By Bob Yoesle
For The Sentinel 

Courthouse lights violate county's own ordinance


Contributed: Bob Yoesle

Earthglow from the courthouse: The new lights around the county courthouse in Goldendale are spilling fresh glow into the night sky.

Forty years ago amateur astronomers at Clark College in Vancouver built one of the largest telescopes available for public use in the nation. The telescope was located near a small rural town called Goldendale, instead of in the Portland/Vancouver area, in order to get away from the detrimental effects of light pollution and allow the telescope to operate to its full potential. Despite its rural location, the Goldendale Observatory attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year from Oregon and Washington and across the nation.

Thirty-five years ago, Klickitat County and Goldendale developed some of the first ordinances to protect the observatory from the ill effects of light pollution...

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