POSTED: Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Isle crash victim mourned in Idaho

CHUBBUCK, Idaho » The death of a young Idaho soldier in a helicopter accident in Hawaii has prompted an outpouring of grief and support from friends and acquaintances in southeastern Idaho.

Jonathan Bryce Millward, 28, of Chubbuck, Idaho, and Chief Warrant Officer Stanley Blane Hepfner, 29, of Hubbard, Ohio, died Wednesday when their two-seat OH-58D Kiowa Warrior went down on the landing strip at Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu.

Since then more than 70 people have posted comments on a Facebook page dedicated to Millward, including reminiscences of their encounters with the former Idaho State University student.

Millward joined the Army in 2006 and was assigned to Hawaii last year.

New leader coming to Fort Shafter

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general of U.S. Army Security Assistance Command at Fort Belvoir, Va., will be the next commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command and U.S. Army Hawaii at Fort Shafter.

He will replace Maj. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, who will become deputy chief of staff for the Army Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Ga.

Terry graduated from the University of Scranton, and his first assignment in 1979 was as a supply officer with the 25th Infantry Division. In 2001 he was selected to command the 64th Corps Support Group of the 13th Corps Support Command at III Corps. He was named the commanding general of 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Hood in Texas in 2005.

The 8th TSC is the command responsible for logistics in the Pacific Theater, providing food, bullets, maintenance, transport, engineering, personnel and military police support to war-fighters from Alaska to South Korea.

UH-Hilo building gets renovation

Construction is starting this summer on a $3.5 million renovation of Edith Kanakaole Hall at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, UH-Hilo said in a news release.

The project includes upgrading air conditioning, light fixtures and ceilings. Faculty offices and classrooms will also be painted.

The project is being done in four phases and is expected to be completed in December 2010.

Staff and faculty will be relocated to portable buildings during the construction.

The building opened in 1981.

Public can pick favorite architecture

The Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects is giving the public a chance to determine a winner in its third annual Peoples' Choice Award.

People can vote for one of 33 projects ranging from a mobile home of the future to the Amunde-Scott South Police Station to the Anara Spa extension at the Hyatt Poipu.

Online voting will take place through June 15 on the organization's Web site at www.aiahonolulu.org/peopleschoice. The winner of the award will be announced June 23 at the AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala.

For more information, visit the AIA Honolulu Web site at www.aiahonolulu.org or call 545-4242.

$4M ticketed for Kauai road, walls

Almost $4 million will be used to build new retaining walls and roadway pavement repairs for Kuhio Highway on Kauai.

The section of the highway that will see the improvements is in an area near Lumahai and Wainiha.

The existing wall dates back to the 1930s and was built of concrete rubble. It is crumbling, and the hillside has eroded as well. Storms have caused slides that have damaged the pavement and cut off vehicular access to the Lumahai area.

Gov. Linda Lingle released the funds on May 26.

The bulk of the money will pay for materials and labor, while $85,000 will be spent to buy two parcels of land from Bishop Estate to facilitate repairs of the failing retaining walls.

Construction is slated to begin in February.