While visiting Kaua‘i, Gov. Ige talks infrastructure, COVID

The last time Gov. David Ige visited Kaua‘i, it was March 2021. He came for a blessing of the Hanalei Hillside as state and county agencies began work to clear the mud-and-rock-covered Kuhio Highway to allow access to and from Kaua‘i’s North Shore communities.

Omicron variant detected in wastewater

The state Department of Health recently added testing wastewater samples on Kaua‘i to its various methods of monitoring variants, state DOH Kaua‘i District Health Office Deputy Director Lauren Guest said Monday.

Kawakami’s State of the County: Investing in Kaua‘i

Reflecting on his last three years in office, Mayor Derek Kawakami, in his fourth State of the County address on Monday, is offering a more-optimistic projection of the upcoming fiscal year and holding onto his past promises to keep the county on track with investing in services and maintenance.

Kaua‘i roadwork week of March 13-18

HANALEI — There will be a single-lane closure on Kuhio Highway in either direction between mile markers 0.5 and 2.4, Hanalei Plantation Road and Aku Road, Monday through Friday, March 14 to 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for grass- and tree-trimming, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Felicia Cowden objects accuracy of Branson ties, allegations

LIHU‘E — Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against Elena Branson, 61, a dual citizen of Russia and the U.S., for acting as an illegal Russian agent in the United States, in which she lobbied a Kaua‘i County councilmember.

COVID restrictions ending

LIHU‘E — Later this month, the state’s travel quarantine and Safe Travels program will end, Gov. David Ige announced Tuesday afternoon.

NTSB to investigate PMRF incident

BARKING SANDS — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands that resulted in four fatalities Tuesday morning.

PMRF helicopter crash results in 4 fatalities

KEKAHA — Officials at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands have confirmed there are four fatalities related to a helicopter crash that occurred earlier today.