UH scientists to discuss comet
"Stardust One Year Later: What Have We Learned About Comet Wild 2?" will be the topic of a Hawaii Space Lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Planetary scientist Gary Huss, with the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, will give the free talk in Room 544, Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building, 1680 East-West Road.
Comet Wild 2 was discovered in January 1978, and a spacecraft named Stardust took pictures of it and collected dust samples in January 2004.
For more information, call 956-3132 or see www.higp.hawaii.edu/prpdc.
Jellyfish influx is expected today
Ocean safety officials are warning beachgoers of a box jellyfish influx on Oahu's beaches today.
Six of the stinging creatures were found yesterday at Waikiki Beach.
Other commonly affected areas are Hanauma Bay, Pokai Bay, Makaha Surfing Beach and Waimea Bay.
Those who are allergic or do not want to be stung should stay out of the water, officials said.
Lifeguards will asses the beaches for box jellyfish during the alert period. Signs will be posted where jellyfish are found.
Anyone stung by jellyfish should flush the area with white vinegar. Lifeguard stations are equipped to treat this type of sting.
Comments sought on nominees
Chief Justice Ronald Moon is seeking public comment on nominees for District Court on the Big Island to succeed retired District Family Court Judge Ben Gaddis and District Judge Matthew Pyun, who will retire next Tuesday.
The Judicial Selection Commission chose these nominees to replace Pyun: Anthony K. Bartholomew, Philip M. Doi, Harry P.N.S. Freitas, Paul K. Hamano, Maura M. Okamoto and Lloyd Van De Car.
The commission also selected these nominees to replace Gaddis: Bartholomew, Doi, Freitas, Jerilynn Ono Hall, Okamoto and Van Der Car.
Comments must be postmarked, faxed or delivered no later than Friday to Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96813. The fax number is 539-4703.
Comments may be delivered to the Supreme Court clerk's office at 417 S. King St. All comments are confidential.
Nominees picked by Moon will be subject to Senate confirmation.
Dinner fundraiser to help church
More than 15 of Hawaii's top chefs and restaurants will contribute to the annual fundraising dinner "Dazzle," to benefit Central Union Church's preschool and kindergarten.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. April 13 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. A silent auction, live entertainment and dancing are scheduled.
Tickets are on sale, including the sponsorship of tables. Call Jessica Yamauchi at 946-4025, ext. 103.
Mid-Pacific gets $1,000 Siemens Foundation grant
will receive the 2006-2007 Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement.
The institute, one of 50 high schools in the nation to win the award, will get a $1,000 grant to support science and math education.
The Siemens Foundation honors one high school per state in recognition of the schools that are leading the nation in advanced placement participation and performance in science, math and technology.
The National Football League Charities awarded $5,000 to the Honolulu Armed Services YMCA to support the Operation Hero after-school program for elementary school children from military families on Oahu.
Kyle Park of the Hawaii Baptist Academy joined a select group of students this month at the People to People World Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. The students earned high school credit as they studied leadership and explored the nation's monuments and institutions.
Kilohana Elementary School on Molokai won the $500 prize for taking first place in the Hawaii Needs Care contest, sponsored by the Moanalua Garden Foundation. The Hawaii Network Learning Communities project "Mauka to Makai" focused on soil erosion, reforestation and the effects of animals on soil and vegetation.
Students from kindergarten to sixth grade were involved in the contest. One of their teachers, Shona Pineda, was selected Teacher of the Year by the foundation.
"Shining Stars" runs Mondays through Thursdays.
Police, Fire, Courts
"I'm afraid for her. The longest she ever went without calling me is three days."
Sister of 43-year-old Stacey Vida, pictured above
Woman afraid for lost sister
Family and friends of a missing Foster Village woman are posting her photograph in the neighborhood, seeking information on her whereabouts.
Stacey Vida, 43, was last seen by friends shortly after midnight March 3.
After attending a gathering that evening at a friend's house in Salt Lake, she was seen getting into a dark pickup truck driven by a man the friends did not recognize.
"I'm afraid for her," said her sister Waldean McCoy, who reported her missing on March 6. "The longest she ever went without calling me is three days."
Vida had an abusive boyfriend, McCoy said. "She was trying to get away from him. He scared her on Thursday," the day before she disappeared. McCoy said the boyfriend said he has not seen Vida.
Vida, who lived with her sister in a townhouse across from Radford High School, was a home caregiver but was not currently employed, McCoy said. She is Caucasian, 5 foot 2 inches tall, 140 pounds with hazel eyes and light brown hair.
Anyone with information on her is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.
Police ID victim of hit and run
Police traffic investigators have identified a 34-year-old Mountain View man who died Friday from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a vehicle that left the scene on North Kulani Road on the Big Island.
The victim was identified as Raymond L. Carvalho IV of Mountain View.
The victim was walking north on North Kulani Road, about a tenth of a mile north of Hawaii Belt Road, when he was struck by a vehicle at about 10:45 p.m., also traveling north.
The victim was transported to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:38 a.m. Saturday.
Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent-homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Police are looking for a Chevrolet vehicle with damage to the right headlight area. The vehicle might be blue in color. It is unknown if the vehicle is a sedan, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle.
Anyone with information regarding this crash or the identity of the driver and vehicle is asked to call officer Norbert Serrao at 961-8118 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers in Hilo at 961-8300 or in Kona at 329-8181.