NOAA: El Nino is here

LOS ANGELES — El Nino is here, but don’t expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.

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Flags to fly at half-staff to honor former state representative

As a mark of respect for the late former state Rep. Diana “Mele” Carroll, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the flags of the United States and State of Hawaii shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset Friday to recognize services held on Oahu and Sunday, which is the day services will be held on Maui.

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Neal taking over at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

Christina (Tina) Neal has been chosen to serve as the new scientist-in-charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Neal succeeds Jim Kauahikaua, who served in the position for the past 10 years.

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Runnin’ with Rani: Ranfranz keeps Peaman streak alive

In the wide world of Peaman, Cody Ranfranz has quickly turned into a household name for fans, spectators and competitors. Over the past eight months, the Konawaena sophomore has been virtually impossible to beat at the monthly Peaman Biathlon events since becoming the youngest victor in its 27-year history at the age of 14.

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