Marni Herkes dies after long illness

HILO — A tireless community volunteer best known for her long service as the chamber’s executive director died recently, leaving behind a legacy of civic-minded engagement.

Military’s Mauna Kea rec area plans a no-go

HILO — The military has retreated from a plan to conduct special reconnaissance training at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area, where role-playing soldiers armed with guns would try to hide from observers.

Mass Transit recovery ongoing

HILO — Brenda Carreira, the third Mass Transit administrator this year, assured a County Council panel earlier this week she’s taken the first steps to pull the beleaguered agency back together.

Vacation rental bill passes

HILO — After two years, seven bill drafts and a lot of community input, Hawaii County will soon join the other three counties regulating short-term vacation rentals.

Sewer fee hikes advanced

HILO — Should the burden of keeping the oceans clean fall primarily on those connected to a sewer system?

Updated county website in the works

HILO — Other than which mayor is smiling from the upper right corner, little has changed on Hawaii County’s website over the past decade, despite repeated plans to upgrade it.

‘Local boy’ wants PTA to be a good steward

HILO — Self-proclaimed “local boy” Lt. Col. Loreto V. Borce Jr., commander at U.S. Army Garrison Pohakuloa Training Area, hit the ground running when he took over PTA in late May, with goals of readiness, workforce and community.

Sewer rates to almost double

HILO — Sewer fees will almost double over the next three years if the County Council agrees with a rate plan submitted by the Department of Environmental Management.