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Sean replied 2 months ago

What do you want to know about Dark Skies in the Western Slope?

Later this week, we'll be sharing our latest episode of Mo-Town Knows, our conversation series and podcast where we interview local stakeholders about the news in Montrose. 

Up this week: Dark Skies and the movement in the Western Slope. We've had many conversations in the past on NABUR about interest in Montrose around Dark Skies, so we'd like to give a condensed briefer on the subject to answer any questions you might have. 

We'll be interviewing a few local leaders in the Dark Sky movement. Do you have any questions for them? Anything you'd like to see done in Montrose? Any question about the meaning of Dark Skies, or opportunities to get involved? Comment below and we'll be sure to answer. 

Added 3/11:
C. liked a month ago

Dark Skies friends! Curecanti National Recreation Area just was certified as an International Dark Sky Park. Here is the announcement:

The National Park Service and the International Dark Sky Association proudly announce Curecanti National Recreation Area as an International Dark Sky Park. This certification recognizes the exceptional quality of Curecanti’s night skies and the opportunities to enhance visitor experiences through astronomy-based interpretive programming. Curecanti is the first National Recreation Area to be certified under this program.

“There is a deep appreciation for dark skies in this community,” said Curecanti Superintendent Deanna Greco. “The National Park Service is strongly invested in their preservation, interpretation, and protection.”

Many partners supported Curecanti in the certification process including the towns of Gunnison and Lake City, the Gunnison Valley Observatory, the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, Western Colorado University, and the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative.

“This designation emphasizes how special the dark skies of the Gunnison Valley are and how important it is to preserve this natural resource,” said Dr. M. Suzanne Taylor, president of the Gunnison Valley Observatory Board of Directors. Curecanti continues to work with its partners in developing future dark sky experiences for visitors.

In support of dark sky conservation at Curecanti park rangers present astronomy programs at the Elk Creek campground and the Gunnison Valley Observatory. Children are encouraged to participate in the junior ranger night explorer program from home or by obtaining a booklet at the Elk Creek Visitor Center.

The International Dark Sky Places Program was founded in 2001 as a non-regulatory and voluntary program encouraging communities, parks, and protected areas around the world to preserve and protect dark... (More)

Aleta liked 8 months ago

Costs of dark sky compliant lighting


There was no cost difference between the 2700 Kelvin LEDS (golden) that DMEA installed in Paonia and a 4000 Kelvin standard LED (blue-white).  The latter color is common in Montrose and is considered outdated now with respect to dark skies.

There may have been an additional cost associated with the shielding that Paonia used, but the difference in Color Temperature was zero.



Bryan replied a year ago

Montrose Lighting Ordinance

Here is a link to the Montrose Lighting ordinance (dated 2013)

The most pertinent sections are 4-13-3 - Standards and 4-13-5 - Lighting plan required