As state clears ditch, traffic backs up

WAILUA — As rush hour dawned Wednesday morning, state Department of Transportation workers fired up chain saws to continue a ditch-clearing project that has been putting a kink in traffic between Lihue and Kapaa.

Councilmember charged

LIHUE — Kauai County Councilmember Arthur Brun was indicted Wednesday on felony charges for allegedly running from police during a traffic stop two weeks ago and hitting an officer with his car in the process.

Fundraiser to benefit Lions Club

KILAUEA — The Kauai North Shore Lions Club presents the first “Fall Round-Up” fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Anaina Hou Community Park’s Porter Pavilion in Kilauea.

Forensic nurses respond to violence

LIHUE — Six sexual assault nurse examiners — Jennifer Antony, Charlene Ono, Ranelle Ka‘awa, Tami Ramil, Stephanie Huhn and Ceisha Judd — were recognized Monday by the Office of the Mayor and County Council, who brought forth a commendation and proclamation.

Mayor signs rental bills

LIHUE — Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami signed five Additional Rental Unit bills on Tuesday that would waive permitting fees on additional rental units deemed affordable.

MADD wants to see red

HONOLULU — With upcoming holiday season parties and events involving alcohol, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii is ready to launch its “Tie One On for Safety” red-ribbon campaign.

Big Island man in fatal crash had prior DUI conviction

KAILUA-KONA — A 25-year-old Waimea man, who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of negligent homicide and DUI following a two-car crash near Kekaha Kai State Park in Kona that killed a 35-year-old mother and hospitalized three girls, has a prior conviction for drunken driving.

Red Cross director retiring

LIHUE — Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the American Red Cross Pacific Islands Region, will retire after 16-1/2 years of service to the humanitarian organization.

‘Earth Matters’ public lectures series continues

The National Tropical Botanical Garden and Kauai Community College’s collaborative Earth Matters public lecture series continues from 5:30 tonight as Kauai-based cultural anthropologist Dr. Mimi George and Permanent Secretary of the Vaka Taumako Project Meph Wyeth present part two of “We the Voyagers: Lata’s Children.”

Forever grateful

HANAPEPE — Someone said the Korean War veterans should not be wearing their commemorative shirts too much.