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State plans road work

Alternating single lane closures will be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 45 and 39.5, in the vicinity of Kapapala Ranch in Kaʻu for pavement reconstruction, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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Coming up for air in lower Puna

The past several weeks have been full of suspense and emotion for residents of the lower Puna District. Rather than being restful, recent weekends have been busy with notable events. On Oct. 25, lava crossed Cemetery Road/Apaa Street on the outskirts of Pahoa. On Nov. 9, a new lobe widened the flow along the road, entered private property and threatened an evacuated home. Just before noon the next day, the house was consumed by fire, the first residential structure taken by the June 27 lava flow.

Water Board works on opposition letter

Hawaii County’s Water Board is in unanimous opposition to a move by the National Park Service asking the state Commission on Water Resource Management to give the area served by the Keauhou aquifer a state water management area designation.