BHS graduate nets First Wind scholarship
Recent Baldwin High School graduate Rysen Otomo has received First Wind's top scholarship honor worth $20,000, the company announced last week.
In addition, graduating Kamehameha Schools Maui senior Sarina Kong has won a $3,000 scholarship.
Two other Hawaii students were awarded $3,000 scholarships as the honorees competed in a "record" application pool of more than 125 applicants from six states where First Wind does business.
On Maui, First Wind owns and operates the Kaheawa Wind I and II on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains. The other Hawaii project is in Kahuku on Oahu.
Otomo, of Wailuku, received the top honor, a $5,000 scholarship renewable each year for four years. He will pursue a degree in engineering from Stanford University.
Kong, of Kahului, is enrolled at Santa Clara University, where she will pursue a degree in biology.
The First Wind program offers college scholarships to exceptional high school seniors in communities where the company has a project in operation, under construction or in an advanced stage of development.
Students must display strong potential for a successful post-secondary experience, as well as an interest in pursuing studies focused on the environment, energy or the sciences, an announcement said.
Noise complaint leads to marijuana arrest
Police officers investigating a noise complaint at a Paia residence Sunday arrested the homeowner after seeing 46 marijuana plants growing in the front yard and finding processed marijuana in the home, police said.
Wailuku patrol officers went to the home in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue at about 8 a.m. After seeing the marijuana plants, officers contacted the 62-year-old homeowner, who gave permission for officers to search the residence, police said.
In several rooms of the residence, police found dried processed marijuana weighing a total of 1,468 grams, or more than 3 pounds, police said. Police also reported finding 0.27 gram of crack cocaine in the residence.
The 46 plants weighed more than 28 pounds.
Police vice officers were called to help recover the drugs and paraphernalia, including pots used to grow the plants.
The homeowner was released pending further investigation of drug charges, police records show.
Property tax rates topic of public hearing
A public hearing will be held Wednesday on the proposed Maui County Real Property Tax rates for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.
The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers on the 8th floor of the Kalana O Maui building.
All real property tax categories, except the residential classification, which usually includes second homes used as rentals, will see rates increase from a low of 5 cents to a high of 25 cents per $1,000 of net taxable assessed valuation, according to a proposal by the County Council's Budget and Finance Committee.
The residential rate will remain the same at $5.75. Apartment will go from $6.20 to $6.40, commercial from $6.90 to $7.05, industrial from $7.10 to $7.30, agriculture from $6 to $6.05, conservation from $6.20 to $6.25, hotel and resort from $9.15 to $9.40, time share from $15.50 to $15.55, homeowner from $2.75 to $2.87 and commercial residential from $4.50 to $4.60.
The council is expected to review and approve rates along with the proposed county budget on first reading at its next scheduled meeting, May 28.