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.

Judge grants TRO in panhandling suit

A federal judge has granted a homeless man’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents Hawaii County from enforcing its panhandling laws when he is soliciting money from passersby.

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Chain of Craters Road to be rebuilt as emergency route

The National Park Service announced today that it will work with the state and county to construct an emergency route along the former Chain of Craters Road to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava covers Highway 130.

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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.

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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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