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State extends contract for giant telescope hearings officer

(Image: Thirty Meter Telescope/file) (Image: Thirty Meter Telescope/file)

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The state has extended its contract with a retired Hilo Circuit Court judge to oversee the contested-case proceedings for the Thirty Meter Telescope.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that hearings officer Riki May Amano's contract had been set to expire June 30 but will be extended through the end of the year, assuming the proceedings aren't finished by then. Her maximum compensation will also be increased from $200,000 to $350,000.

The hearings for the project's land-use permit to build a giant telescope atop Mauna Kea wrapped up testimony March 2. The testimony began in October and involved 71 witnesses.

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources has spent more than $316,000 for the contested case in Hilo so far.

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