Hawaii Tribune-Herald from Hilo, Hawaii on April 20, 2011 · 1
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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I iMGlgsBri -ftiT- NATION" $6.7 billion infusion to ease Medicare cuts Page A3 But president expresses hope for compromise with GOP over nations debt By BEN FELLER Associated Press WASHINGTON With Americas global credit standing suddenly in question, President Barack Obama insisted Tuesday that Washington has the political will to slash the massive U.S. debt despite fierce, fundamental differences with Republicans about how to do it. Obam spoke hopefully of compromise with GOP lawmakers, yet still used a campaign-style town hall event to accuse the Republicans of offering a bleak future for the poor, young and elderly with their proposals. The president seemed intent on assuring financial markets and the watching world that U.S. leaders will get their act together to address a suffocating debt while at the same time trying to convince voters that only his plan would share the pain fairly. Republicans didnt sound optimistic about compromise. OBAMA House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday that he had picked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to work with a White House commission on cutting spending. But in doing so, Boehner said, The American people understand we cant keep spending money we dont have. The only ones who don't are the Democrats running Washington." More upbeat, Obama said, Heres the good news: 1 believe that Democrats and Republicans can come together to get this done. Speaking at Northern Virginia Community College outside Washington, he said, There will be those who say that were too divided, that partisanship is too See OBAMA Page A6 LIGHTING THE WAY Ha'aheo Elementary School Principal Esther Kanehailua applauds, along with some 180 students, grades K-6, who watched traditional Hawaiian dedication ceremonies Tuesday for a new 22-panel 3. kilowatt photovoltaic system installed by Hawaii Electric Light Company atop a classroom rooftop. Ha'aheo is the ninth Big Island public school to receive a system funded through Sun Power for Schools, a partnership between HELCO and the state Department of Education to encourage development of renewable energy education. Schools benefit economically from the low-cost power generated by the system and can integrate the solar data collected from the equipment into their curriculum. HELCO will operate and maintain the Ha'aheo system for two years. Fence lets Ka'u forest preserve, bloom Damage from animals ha By KIM EATON Stephens Media A 1, 200-acre lowland forest preserve in Kau is blossoming with native species once thought to have vanished. The Nature Conservancy's Kaiholena Preserve, which is part of the larger Ka'u Preserve in Ka'u, has been pig-free for two years, after a six-mile, animal-proof fence was built around a portion of the 2,600-acre Kaiholena Preserve. s decreased significantly By keeping feral animals out of the preserve, the damage caused by those animals has decreased significantly, allowing the area to heal itself, said Sha-lan Crysdale, The Nature Conservancy's natural resources manager for Hawaii Island. Conservancy staff has seen moss begin to cov er the forest floor and leaves fall. Feins an now covering patches of dirt create,, o, rooting feral animals, and standing water has disappeared, taking mosquitoes with it, he said. It has created the type of forest floor that you would have seen in Hawaii prior to the animals," he said. Its positive proof that this is the type of protection native forests need to surv ive." The fence, funded primarily with federal money, was finished in December 2007, but it .took another year to remove the wild pigs. Nearly 40 pigs were removed by volunteer hunters and See PRESERVE Page A6 HCC chief candidates meet public Four chancellor hopefuls speak at four-hour forum By COLIN M. STEWART Tribune-Herald staff writer East Hawaii residents got their first chance Tuesday to interact with the final four candidates vying for the chancellorship of Hawaii Community College. In a four-hour-long forum, community members, college faculty, students and staff were given an opportunity to hear from each of the candidates and pose questions concerning their leadership plans for the growing institution. The finalists include current Interim Chancellor Noreen Yamane and three applicants from the mainland: Alexander Capdeville of Bozeman, Mont.; Kathleen Curphy of Wadena, Minn.; and Daniel Bain of Independence, Kan. Each applicant was given a total of 45 minutes Tuesday to address the forum attendees and respond to their questions. One of the more prominent subjects that interested the audience was the states budgeting process and the candidates individual takes on how they would coax legislators into giving the college more financial support. Attendees . voiced a concern that HCC has continually been treated like a "step-child compared to UH-Hilo when it comes to funding. 1 have a lot of experience in working with the (Montana) Legislature and the central office. You have to present your case in a manner where you're not presenting yourself as a victim. We have to move ahead, said Capdeville. The former chancellor of Montana State University-Northern, Capdev ille said that HCC faces a challenge with its current facilities, and he would work to update the school's buildings and keep your name out front. You need an identity, he added. Forum attendees also expressed the need for a chancellor who will be able to bridge the divide between the islands various ethnicities. They asked the candidates what experience they had in working with minorities, and asked what challenges the college's ethnic diversity might present. Kathleen Curphy. who has most recently served as a provost at Minnesota State Com- See HCC Page A6 Car charging stations open By MARK NIESSE Associated Press HONOLULU Ten electric vehicle charging stations opened Tuesday at a Waikiki hotel and in downtown Honolulu, forming the foundation for a charging network planned to spread throughout the Hawaiian islands. Charging station company Better Place launched its initial Hawaii ' locations as a test run for another 130 stations to-be made publicly See STATIONS Page A5 CHECK OUT MY NEW HAND Emily Fennelll, 26, smiles Tuesday as she shows off her new hand at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. For more on this story, see Page A2. Hamakua ag park proceeds By PETER SUR Tribune-Herald staff writer Work continues at the 1.734-acre Kapulena Agricultural Park in Hamakua, as inmates build fences for initial use as pasture land. A 100-acre parcel is being fenced off. said Kevin Dayton. executive assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi. This land, located just above the Hamakua Ditch, is informally known as the makai property." to distinguish it from the 250-acre mauka property See AG PARK Page A6 Associated Praia T Index Internet - Visit us on th Web at www.hawsiltribune-hafaid.cont'iS Big hi history B3 Classified C6 Comics C4 Commentary A4 p Todays weather Page A 2 Issue No. 110 20 Pages in 3 Sections 0 58651 00050 5 w ,

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