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For Saturday, July 24, 2010

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Kauai shifts football games

LIHUE » Kauai high school football games are going to be held on Saturday afternoons instead of Friday nights this year to protect threatened seabirds.

The bright lights used during the night games confuse newborn Newell's shearwaters, which rely on moonlight to travel from their nests out to sea.

Every year, an estimated 30 shearwaters become disoriented and fall from the skies because of the lights at Vidinha Stadium.

The first two games of the season will not be moved because they fall before the fledgling season begins on Sept. 15.

Under federal and state laws, the Kauai Interscholastic Federation can be fined up to $30,000 for each bird that dies.

 

Lava 100 feet from home

Lava has advanced to less than 100 feet from a home in Kalapana, according to reports received by Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento.

Lava has been moving along Highway 137 and advanced 260 feet yesterday from Thursday, said spokeswoman Janet Babb of the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. But "the eastward movement has slowed down as the week has progressed," Babb said.

Although the eastward flow has been south of the house under threat for the past few days, "the house is not completely out of jeopardy because of a small active flow north of it," Babb said.

 

Highway projects focus of meetings

The state Department of Transportation will conduct a second round of meetings on Hawaii island to discuss state and county transportation projects to be paid for with federal highway funds.

Survey results from the first round of meetings on the Draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2011 to 2014 will be shared. All of these meetings begin at 6 p.m.

» Monday: Hilo State Office Building, Conference Rooms A, B and C
» Tuesday: Keaau Community Center
» Wednesday: Waimea Civic Center State Office Building Conference Room
» Thursday: Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria

 

Help sought for 16 horses

LIHUE » Kauai Humane Society says it needs help caring for 16 horses rescued in May.

The horses were reported to be emaciated and dehydrated when they were seized from a 150-acre pasture leased to Lara Butler-Brady by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Society Executive Director Rebecca Rhoades said this week that Butler-Brady has pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. Trial is set for Oct. 4.

Rhoades says the horses are now doing well. She calculates feeding and caring for each horse costs between $200 and $300 a month.

 

Crash did not kill driver

An autopsy determined that injuries a man suffered when his car crashed in Kihei Monday were not the cause of his death, Maui police said.

Terry Eoff, 58, of Kihei, was driving on Kilohana Drive at about 5:50 p.m. when his sedan hit a utility pole support wire and overturned. Police did not give a cause of death.






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