Goble takes charge of KFD

LIHU‘E — Heading the Kaua‘i Fire Department requires more than just overseeing land operations. It’s overseeing lifeguards saving swimmers swept out to sea and sending teams aboard Air 1 to save injured hikers.

Kaua‘i Fire Department Changes Command

LIHU‘E — Fire and Ocean Safety Chief Steven Goble took the helm of the Kaua‘i Fire Department Wednesday morning in a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Lihu‘e Civic Center.

Quarantine violations in court

LIHU‘E — A couple that allegedly broke the state’s COVID-19 mandatory 14-day quarantine emergency order pleaded not guilty during separate hearings Wednesday morning.

Group wants double testing

LIHU‘E — A committee of doctors and community leaders is considering a proposal to Gov. David Ige to test a tourist-entry system that would require visitors to Kauai to be tested for COVID-19 before they depart and again after they arrive, with a five- or six-day quarantine in between.

Kaua‘i United Way looking for new director

LIHU‘E — Following the retirement of Scott Giarman, the Kaua‘i United Way is currently accepting applications and resumes for a new executive director for the nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that is dedicated to serving the social needs of Kaua‘i since 1943.

Night road work in Hanama‘ulu starts today

HANAMA‘ULU and KAPAIA – The public is advised that night construction work will be performed at the Wastewater Management Division’s Hanama‘ulu Sewage Pump Station (SPS), located on Hanama‘ulu Road, and Kapaia SPS, located at the intersection of Kuhio Highway and Ma‘alo Road. The work is being performed as part of the construction project to rehabilitate and upgrade the Hanama‘ulu and Kapaia SPSs.

Scholarship fund receives endowments

PUHI — The first two endowments have been established to support the Wai‘ale‘ale scholarship project at Kaua‘i Community College, from Dr. Roberta Weil and the LaFrance Foundation.

Ocean safety awareness

LIHU‘E — Monday morning, two divers were out by a cove near Shipwreck Beach. From the shore, a concerned visitor saw two people waving their arms and called in a report of distressed swimmers.

Boat rules relaxed

HONOLULU — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, with the concurrence of the state’s four counties, is lifting certain COVID-19 emergency restrictions imposed on larger commercial and recreational boating, and on ocean recreation.

Federal money for Kaua‘i Bus

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Bus has received just over $4 million in federal money as part of a virus-related relief initiative aimed at rural transit operations and maintenance expenses.

Balmores has PMRF ready for disaster

BARKING SANDS — Putting out the correct message at the right time with the correct information — that is the name of the game when it comes to emergency management.