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Land board to hear telescope arguments

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:18 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 2013

HILO » The state Board of Land and Natural Resources is meeting in Hilo to hear arguments on whether it should allow the world's largest optical telescope to be built at Mauna Kea's summit.

Board members are gathering at county council chambers today. They are listening to arguments in response to a hearing officer's report recommending that the board grant a permit for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Some Native Hawaiians are concerned a telescope would defile the mountain's sacred summit. Environmentalists are worried it would harm the rare wekiu bug.

The University of California, California Institute of Technology and the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy started the project. China, India and Japan have signed on to be partners.

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kaiakea wrote:
As a Native Hawaiian, I feel that the mountain is a sacred place, but so was all land. Building it can be done with respect not only for cultural legacy, but for the wekiu as well. It will also provide sorely needed jobs and monies to our local economy, and give our people here and abroad an unmatched opportunity to study the universe. If the building can be done right, it is a win-win, so it should go forward.
on February 12,2013 | 05:10AM
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