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Presentation given to the Ellensburg WA City Council, Wednesday, August 20th 2008
Thanks to Michael Pearson for making this available

Wednesday, August 27th 2008
Peninsula Daily News .: Sequim Washington moves to take back night sky

Clark, 59, a retired Teamsters Union negotiator, has been urging the Sequim City Council to adopt a "dark skies" resolution that, to his mind, could save the moon, the stars — and people's privacy and health.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz, Peninsula Daily News

February 20th, 2008
Washington Post.: Lights at Night Are Linked to Breast Cancer

Women who live in neighborhoods with large amounts of nighttime illumination are more likely to get breast cancer than those who live in areas where nocturnal darkness prevails.

By Rick Weiss staff writer

March 9th, 2003
Tri-City Herald Online.: Defending the dark

Benton County WA moves to protect the night sky.

By Nathan Isaacs Herald staff writer

January 13th, 2003
The Herald of Everett, Wash.: Night sky's wonders becoming endangered

By Julie Muhlstein Herald Columnist

July 2nd, 2002
The City of Sandy Oregon passes a dark skies ordinance!

WHEREAS, the people who live in and near Sandy value the natural environment, including the beauty and high quality of the night sky...

Click here to view the ordinance.(54k Acrobat PDF file)

June 27th, 2002
Seattle Times June 27th: Lights will dim earlier at selected city parks

Bowing to pressure from some neighborhood groups, the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation plans to turn off lights earlier at some athletic fields around the city.

June 19, 2002

Hailey Idaho Outdoor Lighting Ordinance. The ordinance is the second of its kind in the Wood River Valley, and is devoted to safety, energy conservation, and the preservation of one of our most cherished natural resources - the view of the pristine Idaho night sky... READ MORE

May 28th, 2002
With the encouragement of Dark Skies Northwest, Seattle's DCLU (Department of Design, Construction and Land Use) has adapted changes to Seattle's ordinances that will help to control light pollution. The details of the changes will posted soon.

May 28th, 2002
Seattle Times Editorial: City Shouldn't be so eager to light up urban habitats. By Lauren Braden and Marilyn Sandall.

May, 2002
Field lighting plan misleading By Bruce Weertman SEATTLE SUN - VOL. 6, ISSUE 5, MAY 2002

Seattle is going to create a glare and light nuisance if it continues on its plans to light Lower Woodland Park Playfield No. 1 to a class III lighting level.

April 25th, 2002
Bright Night By Eric Scigliano, Seattle Weekly

Article about the sports lighting controversy in Seattle

April 20th, 2002  
Science News April 20th, 2002

Seattle, poster child of light pollution, made it onto the cover of the April 20th edition of Science News Magazine.

The edition contained an nice article titled Deprived of Darkness, by Ben Harder.

Image reprinted with permission from SCIENCE NEWS, the weekly newsmagazine of science, copyright 2002 by Science Service Inc.

Another interesting light pollution related Science News article was published Oct. 17th,1998 - Night Lights and Cancer

March, 2002
Rosylyn, WA. Trendwest/Morningstar Master Planned Resort, agree to addopt IDA E1 environmental zoning. See

1.15.3 Trendwest shall use the International Dark Sky Association ("IDA") Zone EI standards for the MPR and UGA. The IDA Zone EI standards are recommended for "Areas with intrinsically dark landscapes. Examples are national parks, areas of outstanding natural beauty, areas surrounding major astronomical observatories, or residential areas where inhabitants have expressed a strong desire that all light trespass be strictly limited." Trendwest shall incorporate the standards described in this Paragraph 1.15.3 in its MPR and UGA Design Guidelines and/or Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.

March 27th, 2002
Calgary Sheds New Light On Environmental Stewardship: Launch of EnviroSmart Streetlights Retrofit Project

The City of Calgary is highlighting its concern for the environment by launching the EnviroSmart Streetlights Project today in Northwest Calgary. Work crews will begin retrofitting The City's old dropped lens cobrahead residential streetlights with new, lower wattage flat lens fixtures. New street lights will save money and reduce energy use by a factor of two!

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October 17th, 2001
Graveyard shifts may raise risk of breast cancer By Warren King Seattle Times medical reporter

Women who work graveyard shifts may have an increased risk of breast cancer, a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center shows...

August 8th, 2001
Study: Lights dimming view of Milky Way (AP news Article)

A flood of artificial light has left two thirds of Americans unable to see the bright band of the Milky Way at night, according to a new study of the global effects of light pollution.

Scientific study article (Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society) can be read here. (PDF)

August 2nd, 2001
Bright Lights, Big City? Not Ideally

In a study of unprecedented scope funded by the California Energy Commission, lighting designer Nancy Clanton is researching outdoor lighting and the impression it leaves on people.
Her preliminary finding? They often think less is more, and better.

July, 2001
City of Shoreline, WA moves towards a more effective outdoor lighting code

July, 2001
City of Redmond, WA adopts a more effective outdoor lighting code

Feburary 21st, 2001
City Could Save On Energy Bill By Turning Off Its Own Lights - WEST SEATTLE HERALD, Vol. 83 No. By Terrence M. McCosh, Fauntleroy

November 15th, 2000
Lighting Up the Ecosphere

Using satellite images of city lights at night, NASA scientists are mapping the spread of urban areas around the globe and monitoring their impact on our planet's ecosystem