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Board defers decision on lease extension for Mauna Kea telescopes

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:36 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013

The state Land Board Friday deferred a decision on the University of Hawaii request to extend leases that allow telescopes on Mauna Kea for another 45 years, through 2078.

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources heard testimony on the request today in Honolulu but had to defer the decision due to a loss of quorum.

The university is asking to extend leases for more than 11,000 acres.

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kailua000 wrote:
Really, there is even a question about this? The University telescopes bring positive national attention to the isles (unlike our football team, h.s. drop out rate, and pregnancy rates) Don't try to twist the arm of the university for more money, just extend the lease.
on November 9,2013 | 05:17AM
eleu808 wrote:
The lease should be on a month to month basis. The lease should be 51% of all profits the telescopes generate per month. The present one dollar a year is an insult to the people of Hawaii. These telescopes charge thousands per night. The proposed one million a year hush money from future developers is a joke. The dollar is crashing. The state should be making a majority percentage of all profits.There also should be a ban on all use of dynamite and bulldozers on these conservation lands. To allow future construction will set precedent to dynamite and bulldoze other conservation lands in Hawaii.
on November 9,2013 | 01:01PM
LizKauai wrote:
The telescopes are a world resource and provide tremendous benefit to all of humankind.
on November 9,2013 | 02:24PM
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