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Sanxiantai footbridge on Taitung coast to be closed for renovation
The landmark footbridge of the Sanxiantai (三仙台) scenic area on the coast of Taitung County will be closed for renovations for three and half months, starting on June 1, the Tourism Bureau said Monday.
 
'Looks like a job for special branch'
The fine for a Taitung local surnamed Hsieh and four others who were involved in the theft of NT$880,000 (US$29,000) worth of cinnamomum kanehirae logs, photographed here on Thursday, May 4, is out. All together the fine for the five-member party exceeds NT$43 million, with two members in particular receiving individual fines of nearly NT$10 million.
 
Fresh perspective
This photo capturing the natural green flash phenomenon in Taitung has been featured on the U.K.'s renowned "Atmospheric Optics" website. The photo, picked as the site's "Optic Picture of the Day," was displayed to numerous photography lovers worldwide. The picture was taken by Hualien-based physician Chen Jr-Shiung (陳志雄), who said he took the photo with an iPhone.
 
'Nothing to see here'
In this undated photo supplied by a local village warden, a wild pangolin nestles in a farmer's field in Taitung. After a local discovered the pangolin, curious neighbors quickly gathered to watch it dig a shelter to hide in.
 
Timber troubles
The Taitung District Prosecutors Office successfully broke into the "rats' den" and recovered a 3-meter long stout camphor tree log valued at over NT$1 million. Hsieh and the five other suspects in the case have been arrested under charges of theft, Monday, Feb. 20.
 
Before and after
This photo shows the mountain above the southbound railway in Taimali prior to the development plans that have rid the mountain of its trees in order to make room for a ginger farm.
 
Evil spirits get out!
Firecrackers explode around a person playing the local God of Wealth, Handan, in Taitung County in this undated file photo. The local tradition to "bomb God Handan" will be performed on three consecutive days starting today. The origins of the tradition can no longer be verified, but locals claim that the act was to show the bravery of Handan and to repel evil spirits.
 
Heightened risk for Taitung
Two workers repair the roof of a house in this file photo taken in Taitung.
 
Skipper severely injured in Taitung fishing boat explosion
A Taiwanese fishing boat captain was severely injured and two crew members sustained minor injuries on Saturday after their boat caught fire and exploded at Xingang Fishing Port (新港漁港) in eastern Taiwan's Taitung County, apparently while refueling.
 
Ecotravel tops agenda at aboriginal business forum
A second forum on business development in Taiwan's indigenous communities opened on Friday at the National Taitung University campus in the Jinfong Township of Taitung County, eastern Taiwan.
 
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