Friday, March 27, 2015

Appointment to Energy Office

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's Energy Office has a new administrator.

The state's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism announced Mark Glick's appointment Monday.

His task is to oversee and develop programs that support the state's clean energy initiatives.

He previously managed the department's $9.5 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.

He also advised the Hawaii Economic Development Task Force. Prior to joining the department, Glick headed operations and economic development for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Glick established alternative fuel policies and programs as senior advisor to the Texas Land Commissioner from 1987 to 1991.

Hawaii-based soldier killed

HONOLULU (AP) -- The military says a Hawaii-based soldier from Texas died from injuries suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Monday Army Staff Sgt. Houston Taylor of Hurst, Texas, died Thursday in Kunar province after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire.

The 25-year-old soldier was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks on Oahu.

He arrived to Schofield Barracks on March 1, 2010 and was assigned as a section leader for the Brigade Focused Targeting Force.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal.

He was married with two children.

APEC security sparks concerns

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii officials are trying to assure the public that the expected disruptions during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting next month will be worthwhile for the state.

Tourism, government and business leaders say the long-term benefits of APEC outweigh aggravations that include road closures, traffic and tight parking.

Some 20,000 people, including President Barack Obama, will descend upon Oahu during the Nov. 7 to 13 high-profile event.

Waikiki Neighborhood Board member Les Among says there hasn't been enough information about the high security and inconvenience to residents.

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