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By Pat Muir
The Yakima Herald 

Park loses dark sky status


April 26, 2017

With a $1.5 million state-funded renovation set to begin next month and a newly reconfigured telescope that gives visitors much better views of the night sky, things are looking up at Goldendale Observatory State Park. So why was it quietly dropped from the International DarkSky Association’s list of Dark Sky Parks late last year? That’s kind of complicated. The Dark Sky Park designation, bestowed on the park in 2010 after a yearlong effort from the nonprofit group Friends of the Goldendale Observatory, made it unique in Washington. There are no other Dark Sky Parks in the state, and only 33 others in the country. So it’s a badge of honor, designating the place as one of the country...

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