Monthly Guest Spotlights

“Of all the things you can say about planning, one thing is certain: it can no longer be done by one person. And if you can determine what the planning problem is, then that determines the disciplines that must be involved in the solution to the problem.1” – Ian McHarg In an effort to recognize…

New CPDSC Informational Flyer

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative has an updated informational flyer that can be shared digitally or in printed format. Find a high quality version of the flyer here.

Dark Skies A Sign of The Times

by Jeff Pregler, AICP, Sierra Vista, AZ Originally posted on The Western Planner Part of the mystique of living in the western United States is the large expanses of undeveloped land and the seemingly pristine endless natural features.  In fact, many states often identify themselves by these features such as Montana’s Big Sky Country or…

New Dark Sky Assessment Guide

The Rural Planning Group, a project of Housing and Community Development in the Utah Community Development Office, created a wonderful Dark Sky Assessment Guide for communities interested in dark sky protections. Check it out here! (http://www.ruralplanning.org/assets/dark-sky-assessment-guide—web.pdf) For more information please visit the Utah Community Development Office website at http://www.ruralplanning.org/ or contact Aubrey Larsen at aubreychristensen@utah.gov.  …

Embracing the Night

by Kelly Bastone Originally posted on Mountain Magazine Communities across the Colorado Plateau are determined to preserve one of America’s last patches of uncorrupted darkness. AS A KID, BETTYMAYA FOOTT’S FAVORITE BED WAS HER BACKYARD TRAMPOLINE. LYING THERE, HER DROWSY EYELIDS WOULD FLUTTER OPEN TO SEE THE STARS AND THE UNPOLLUTED DARKNESS ABOVE MOAB, UTAH. “THAT…

NASA DEVELOP Map of Light Pollution on the Colorado Plateau

Check out this great video about the new map of light pollution on the Colorado Plateau that NASA DEVELOP created for the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative. The team is utilizing NASA Earth Observations from Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) Visible Infrared Image Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Day-Night Band (DNB) to model the artificial light pollution…

Debate team holds mock congress at League of Women Voters Event

By: by Rose Egelhoff Originally posted on The Times-Independent The League of Women Voters collaborated with the Grand County High School debate team to host an informational speech and mock congress on Nov. 13. The informational speech informed audience members about the use of light ordinances in protecting dark skies. In the mock congress, students debated a…

Darkness is worth protecting in the upper Ogden Valley

By: STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD Featured Image by: BENJAMIN ZACK/Standard-Examiner “Stars shine over the Northern Wasatch Mountains above North Fork Park in Eden. The park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Such a designation is rare for a location so close to an urban area. The glow from the lights of Ogden…

Helper as heart of darkness? Could be good idea

Originally posted on the Sun Advocate By: John Serfustini, Sun Advocate Editor   If anyone should ask you how many public light fixtures there are in Helper, you can answer that there are 487 of them. Then you can add that 375 of them are on all night. But wait, there’s more. There are also data…