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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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OHA trustee admits to ethics violations involving the Thirty Meter Telescope


Hawaii News Digest, 01 September 2017, 0615 hrs, UTC, Post #15521.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36268097/oha-trustee-admits-to-ethics-violations-involving-thirty-meter-telescope

Accessed on 01 September 2017, 0615 hrs.

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Comment:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Peter Apo will pay a $25,000 fine for “soliciting business from the Thirty Meter Telescope after publicly advocating for its construction.”

OHA Trustee Collete Machado said Apo’s behavior was a definite conflict of interest:

“That was the most shocking,” Machado said, referring to the Kaka’ako development issue. “For me, that was the biggest crossing (of the) line. I was so surprised.”

“Machado says the trustees will likely discuss further sanctions against Apo, who did not answer questions on Thursday, instead electing to issue a statement saying he never intended to violate the ethics code.”

“I accept responsibility for my errors,” read Apo’s statement. “I apologize to OHA beneficiaries and employees, and to my fellow OHA trustees.”

https://docs.google.com/gview?url=http://KHNL.images.worldnow.com/library/7d6841a9-ba74-4989-9f7b-fc8283b02fb5.pdf&embedded=true

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Hawaii News Digest, morning edition, 27 July 2017


Hawaii New Digest, 27 July 2017, 14:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15372.

Here are some of the stories making headlines on Hawaii Island for Thursday, 27 July 2017:

Smoke causes evacuation a Keck 2 telescope.

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/5700086.html

W.M. Keck Observatory spokeswoman Mari-Ela Chock reported smoke coming from a control room around 3 p.m. Wednesday.  The control room is housed separately from the main dome.  Fire units from the Pohakuloa Training Area responded to the fire and cleared the room of smoke.  The smoke was caused by an “electrical issue” with the control room’s air conditioning system.

Judge recommends BLNR approve TMT permit.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/26/breaking-news/judge-reccommends-contested-giant-telescope-for-permit

On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, Hearings Officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, recommended that a land use permit be granted to the Thirty Meter Telescope project atop Mauna Kea.  The decision now goes to the State Board and Land and Natural Resources, which will hold a public meeting before deciding on the permit application.  Opponents of TMT vow to continue the case in the Hawaii Supreme Court if the BLNR rules in favor of TMT.

Proposed liquor license fee increase could affect the price you pay for alcohol.

http://khon2.com/2017/07/26/proposed-liquor-license-fee-increase-could-affect-the-price-you-pay-for-alcohol/

Retail liquor licenses fees could double on Oahu once a new fee schedule takes effect.  For general restaurant and retail licenses, the license cost would increase to $800.  This is the first time in 12 years that the Honolulu Liquor Commission is proposing a fee increase.

Kauai man sentenced in monk seal harassment case.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/kauai-man-sentenced-for-monk-seal-harassment-case

Twenty-year-old Shylo Kaena Akuna of Lihue will serve a four-years sentence for harassing an endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal at Salt Pond Beach Park in Hanapepe, Kauai in April 2016.  Akuna also faces charges in an unrelated case involving an alleged burglary of a room at the Poipu Grand Hyatt Hotel in March 2017.

Tropical cyclones lose intensity far east of Hilo, Hawaii.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/26/weather-updates-greg-and-irwin-weaken-further-as-hilary-remains-a-category-2-hurricane/

Tropical storms Greg and Irwin are weakening far to the east of Hilo, Hawaii.  Greg, about 895 miles east of South Point on Hawaii Island, has weakened to a remnant low pressure system and is expected to break apart by Friday evening.  Tropical Storm Irwin, about 1,000 miles west-southwest of Baja, California, is moving west at 7 mph and is showing signs of losing strength.  Hurricane Hilary is about 600 miles south-southwest of the tip of Baja, California. Hilary remains a category 2 hurricane, but is slowing down and should lose strength over the next few days.

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Call to dismiss state’s legal counsel among pending TMT hearing motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Riki May Amano, hearings officer for the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case, will preside over another hearing Aug. 29 on pending motions, including a proposed protective order for Gov. David Ige and other state officials.

