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Beto O'Rourke to return to Iowa, with stop in Mount Vernon

Former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is returning to Iowa for a series of rallies around the state next week, including in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.

O’Rourke is scheduled to hold a town hall-style campaign stop beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Cornell College in Thomas Commons, 810 Commons Circle SW in Mount Vernon. O’Rourke is expected to make brief remarks about gun reform and immigration before fielding questions from the audience.

This is the first announced stop on his visit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Other announced stops include a presidential town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, and a visit to North High School in Des Moines where he will attend an assembly on Friday morning. The assembly is only up to students and faculty.

This is O’Rourke’s first trip to Iowa since the Polk Democrats Steak Fry last month.

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/beto-orourke-to-return-to-iowa-with-stop-in-mount-vernon-20191018

Beto O'Rourke to return to Iowa, with stop in Mount Vernon

Former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is returning to Iowa for a series of rallies around the state next week, including in Mount Vernon on Wednesday.

O’Rourke is scheduled to hold a town hall-style campaign stop beginning at 5:15 p.m. at Cornell College in Thomas Commons, 810 Commons Circle SW in Mount Vernon. O’Rourke is expected to make brief remarks about gun reform and immigration before fielding questions from the audience.

This is the first announced stop on his visit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Other announced stops include a presidential town hall hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, and a visit to North High School in Des Moines where he will attend an assembly on Friday morning. The assembly is only up to students and faculty.

This is O’Rourke’s first trip to Iowa since the Polk Democrats Steak Fry last month.

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/government/beto-orourke-to-return-to-iowa-with-stop-in-mount-vernon-20191018

Carlyle Group pulls out of South Texas oil terminal project

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Washington, D.C.-based multinational investment group behind a $1 billion crude oil export terminal project near Corpus Christi is withdrawing from the endeavor.

The Carlyle Group announced its withdrawal in a terse statement issued Friday. Carlyle had joined with The Berry Group, a Corpus Christi-based oil and gas contractor, to form a joint venture called Lone Star Ports LLC. The consortium was to head development of what's described as the nation's first onshore export terminal designed to handle the biggest supertankers.

The Carlyle statement says Berry and Lone Star plan to continue developing the Harbor Island project between Port Aransas and Aransas Pass. The Berry Group is the largest private employer in the Corpus Christi area.

Port Aransas city officials and local conservation and environmental groups have resisted the project.

https://www.oaoa.com/news/state/article_8ba49f0f-be99-549b-9834-ba0358978e08.html
(Odessa American) (no more at link)

The US Military Is Pouring Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Into Tiny Wake Island

Amid mounting tensions in the Pacific, the U.S. government is investing a lot of money on infrastructure at an isolated atoll, Wake Island, best known as the site of a heroic World War II battle.

Little information is publicly available about Wake, a secretive military base on a cluster of three small islands far out into the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and Japan. Wake is operated by the U.S. Air Force through Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, and is located within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

Wake Island is linked together in history with Pearl Harbor because both were hit by successful Japanese surprise attacks during a 24-hour period in December 1941.

Now Wake is at the forefront of a new military buildup in the North Pacific. A review of federal contracting information and defense industry press releases confirm that the United States government has committed hundreds of millions of dollars for work at Wake in the past few years.

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/10/the-u-s-military-is-pouring-hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars-into-tiny-wake-island/

Louis Kealoha Files For Divorce From Katherine Kealoha

Louis Kealoha wants out of his marriage with Katherine Kealoha.

The former Honolulu police chief filed for divorce from his wife, an ex-deputy city prosecutor, in the First Circuit Family Court Tuesday afternoon.

The marriage is irretrievably broken, Louis Kealoha indicated in his complaint for divorce. He also indicated Katherine should not be entitled to any spousal support.

Louis Kealoha’s attorney, Rustam Barbee, declined to comment.

The couple still faces a trial together in January in a federal bank fraud case where they are accused of stealing from the trust funds of children that Katherine Kealoha was a guardian for and banking institutions.

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/10/louis-kealoha-files-for-divorce-from-katherine-kealoha/

State Finally Gets It Right With Much Higher Fees At Public Harbors

When it comes to public property in the islands, there are plenty of unmet maintenance needs. Our public schools and the University of Hawaii come to mind.

