Tropical Storm Rachel quickly weakening

Tropical Storm Rachel is forecast to weaken during the coming 48 hours as the tropical cyclone moves toward the north approximately 485 miles west of the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula, National Hurricane Center forecasters in Miami say.

Phone service providers make lava plans

It’s not known when, or even if, lava from Kilauea Volcano’s June 27 flow will reach Pahoa town or cross Highway 130, but the leading edge of the flow again started to advance over the weekend after stalling for several days. Among those using the time granted by the molten rock’s slow advance to prepare for a potential disaster are telephone service providers.

Why do lava flows stop advancing?

Much scientific study has been done to determine what types of eruptions produce long lava flows. In the 1970s, a very simple idea seemed to guide future work — the length of a lava flow is limited by either the supply of lava or by how well the lava is thermally insulated during its transport to the flow front.

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Hawaii County gets HUD grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this week awarded more than $447,000 to help public housing and Housing Choice Voucher residents throughout Hawaii connect with local services to improve their education and employment and to put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

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Thieves take passports, money from PATH van

A group of Samoan and New Zealander cyclists visiting Hawaii Island last week on an awareness-raising mission lost their passports, money and personal belongings Thursday when someone broke into a van belonging to Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii, or PATH.

County eyes property tax revisions

Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille thinks she may have found the way to eliminate fraudulent use of the homeowner property tax exemption.

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