Beach and all of Puna. He was loved everywhere."
The would-be rescuers included Yuri, a Russian immigrant, Naia Rae Fox, a beach regular, Henri, a Portuguese native originally from the Azores, and two other men named Isaac and Mikey. According to Fox, an experienced waterwoman, Kauhi was baby-sitting a toddler named Roots when he decided to take a dip in what she called "crazy surf, the biggest I've seen it."
When it became obvious that Kauhi was in trouble, Yuri was the first to get to him.

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UH nonprofit bleeds $6.9M

Mounting debt has alarmed board members of a nonprofit affiliated with the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.

...specialists brought in to tackle the trouble have quickly departed....

...a verbal report discounted "rumors and allegations" that funds available to pay salaries for the faculty were improperly used....

"The more we all found out about it, the more concerned we were," Ostrander said.

He said systems had to be set up to address issues related to accounting and billing.

"It's quite possible this was beyond the scope of what folks were comfortable with or had experience with at the time."

Faculty members were refusing to sign contracts with UCERA a few months ago, but they are coming in now, said Blanchette, who worked with department chairmen and faculty to revise the contracts to meet their needs.

Dr. Elizabeth Tam, chairwoman of the Department of Internal Medicine and UCERA vice president, said a billing system that should have been installed at the start was put in at a cost of $2 million to $3 million, and collections for physicians' billings now total about $2 million a month -- up to 91 percent from 41 percent.

The Council of Administrators suggested in August changing UCERA's name because it had "a bad reputation."

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Looking A Tax Increase In The Face

With the opening of the legislative session only a few weeks away, hold on to your wallet because there is a good possibility that we may be looking a tax increase in the face if lawmakers can’t cut spending.

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