Now the state is taking an important step to actually address another major backlog in public facility maintenance, this one at its 16 small boat harbors.

First it will have to resist the plaintive protests of boat owners who are about to see a big increase in the cost of mooring their boats in those harbors — and in some cases living there.

It’s unfortunate that some of these boaters may not be able to afford to stay in their harbor slips once fees increase dramatically Nov. 1, and we don’t really blame them for squawking.

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/10/state-finally-gets-it-right-with-much-higher-fees-at-public-harbors/

Wind Farm Protesters Arrested As They Blockade Road For Construction Vehicles

At least 22 arrests were made as of early Friday morning as protesters blocked an access road in Kalaeloa to prevent construction vehicles from transporting turbine parts and other equipment to a controversial wind farm project in Kahuku.

After the last arrest around 1:20 a.m., four construction trucks carrying sections of the turbines left the yard headed toward Kahuku. They were escorted by HPD vehicles, while police on foot lined both sides of the road.

At about 2:30 a.m., downed power lines blocked the highway near Kawela Bay, and the convoy stalled. A utility pole was “cut down intentionally” knocking out power for nearly 1,000 customers, according to Shannon Tangonan, a spokesperson for Hawaiian Electric Co. It’s unclear who cut down the pole, she said. Police are investigating.

Kamehameha Highway was still closed Friday morning and as of 9:30 a.m. more than 400 customers still had no power.

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/10/wind-farm-protesters-arrested-as-they-blockade-access-road-for-construction-vehicles/

Somebody thought it was a good idea to put a large propane tank next to this playground

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Realtors often highlight the kid-friendly playground at the upscale Waikalua Bayside project on Kaneohe Bay.

But neighbors said they were shocked when the developer of the $1 million homes placed the private playground next to a propane tank and a transformer.

“I don’t think it’s safe for the kids," said Kaneohe resident Adrian Keohokalole. “I think there should be fencing around that or the removal of the gas tank would be better.”

The playground’s proximity to the gas tank and transformer doesn’t appear to violate any city permitting rules. But area residents said it violates common sense.

Read more: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/10/17/whats-wrong-with-this-playground-according-permits-nothing-safety-concerns-linger/

Mayor Kim reassures protesters that TMT equipment won't be snuck up the mountain

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After fears that law enforcement could come in soon to clear the protest camp at Mauna Kea, Mayor Harry Kim and protest leaders say there’s assurances Thirty Meter Telescope equipment will not be sneaked in.

Thousands have visited the camp since the protest started on July 15.

Law enforcement reported numbers at their highest at 2,000. Now multiple sources say the numbers have dwindled from 100 to 150 because harsh winter conditions are setting in with rain, wind and temperatures ranging from the 80′s to the high 30′s.

Many are wondering if that leaves an opportunity for law enforcement to move in to clear the road for TMT’s equipment.

Mayor Kim says the public would be told of road closures when TMT plans to move its equipment once again and people would have to move from Mauna Kea Access Road at the base of Mauna Kea. He says assurances were made last month after rumors of an overnight raid by law enforcement sent activists scrambling.

Read more: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2019/10/17/mayor-kim-tmt-opposition-leader-describe-promise-no-sneaking-telescope-equipment/

California fault capable of 8.0-magnitude earthquake shows unprecedented recent movement, study

California fault capable of 8.0-magnitude earthquake shows unprecedented recent movement, study finds


LOS ANGELES >> A major California fault capable of producing a magnitude 8 earthquake has begun moving for the first time on record, a result of this year’s Ridgecrest earthquake sequence destabilizing nearby faults, Caltech scientists say in a study released in the journal Science today.

In the modern historical record, the 160-mile-long Garlock fault on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert has never been observed to produce either a strong earthquake or even to creep — the slow movement between earthquakes that causes a visible scar on the ground surface.

But new satellite radar images now show that the fault has started to move, causing a bulging of land that can be viewed from space.

“This is surprising, because we’ve never seen the Garlock fault do anything. Here, all of a sudden, it changed its behavior,” said the lead author of the study, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech. “We don’t know what it means.”

Read more: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/10/17/news/california-fault-capable-of-8-0-magnitude-earthquake-shows-unprecedented-recent-movement-study-finds/
(Honolulu Star Advertiser)
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