Series: The “Big Wind” Beat

Community Resists Wind Project: Developers Moving Forward With Studies, Permitting Process (June 26, 2011)

Molokai Renewables wind developers planned to host an open-house discussion about the proposed wind turbines project last Tuesday, but community members interrupted their agenda. Taking bold steps to express their mana`o, anti-wind supporters of the Molokai group I Aloha Molokai (IAM) ignored informational posters sitting on tables, except to draw large red Xs through two.

“Cut the crap and get to the point,” IAM organizer Kanohowailuku Helm said as he stood up during Molokai Renewables’ introduction. He walked over to each of the developers in the audience, handing them Ziploc baggies filled with coins. “What’s it gonna cost you guys to leave us alone?” Continue reading “Series: The “Big Wind” Beat”


Kalaupapa Residents Defend Post Office

By Maggie Cassidy
The Molokai Dispatch

More than half of Kalaupapa’s 100 residents turned out in support of their tiny post office last week, when United States Postal Service (USPS) representatives visited the settlement to discuss its potential closure.

The post office is one of four in the state and nearly 4,000 nationwide targeted for review as the USPS faces an unprecedented financial crisis. USPS is currently gathering community feedback and financial information for all post offices under consideration. Continue reading “Kalaupapa Residents Defend Post Office”

Bike Czar Creates Buzz Just Gearing Up

By Maggie Cassidy
Globe Correspondent

It’s time to connect the dots.

Or, rather, connect the bike lanes, say local bike activists who say 2009 should be about expanding Boston’s burgeoning biking infrastructure and start to connect its disjointed bicycling hot spots.

Led by Nicole Freedman, director of Boston Bikes and the city’s “bike czar,” Boston established about 5 miles of new bike lanes in the agency’s first year. She has big plans for coming years, including a bike-share program.  Continue reading “Bike Czar Creates Buzz Just Gearing Up”