MOTHER NATURE KEEPS US BUSY This week has been filed with enough stories to keep any news person busy. For those of us on Hawaii Island, what was left of Tropical Storm "Fernanda" didn't create any disturbance other than a few windward showers and some higher than normal surf along the southeast shore. My heart goes out to those facing the trial of Hurricane "Irene"--this looks like a very nasty storm. It's good to see many people are preparing ahead of time for the storm's arrival or leaving the danger area before high winds begin. I expect amateur radio operators are gearing up for whatever Nature throws at them. Having experienced several hurricanes and tsnuamis in Hawaii, I know these developments should not be ignored. It always amazes me that there are those who choose to ride out the storm rather than "get out of dodge". I suppose it's a personal decision, but why tempt fate? For us in Hawaii County, the passing of "