Source: Call to dismiss state’s legal counsel among pending TMT hearing motions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/call-to-dismiss-state-s-legal-counsel-among-pending-tmt-hearing-motions).

Accessed on 13 August 2016, 19:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

Friday, 12 August 2016, was another long day of motions and opinions regarding the delayed Thirty Meter Telescope project.  Hearings officer, retired judge Riki May Amano, met with parties in the dispute at the Hawaii Community College cafeteria and heard arguments to dismiss the state’s legal team and restart the permitting process again.

Plaintiff attorney Richard Wurdeman said a new conservation district use permit should be submitted because the TMT project is “now under a separate entity, the TMT International Observatory.”

Amano will preside over another hearing on 29 August 2016 on pending motions, including one that would exempt Hawaii Governor David Ige and other state officials from testifying in the contested case hearing.  Amano also indicated she will visit the proposed TMT site on Mauna Kea on 26 September 2016.  Amano said evidentiary hearings will be held this October.


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Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope contested case have filed a flurry of motions ahead of today’s meeting in Hilo, from declaring Mauna Kea sacred to ongoing challenges to Riki May Amano’s selection as hearings officer.

Source: Multiple motions filed in TMT case; hearing set for today | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/multiple-motions-filed-tmt-case-hearing-set-today).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 15:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The hearing will be held today, Friday, 05 August 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hilo YMCA.  This will be the first TMT hearing since retired judge Riki May Amano convened the first meeting on 17 June 2016.  At that hearing, judge Amano increased the number of people and groups participating in the TMT discussion from seven to twenty-five.

Excluding a site inspection on Mauna Kea for the proposed telescope, this hearing could be the last meeting before the evidentiary hearing begins, perhaps in October 2016.

Motions filed to date range from dismissing judge Amano as hearings officer to reasserting the rights of The Kingdom of Hawaii over all development on Mauna Kea.


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Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Sixty percent of Hawaii Island residents support building the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea, according to a new poll.

Source: Poll: 60 percent of isle residents support TMT construction | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/poll-60-percent-isle-residents-support-tmt-construction).

Accessed on 05 August 2016, 02:00 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

According to a poll commissioned by TMT International Observatory and conducted by Honolulu-based Ward Research, Inc., 60% of Hawaii Island residents support the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea.

Native Hawaiians and part Hawaiian remain divided on the TMT, with 46% in favor of the TMT and 45% opposed to the $1.4 billion project.

According to Ward Research, Inc., the biggest change was in the amount of people opposed to TMT.  In the previous poll conducted in October 2015, 39% of those surveyed were against TMT.  In this poll, that number dropped to 31% opposed to the TMT project.

TMT Executive Director Ed Stone said the results are “significant and we are most grateful that the community’s support of the project remains high.”  Stone hopes TMT construction begins by April 2018.


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Decommissioning plan questioned; Hawaiians, others oppose removal of UH-Hilo telescope | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Plans to remove Hoku Kea, the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s teaching telescope, from Mauna Kea are being delayed after a group of Native Hawaiians who support astronomy on the mountain and others urged officials to consider the impact to students.

Source: Decommissioning plan questioned; Hawaiians, others oppose removal of UH-Hilo telescope | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/decommissioning-plan-questioned-hawaiians-others-oppose-removal-uh-hilo-telescope/).

Accessed on 24 June 2016, 17:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Tom Callis.

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Comment:

The University of Hawaii-Hilo’s Hoku Kea telescope was scheduled to be removed last year in order to meet Governor David Ige’s ruling to “demolish” three telescopes before the Thirty Meter Telescope is completed. That idea remains on hold because members of “Perpetuating Unique Educational Opportunities”, a pro-TMT group of Hawaiians and other individuals, questioned the decision last month during an Office of Mauna Kea Management board meeting.

According to reporter Tom Callis, the pro-TMT group cited “the educational value of Hoku Kea for Hawaiians and other Hawaii Island residents if the broken 36-inch telescope is replaced as previously planned.”

In response to the request, the board decided to defer the decommissioning process of the observatory “until it hears more public input and a report from a Governor’s Office representative.”  According to reporter Tom Callis, “That effectively  postpones decommissioning.”

Meanwhile, plans to decommission and remove the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory are progressing.


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