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GOSP takes dark sky message to county


Contributed, Bob Yoesle slide show

SHINING A LIGHT ON DARKNESS: Representatives from and supporters of the Goldendale Observatory showed up last Tuesday at the Klickitat County Commissioners meeting to press for compliance with dark sky policies. A slide from a presentation by Bob Yoesle shows the dramatic difference in night visibility between light spillage on the left and safe, dark-sky friendly lighting on the right. Concerns about safety and costs of dark-sky lighting were raised and addressed, with the group asserting safety could actually be enhanced and costs could be lessened with environmentally sound lighting.

The Goldendale Observatory State Park (GOSP) took its traveling dark-sky road show to the Klickiat County commissioners' meeting last week.

The Observatory is still seeking ways to effectively bring about uniform compliance with dark sky criteria in Goldendale and Klickitat County. While there are some mild ordinances in place, none has been routinely upheld or has substantive teeth for enforcement.

Representing the dark sky cause were Earlene Sullivan, Executive Director of the Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce; Goldendale amateur astronomer Bob Yoesle; David Ingram, Chairman, Darkskies Northwest in Kent; former Observatory Interpretive Host Steve Stout and current Observatory...

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