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Sandra Dawson

The TMT Observatory Corp.’s manager of Hawaii community affairs can see the starlight at the end of the telescope

By Mark Coleman

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

~~<p>Sandra Dawson has been shepherding plans for the Thirty Meter Telescope through Hawaii's regulatory labyrinth for the past five years, and now, pending resolution of one last appeal, construction of the estimated $1.4 billion astronomy endeavor near the top of Mauna Kea is poised to begin.</p>
<p>Final approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources came in April, and the University of Hawaii, which leases the mountaintop land from the state land board and hosts a dozen other telescopes up there as well, now is negotiating with the TMT Observatory Corp. about how much it should charge TMT to sublease.</p>
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Sandra Dawson has been shepherding plans for the Thirty Meter Telescope through Hawaii's regulatory labyrinth for the past five years, and now, pending resolution of one last appeal, construction of the estimated $1.4 billion astronomy endeavor near the top of Mauna Kea is poised to begin.

Final approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources came in April, and the University of Hawaii, which leases the mountaintop land from the state land board and hosts a dozen other telescopes up there as well, now is negotiating with the TMT Observatory Corp. about how much it should charge TMT to sublease. Login for more...



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