Legislators mull options for hospitals

Just before she adjourned an informational briefing at Kona Community Hospital, House Health Committee Chairwoman Della Belatti offered one final insight into how the Legislature may try to address state health system woes.

Lava lights brush fire

Lava from the June 27 flow moved into lighter vegetation and ignited a brush fire Saturday afternoon, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said.

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Two separate blazes spark in Kailua-Kona

A lunchtime brush fire kindled in a beachside area at the north of end of Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area on Tuesday. Moments later, an elderly woman’s Mercedes and garage caught fire in Keauhou.

Police seek missing teen

Hawaii Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl, who was reported missing. Teani Evangelista was last seen in Hilo on July 6.

Police arrest 11 for DUI

During the week of Sept. 15 through Sept. 21, Hawaii Island police arrested 11 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. So far this year, there have been 842 DUI arrests compared with 935 during the same period last year, a decrease of 9.9 percent. There have been 1,131 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,004 during the same period last year, an increase of 12.6 percent.

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Two separate blazes spark in Kailua-Kona

A lunchtime brush fire kindled in a beachside area at the north of end of Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area on Tuesday. Moments later, an elderly woman’s Mercedes and garage caught fire in Keauhou.

Police seek missing teen

Hawaii Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl, who was reported missing. Teani Evangelista was last seen in Hilo on July 6.

Police arrest 11 for DUI

During the week of Sept. 15 through Sept. 21, Hawaii Island police arrested 11 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. So far this year, there have been 842 DUI arrests compared with 935 during the same period last year, a decrease of 9.9 percent. There have been 1,131 major accidents so far this year compared with 1,004 during the same period last year, an increase of 12.6 percent.

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Ragout: the perfect autumn stew

When the first of the seasonal storms come calling, I start salivating for ragout. This rich, highly seasoned stew can be made with meat, poultry or fish; with or without vegetables. Sometimes the ragout is a side dish; usually it’s a main dish because of its hearty nature. The beauty of a ragout is that it can be made in advance, tasting even better the next day. It is also a great way to use slightly freezer-burned foods, since the richness will mask any dryness. The famous Italian red meat sauce called ragu has a base of ground beef and diced vegetables. In any classic ragout, the meat is cut into very small pieces so that it can become part of the sauce, adding to the thickness and rich flavor. Here are three favorites to try.

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