County dumps need work

LIHUE — The County of Kauai is continuing work to get the Kekaha Landfill up to state Department of Health standards after receiving a warning letter from the DOH in November.

Council amends TVR bill 2767

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council on Wednesday approved amendments to a bill that would increase property taxes for certain vacation-rental owners.

Land developer sues county

LIHUE — A North Shore property owner is suing the Kauai County Planning Commission over its refusal to allow him to develop 134 acres of agricultural land in Moloa‘a.

Resident unhappy with county tax refund

LIHUE — A Kapaa resident recently found out she had overpaid on her property taxes by thousands of dollars over the past seven years due to a clerical error at the county finance department, whose officials have admitted they made a mistake but declined to refund about half of the money.

Audit finds $6M in unreported funds

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism failed to report over $6 million to the state Legislature as required by law, according to a report released Tuesday by the state Auditor’s Office.

Shipping company seeks rate hike

The shipping company Young Brothers is trying to raise rates for the second time in two years, and some farmers fear the proposed 34% increase will devastate agriculture and livestock businesses.

Tax hike proposed for some TVRs

LIHUE — A bill that would increase the property taxes of Kauai residents with TVRs on their property was met with opposition Thursday.

Omao man accused of murder prepares for trial

LIHUE — A pair of bloody shorts and other items recovered from the home of an Omao man accused of stabbing his landlady to death will be admissible as evidence in his upcoming murder trial.

A rescue story

At age 22, Hikari Oberman has already been a lifeguard with the Kauai Fire Department’s Ocean Safety Bureau for four years. And he’s been training for the job his whole life.

Senior annoyed by county tax man

LIHUE — A senior citizen in Kapaa emailed The Garden Island recently to complain about a county employee who told him not to waste his time trying to get a property tax exemption that could save him over a thousand dollars. Here is the nature of the dispute.

Farmer sues police

A farmer is suing the Kauai Police Department and one of its officers, who, according to a lawsuit, placed the man in handcuffs and knocked him to the ground, fracturing his spine and causing nerve damage.

Plea bargain settles 6 cases

LIHUE — A Kalaheo man pleaded no contest Monday to reduced charges in a deal with prosecutors to resolve six separate felony cases he picked up last year.

OHA audit suspended

State Auditor Les Kondo announced Monday that he has suspended an audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ limited liability companies, after the OHA Board of Trustees refused to turn over complete and unredacted minutes of its meetings.

Design flaws reported in helicopter model

LIHUE — Mechanical issues with the model of helicopter that crashed into a cliff near the Napali Coast last week have raised concerns among federal air traffic safety officials for over a decade.