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TMT response costing Hawaii County $50K daily

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 17
                                Law enforcement officers stood by to disperse opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope along Mauna Kea Access Road in July. Hawaii island Police Chief Paul Ferreira has said the county scaled back considerably on the number of officers it keeps on hand near the protest site.

    CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / JULY 17

    Law enforcement officers stood by to disperse opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope along Mauna Kea Access Road in July. Hawaii island Police Chief Paul Ferreira has said the county scaled back considerably on the number of officers it keeps on hand near the protest site.

Hawaii County police have spent nearly $4.2 million on overtime, fringe benefits and other costs so far in connection with 11 weeks of protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope, members of the Hawaii County Council were told Tuesday. Read more

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