- Sept. 2007 - MGIO Forest Service Lease up for Renewal
The Mt. Graham International Observatory sits on publicly owned land - specifically Forest Service land. MGIO holds a lease to that land, which needs to be renewed periodically and is up for renewal in Fall of 2008. Please contact the Coronado Nat'l. Forest and let them know it's time to deny the MGIO lease and revegetate the top of the tallest and only Sky Island with the endangered (especially with global warming) spruce/fir life-zone.
(520) 388-8300 -- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sept. 2007 - LBT Still not Functional after 100's of Millions of Dollars
After more than 20 years and hundreds of Millions of dollars of Univ. of AZ money, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), the mainstay of the Mt. Graham International Observatory, is still not functional. In two separate accidents the smaller secondary mirrors needed to complete the scope were broken.
- Regents Face Tests on
Editorial by Dwight Metzger of the Mount Graham Coalition urging the
University of Minnesota's Regents to review their involvement with
the telescope project. From the University of Minnesota Daily, June 15, 2005.
- White Mountain
Apache Chairman Urges UofM Regents to Divest
On June 8, 2005, the Chairman of the White Mountain Apache
tribe, Dallas Massey Sr., sent a letter to the Regents of the University
of Minnesota. In the letter, Chairman Massey takes a University vice
president to task for writing a memo that completely misrepresented the issue and
calls upon the regents to divest from the telescope.
- Leafleting at American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting
On June 1, 2005, Mount Graham Coalition and Preservation Alliance
members leafleted outside the biannual meeting of the AAS in Minneapolis.
The issue also got a front page article in the local alternative weekly (see below).
Star Struck: the Astronomical Abuse of Indigenous Sacred Sites
Original version of an article written by Joel Helfrich (MGPA),
Dwight Metzger (MGC), and Michael Nixon (MGC's Lawyer) on the occasion
of the biannual meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in
Minneapolis. An edited version appears as the cover article in the
June 1, 2005 Pulse of the Twin Cities.
San Carlos Apache Oppose Microwave
Towers on Mt. Graham
January 31, 2005 letter from the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council
to the Supervisor of Coronado National Forest
Yavapai-Apache Nation Stance On Dzil Nchaa Si'An
January 26, 2005 letter to the Supervisor of Coronado National Forest
- University Should Divest from Observatory
The Minnesota Daily published a letter by Mount Graham Coalition Lawyer Michael Nixon on October 25, 2004.
San Carlos Rejects UA Proposal
On April 13, 2004, the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council rejected $120,000 of
education assistance from the Univerisities of Minnesota and Virginia
offered as "compensation" for the telescope.
From the April 18, 2004 Eastern Arizona Courier.
- University of Minnesota Students Organize the
Mount Graham Preservation Alliance, Launch Divestment Campaign.
During Fall Semester of 2004, U of M students organized a registered
student group whose mission is to get the U of M off of Mount Graham. They recently
discovered that the U of M can legally break its contract with the LBT project and
get all of its money back if the telescope is not finished by June 30, 2005.
They can be reached at email@example.com.