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To darken the skies

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We are such wasteful creatures. We have electricity at such reasonable costs that we feel the need to shine our light everywhere, and turn night to day, even to the point of blotting out the night sky. Can a child in Wenatchee or East Wenatchee gaze out their window and wish upon a star? Not likely. They may not have seen many.

As such it was very good to see the Chelan County PUD retrofitting field lights at Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park with hoods and reflectors to shine light on the field, not up at the sky. Its a small step to reduce light pollution. This is added to efforts by Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, in places like Winthrop, to replace street lights with LED fixtures approved by the Dark Sky anti-light pollution organization. There are similar efforts recently by the Chelan County PUD in Wenatchee. More, please.

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