Now, thanks to the historical neglect in protecting its dark sky natural resource by the City of Goldendale and Klickitat County - along with indifference and opposition from local State Park personnel to dark sky education and advocacy for protection - the Goldendale Observatory State Park has achieved a singular distinction: it is the first and only Dark Sky Place ever to be decertified by the IDA:
The whole link is frustrating. Not just for the light pollution but in how the park staff and city seemed to want to get rid of the observatory, the park itself and kick the amateur astronomers completely out of any policy or process.
Link to a light pollution map where you can see the spread of light pollution around the observatory.
These kind of maps are always of interest to me. They show just how close we are to the edge. We, being those in urban centers, and the edge being wide open land. Everything about this screams "embrace a meritocracy" to me, but then, this only really works in places with a large enough population to have experts in these topics.