From The Associated Press:

Opponents of a plan to build the world’s largest optical telescope at the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano are appealing their case in the state courts.

Environmental groups and petitioners say building the Thirty Meter Telescope will harm the mountain’s natural resources, undermine its scenery and destroy areas of historic importance.

Kealoha Piscottia, president of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, one of the groups, said last month that she and others appealing aren’t opposed to astronomy.

Piscottia said that she worked as a telescope operator for 12 years and many of the others filing the appeal are either amateur astronomers or related to amateur astronomers. Read the full story.

And here’s the latest in other neighbor isle gov’t and politics:

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Young Brothers: Molokai saw increase in agricultural cargo

Opponents appeal permit for Mauna Kea telescope


Photo courtesy Navin75.

—Chad Blair