|Puna Geothermal plans to expand after going back online producing electricity in November.|
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Lava approaches Puna Geogthermal in 2018, eventually covering part of its power plant.
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PGV wrote to Mayor Mitch Roth and Board of Land & Natural Resources chair Suzanne Case asking whether they would engage with the geothermal company on the issue. According to the Tribune Herald story, Case wrote that DLNR has no jurisdiction over the project and would decline from commenting on the environmental review.
The mayor wrote, "The county considers the development of renewable, sustainable energy sources as one of its most important responsibilities and remains committed to reducing the cost of energy as part of its strategy to revitalize and diversify Hawaii Island’s economy, while engaging in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.” Roth said the Office of Environmental Quality Control would be consulted to see if it would work on the geothermal issue and to help determine any limitation of the county's authority to "assist PGV." According to the Tribune Herald, the mayor also said that the county should review all records before the PUC before deciding whether an environmental review is required by statute. He said he county could join DLNER and OEQC as an accepting authority for the environmental review.
Volunteers at last week's free Covid clinic in Ocean View.
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432-2660 through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no charge, no co-pay. Bring ID and medical insurance card. Uninsured persons are welcome. Walk-in's are welcome.
A $50 KTA gift certificate will go to the first 50 participants. The event is sponsored by Kaiser, KTA, Kaʻū Rural Health Clinic and National Association of Community Health Workers.
The clinic follows last week's success in Ocean View with numerous members of the Marshallese community receiving Covid vaccines, said Jessie Marques, founding leader of Kaʻū Rural Health Community Association. This push for more vaccinations comes during a warning that the Delta variant is starting to spread in Hawai'i. It is more easily transmitted than earlier COVID variants.
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GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramic