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By Akasha Spino-Bybee
For The Sentinel 

Light wars: battle for the night sky

 

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POINTS OF LIGHT: The new lights around the Klickitat County courthouse have drawn attention from disparate parts of the country and even the world. Few in the insular local community realize how prominent an issue night skies are in other areas.

"When the night has come,

"And the land is dark,

"And the moon is the only light we see..."

-"Stand By Me"

Under the conditions described in Ben E. King's song, Goldendale is the place you want to be, having been designated one of 20 Dark Skies parks in the world (15 in the United States), ranking Silver-Tier. That means we've got one of the best views of the stars. With recent controversy over the city's ordinance and the lights recently installed at the courthouse, though, you could tell there's a battle over the night sky.

According to Gordon Kelsey, Klickitat County Public Works Director, Klickitat County was granted $68,000 from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Hi...



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