By Jaryd Cline
The Sentinel 

Observatory demolition begins


October 3, 2018

Jaryd Cline

DOWN IT COMES: Contractors from Tapani Construction in Battle Ground tear down the Goldendale Observatory on Tuesday morning. Renovations of the Observatory are in Phase 3, which calls for the demolition of the entire facility except for the South Dome (pictured).

The long-awaited demolition of the Goldendale Observatory began yesterday after months of uncertainty of whether or not the project to continue renovating the observatory would continue after a state budget freeze back in 2017. The budget freeze halted thousands of various projects around the state.

"We wondered if there was going to be a project at all," Observatory Administrator Troy Carpenter said.

However, eight months ago in February, a new state budget was passed and the project continued.

"It was significant we were able to survive that," Carpenter said, noting that it's not uncommon to see projects canceled after budget issues.

Now in the third of a four-phase sequence, the So...

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