Getting in gear

KAILUA-KONA — Three Hawaii Island schools — including two from West Hawaii — are putting their robotics know-how to the test this week as they vie for a chance at an upcoming world robotics championship.

Comittee passes pesticide bill

HONOLULU — The House Finance Committee passed a bill Wednesday involving vegetative buffer zones around schools to protect against large-scale industrial pesticide use.

Honokohau Deep Well down again

KAILUA-KONA — The North Kona water system is down another deep well, bringing the number of inoperative water sources in the 13-source system back up to three.