By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's land board is urging the state Supreme Court to quickly dismiss an appeal by opponents of a proposed telescope on a dormant Big Island volcano that is viewed as sacred by some Native Hawaiians.
State lawyers say in a motion that the appeal filed last week is premature because no decision has been made on whether the Thirty Meter Telescope will receive a construction permit. They say dismissing the appeal is of "statewide importance."
Contested-case hearings are underway for the permit to build the telescope on Mauna Kea. Opponents are appealing various decisions, including time limits for parties to question witnesses.
Permit applicant University of Hawaii also wants the appeal dismissed. The university's motion suggests the court appoint someone to oversee the case. TMT International Observatory joins the motion.