County’s mauna costs near $5M

HILO — Hawaii County has spent nearly $5 million on expenses relating to the standoff at Maunakea Access Road, but reimbursement should be coming soon.

Plea deal is offered to arrested TMT protesters

HILO — The state Attorney General’s Office has offered a plea deal to protesters who were arrested in July for blocking Maunakea Access Road that would dispose of their cases if each pays a $100 fine.

THINK Fund surpases 100-scholarship milestone

A fund established by the Thirty Meter Telescope that awards scholarships to Big Island science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, students has granted more than 100 scholarships during the past four years.

Maunakea VIS face-lift complete

A million-dollar renovation at the Maunakea Visitor Information Station has been completed for months now, but nobody has been able to experience it yet.

Ethics Board quizzes Roth on possible TMT conflict

HILO — Armed with a letter from county Corporation Counsel Joe Kamelamela, an oral assurance from the state attorney general and his own understanding of the law based on readings provided by the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel, county Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth told the Board of Ethics on Wednesday he’s confident there would be no conflict of interest if he prosecuted protesters arrested on Maunakea.

Ethics Board to weigh in on TMT conflict question

HILO — When your son works for NASA, and your wife works for Subaru Telescope, does that mean you have a conflict of interest if your office prosecutes criminal cases arising from protests over constructing the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea?

Mostly mum on Maunakea

KAILUA-KONA — For close to three months, Hawaii Island residents, as well as activists, celebrities, and politicians at all levels, have voiced their views on whether the Thirty Meter Telescope should be built on Maunakea.

Cost grows to $8.3M in policing Maunakea

HONOLULU — The state and counties have spent at least $8.3 million on law enforcement costs related to the Thirty Meter Telescope standoff on Maunakea that began in mid-July.