|HI-SEAS dome welcomes eight crew members for an eight-month stay beginning this Thursday on|
Mauna Loa. The goal is to simulate life confined to long-distance space exploration. See story below.
Photo from HI-SEAS
|The petition calls for replacing the mini station with|
a larger Ocean View Police Station next to
the fire station. Photo by Ann Bosted
|Community Policing Officer|
Gall said one of the problems with remote communities is that“the Police Dispatch is based in Hilo, and they know nothing about Ocean View. They could use electronic maps, which have been in use on the mainland since the early eighties. There, dispatch officers punch in the address and a dispatcher can tell the police officer where to go. As an example, the dispatch staff in Hilo have no idea where Lotus Blossom is,” exclaimed Gall. “Localized policing would end that problem.”
|Ron Gall, President of|
Ocean View Community
Debbie Dubois, one of the organizers of the petition drive, said that having police more often in Ocean View would help with the following:“The criminals can get scanners and tune into the police channels, and know exactly where the police are and what they are doing.”
Dubois also described interaction with the police and community:“We go to Neighborhood Watch meetings with the police, but they are very unsatisfactory. Key information is missing, and they won’t share stuff with us. Localized policing is crucial and this petition is a start."
She gave an example of the long wait time in Ocean View for some victims of crime.“A few days ago, a resident saw his neighbor being robbed. He immediately phoned in the crime, and the police told him that under no circumstances should he interfere. Only after the burglary was over and his neighbor had been cleaned out, did the the cops show up. They took about 45 minutes to arrive. This is totally unacceptable, yet it happens over and over again. We need to take action. Every one knows who the repeat criminals are. But they are almost never arrested, and if they are nabbed, they are let go again. We have to stop this ‘catch and release’ pattern,” said Dubois.
Concerning the petition drive, over 200 signatures have already been collected, and the team expects to collect about 500, Dubois reported.
|Dr. Martin Luther King was remembered in the writings of|
Hawai`i Gov. David Ige today. Photo from Gov. Ige
"Here in Hawai’i we believe in lifting up our fellow citizens by helping to raise the standard of living for all our residents. We have committed millions to ease the homelessness crisis and make housing affordable. We have worked to bring meaningful job opportunities to Hawai’i, jobs that pay well enough so people can live without being burdened with a life time of debt. We are 17th in the nation in personal income growth and we have the 3rd lowest unemployment rate in the country. For Dr. King economic equality was just as important as racial equality.
"I want to encourage all our citizens, as we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, to ask themselves how we can work to make our communities stronger for everyone and what can we do as individuals to make someone’s life better.
"So I would like to end with the same call to action that Dr. King made so clear that night in Memphis: 'Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.'”
|At 8,000 feet, astronaut-like crew members in the HI-SEAS dome will live together in|
close quarters, simulating long-distance space travel. Photo from HI-SEAS
The NASA-funded project, in partnership with University of Hawai`i and its Hawai`i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation - HI-SEAS, aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions including travel to Mars. The HI-SEAS dome is located at the 8,000 feet elevation in an abandoned quarry on Mauna Loa. There are two stories within the dome. Ground floor is 993 square feet and second floor loft is 424 square feet. Another 160 square-fee of space is created by a shipping container attached to the dome.