Council meeting Thursday

LIHUE — The Kauai County Council’s first meeting of the year will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Historic County Building.

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.

Gabbard, Case vote for Iran resolution

WASHINGTON — Hawaii’s U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on Thursday voted for a resolution demanding the end of military action against Iran without Congressional authorization.

‘Back to the basics’

LIHUE — After a little more than a year in office, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami still manages to squeeze in some surfing.

Locals split on impeachment

LIHUE — Locals expressed mixed feelings about the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump.

Stop the invasive spittlebug

LIHUE — While her sights are set on the White House, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is still working to safeguard her home state against an invasive bug that’s targeting grasslands and starting to impact the cattle industry on Hawaii Island.

County hires Mel Rapozo

LIHUE — Former county councilmember Mel Rapozo has been hired as an investigator for the Kauai County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, according to a county spokesperson.

State AG to prosecute Brun

LIHUE — The Hawaii Attorney General’s office will be taking over for county prosecutors in the case against a Kauai County Councilmember charged with hitting a police officer with his car while fleeing the scene of a traffic stop a month ago.

House Finance members to visit

LIHUE — Members of the state House Finance Committee, chaired by Rep. Sylvia Luke, will tour sites on Kauai to view firsthand several projects and programs supported by the Legislature.

More money for protection of coral

LIHUE — Hawaii coral reefs are one step closer to receiving nearly $10 million more in federal funding thanks to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee approval of the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act.

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.

Ige travels to Japan for ceremony

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige will be attending Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony and related events in Japan this week. The governor is one of seven Japanese-Americans who have been invited to the enthronement ceremony at the Imperial Palace today.