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By Guest Editorial Bob Yosele
Friends of the Goldendale Observatory 

State Parks, Chamber unconcerned about dark sky


Being designated as a Dark Sky Place requires “active participation in ongoing efforts to garner robust community support for dark sky protection” and that “participants serve as a beacon in their community for stewardship and passionate advocacy for the night sky.” After decades of non-protection, the Goldendale Observatory State Park is in even greater need of passionate advocacy for the safeguarding of its increasingly vulnerable night sky vistas. Washington State Parks has shown it is not up to the task.

As an amateur astronomer I thought I’d made a prudent choice to live near the small town of Goldendale. Home to a famous observatory, it had some of the country’s first li...

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