$7.7 Million Spent Not to Clear Road to Telescope

THE BIG ISLAND (Ben Caxton) — According to figures released by the Hawai`i Attorney General’s office the state, and county of Hawai`i spent more than $7.7 million not to clear protesters from the lone highway to the summit of Mauna Kea. Groups have been blocking the road since July when final approval was given after 10 years of legal battles to build a new telescope at the summit of the mountain. The figure does not include additional money paid out by the Department of Land and Natural Resources, which also has had its officers at the scene continually.

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