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Land Board approves TMT permit


Hawaii News Digest, 29 September 2017, 0645 UTC, Post #15677.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/09/28/breaking-news/state-land-board-grants-construction-permit-for-thirty-meter-telescope/

Accessed on 29 September 2017, 0645 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii State Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has voted 5-2 to approve a conservation district use permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  That decision was opposed by environmentalists and Native Hawaiians who consider the mountain sacred.

DLNR chairperson, Suzanne Case, said the decision was difficult and complex:

“This was one of the most difficult decisions this board has ever made …The members greatly respected and considered the concerns raised by those opposed to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve.”

The new construction permit is subject to 43 environmental and cultural controls. Construction of the TMT is expected to provide jobs for more than 100 people, and “permanent jobs for as many as 140 workers” upon completion.

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A Brief Guide to Today’s Contested Case Hearing on TMT


Hawaii News Digest, 21 September 2017, 0200 UTC, Post #15627.

Source:

http://hawaiipublicradio.org/post/brief-guide-todays-conested-case-heraring.html?

Reporter:  Ku’uwehi Hiraishi (Hawaii Public Radio).

Accessed on 21 September 2017, 0200 UTC.

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Comment:

The final stages of the contested Thirty Meter Telescope hearing got underway Wednesday morning (20 September 2017) in Hilo.  Parties in the case made their final appeals before the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The BLNR will now make one of its most important decisions of the year-whether to issue a land permit to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.  Some native Hawaiian groups opposed to the TMT consider Mauna Kea sacred.

Kealoha Pisciotta, President of mauna Kea Anaina Hou, spoke against the proposed telescope, saying:

“We have made our compelling case. I’m concerned however that the hearing officer didn’t take into account actually almost anything from our witnesses and witness testimony. Here again we’re going to be going into this hearing trying to give this board a sense of what this hearing was actually about.”

Depending on the BLNR decision, the TMT case could go before the Hawaii State Supreme Court.

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Observatory signs new agreement with NASA


Hawaii News Digest, 09 September 2017, 1820 hrs, UTC. Post #15565.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/observatory-signs-new-agreement-nasa

Accessed on 09 September 2017, 1820 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

NASA says it will continue is productive relationship with the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.  The new five-year agreement takes effect on 01 March 2018 and will enable the Keck facility to support “next-generation” space-based missions, including the advanced James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in 2018.

Paul Hertz, NASA’s astrophysics division director, says the Keck facility has important work ahead:

“NASA’s continuing partnership with Keck will ensure that astronomers and planetary scientists can carry out important ground-based observations necessary for the success of NASA missions and their scientific objectives.”

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Mauna Kea astronomers confirm discovery of 2 Earth-sized planets


Hawaii News Digest, 10 August 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15415.

Source:

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/honolulu-star-advertiser/20170620/281509341182699

Accessed on 10 August 2017, 15:35 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Our knowledge of the universe expanded a bit on Monday when astronomers at the Keck Observatory atop Mauna Kea confirmed the discovery of “10 new planets that are near-Earth size and orbiting in their stars ‘Goldilocks Zone’-neither too hot nor too cold-where liquid water could exist.”  Two of the planets may be worthy of further study.  The current effort is part of the Kepler mission which is looking for “so-called exoplanets in a small swath of the constellation Cygnus.”

According to the Keck Observatory team, “This is a major new division in the family tree of planets, analogous to the discovery that mammals and lizards are distinct branches in the tree of life.”

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Amano recommends approval of TMT permit


Hawaii News Digest, 27 July 2017, 03:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15371.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/5699889.html

Accessed on 27 July 2017, 03:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Retired Hilo judge and TMT hearings officer, Rikki May Amano, has issued a 303-page recommendation to approve a land use permit for the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project atop Mauna Kea. The issue will now go to the Hawaii State Land Board for approval.  Opponents of the TMT say they will appeal to the Hawaii State Supreme Court if the Land Board approves the permit.

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Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — It could be a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.

Source: Walk in their shoes; Mayor-elect Kim says TMT proponents need to better understand those opposing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/walk-in-their-shoes-mayor-elect-kim-says-tmt-proponents-need-better-understand-those).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 16:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Hasslinger.

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Comment:

Hawaii County Mayor-elect Harry Kim says the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea could become “a symbol of unity, a structure that represents mankind’s desire to learn.”

But, that can only happen if there’s a little give and take from both sides of the issue.

Speaking before the Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise members Wednesday morning (12 October 2016), Kim said “You may have to change your way of how you approach the messenger…it’s a simple statement of ‘we were wrong…we will be better’…That’s where we must go.”

Kim added that TMT supporters should “put themselves in the shoes of an opponent of the project…” and “truly learn about the history and beliefs behind the opposition.”  Although the TMT can be a great learning tool, “remember that 99 percent of the people on this island, when they look at Mauna Kea, it’s not as a place of science, they look at it because… it’s part of their soul.”

According to Kim the way to resolve the contentious TMT issue is through “understanding and communication…you’re telling them you understand and you don’t know about the sacred ground, the people’s heritage.”

The $1.4 billion TMT project is in the middle of a second contested case hearing in Hilo.


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Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The six original petitioners in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case will represent themselves in hearings that start next week after their attorney withdrew as counsel, citing scheduling conflicts.

Source: Wurdeman withdraws from TMT case; 6 original patitioners will represent themselves | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/wurdeman-withdraws-tmt-case-6-original-petitioners-will-represent-themselves).

Accessed on 12 October 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The attorney representing six petitioners in the second TMT contested case hearing has withdrawn from the case, citing his caseload and “scheduling conflicts.” Wurdeman said he wouldn’t be able to participate in Monday’s status conference or the evidentiary hearings that will begin on Tuesday, 18 October 2016.

Kealoha Pisciotta, one of the contested case hearings petitioners, told reporter Tom Callis that she’s “disappointed hearings officer Amano did not change the schedule at his request”, adding she thinks “the timeline is getting too compressed.”

Before he left the TMT case, Wurdeman filed a motion asking that retired judge Riki May Amano be replaced as hearings officer.


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