Tribal group tries again to save mountain

  When Congress gave the University of Arizona a go-ahead to ignore environmental studies and build its third and largest telescope on Mount Graham, construction crews jumped into action (HCN, 5/13/96). Now, an obscure federal advisory group says builders moved too quickly and possibly illegally.

According to the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Forest Service was required to consider the cultural significance of the site before the building began. An Apache tribe considers Mount Graham sacred and the advisory council says the site may qualify for the National Register of Historic Places.

University of Arizona Vice President Michael Cusanovich scoffs at the threat: "The telescope is under construction. If they employ this strategy at this late date it would not in any way affect us."

Coronado Forest Supervisor John McGee would not comment on the allegations: "I can't keep track of all these damn lawsuits."

*Heather Abel

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