by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The federal government meanwhile has until January to respond to the complaint filed in Hawaii by the Guam Historic Preservation Office, We Are Guahan and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The suit challenges the military's plans to build a firing range complex adjacent to the historic village of Pagat, named one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites in America.
According to the summons issued for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Assistant Secretary of The Navy Jacqueline Pfannenstiel, as well as others from Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, the Joint Guam Program Office, the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy, they have 60 days to respond to the lawsuit. District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi has been assigned to conduct a scheduling conference on Monday, February 14, 2011.
Already attorneys Nicholas Yost and Matthew Adams, who have taken the case free of charge, have been granted their applications to appear and participate in the case in Hawaii. U.S. Department of Justice Public Affairs Officer Charles Miller told kuam in an e-mailed response that since the lawsuit was filed, the DoJ does not have any comment.
Miller added that once the government is served, the DoJ would ultimately respond to the suit in court.