From The Garden Island:

Overall sequestration efforts by the Department of Defense will affect up to 13 percent of employees at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kekaha, who will have an additional 11 days off from now until mid-September.

PMRF Public Affairs Matthew Diendorf said the facility employs about 1,000 people, including about 800 contractors, 70 military and 130 government employees.

“The furlough affects the roughly 130 government service employees,” said Diendorf.

He added that a handful of these employees, who are considered to be in “mission-critical duties,” may not be subject to the furlough based on the nature of their jobs, such as base security. Read the full story.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t and politics:

Big Isle farmers divided over GMO bill

Expanded danger zone fronting Kekaha shooting range

Pahoa High leads in misconduct

Eiwa Street closed at Rice Street junction starting July 15

Judge rules for Haleakala Ranch as trail case proceeds

Maui Water Rates to increase average of 5 percent in July

Kohala aquaculture company gets second international patent

Kauai’s Heu to retire in 4 months

Hale Hoola Hamakua, others drill for disaster

Ellison’s purchase of second Hawaii airline still a go!

—Chad Blair…

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