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Must be public radio…there are totebags!

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Goldendale Community Radio Shared Values Statement & Definitions–Yours, mine, ours….

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KVGD-LP SHARED VALUES (CONTRIBUTED BY OUR MEMBERS) - Any code of ethics is built on a foundation of widely shared values. Goldendale Community Radio’s Shared Values are: Accountability, Aspiration (Quality), Camaraderie, Cheerfulness, Commitment, Community, Compassion, Competence, Cooperation (Teamwork), Creativity (Ingenuity & Resourcefulness), Dedication, Diversity, Encouragement, Equity, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity, Openness, Optimism, Respect, Responsibility, Tolerance and Recognition of the Best in Others.

Defining these shared values:

Accountability - Obligation or willingness to accept responsibility

Aspiration (Quality) - A strong or persistent desire for high achievement

Camaraderie - Goodwill and lighthearted rapport between or among friends

Cheerfulness - The quality of being cheerful and dispelling gloom

Commitment - Being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person or persons

Community - Sharing, participation, and fellowship with others

Compassion - Deep awareness of the suffering of others coupled with the wish to relieve it

Competence - The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified

Cooperation (Teamwork) - The willing association and interaction of a group of people to accomplish a goal

Creativity (Ingenuity & Resourcefulness) - Inventive skill or imagination, and the ability to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations

Dedication - Selfless devotion of energy or time

Diversity - A point of respect in which things differ; variety

Encouragement - The act of incitement to action or to practice

Equity - The state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial, and fair

Fairness - Consistent with rules, logic, or ethics

Honesty - Fairness and straightforwardness of conduct

Integrity - Strict adherence to moral values and principles

Openness - Ready accessibility

Optimism - A bright, hopeful view and expectation of the best possible outcome

Respect - Polite attitude shown toward someone or something that you consider important

Responsibility - That for which someone is responsible or answerable

Tolerance - Recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others

Friends of the Goldendale Observatory’s Outdoor Lighting Proposal presented by Anna Graham at City Council on Monday, Aug. 3

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Goldendale Community Radio is looking for a volunteer to attend the Goldendale City Council Meeting on Monday, August 3rd at 7pm to record the Friends of the Goldendale Observatory’s Outdoor Lighting Proposal presented by Anna Graham. The Radio Station has a digital audio recorder available to loan out. kvgd (at) kvgd (dot) info if you can help. Thanks!

Anna Graham will be introduced by Goldendale Chamber of Commerce’s outgoing Executive Director, Earlene Sullivan. The lighting proposal will cover how the public benefits from improved lighting standards. Revision by the current Council would bring 2015 changes to the 37 year old lighting ordinance. The lighting ordinance currently on the City’s books has been described as “outdated, confusing, vague.” Anna Graham plans to explain to Council members the reasons why the current lighting ordinance as it exists is not enforceable by today’s lighting standards. The proposed changes to the ordinance would bring the City’s lighting code requirements into the 21st century, taking into account changes in lighting technology that have occurred over the past four decades.

Council members have heard before how the Observatory is a destination for tourists. During April through September from Wednesday to Sunday each week when the Park is open to visitors, the flow is steady. People are drawn here to experience one of the few publicly accessible large-scale telescopes in North America. According to Earlene Sullivan, commercial enterprises of all kinds benefit from these destination travelers, not just the fueling stations, but also grocery stores, restaurants and hotels.

The International Dark Sky Park Silver Tier award granted to the five acre State Park Observatory, has helped popularize Goldendale as a place where amateur astronomers of all ages come to see the stars. It is common knowledge among local dark skies’ enthusiasts that the IDA designation may be withdrawn if the slow erosion of Goldendale’s dark skies continues through the effects of increased light pollution. While the Chamber of Commerce and local citizens have presented the case for preserving dark skies to the City Council twice during the past year, other Council matters have superseded consideration of changes to the lighting ordinance until now.

During last spring’s presentation to the Council, members were informed that negative comments made by visitors to the Observatory have been increasing in frequency due to excessive brightness of Goldendale’s unshielded commercial lighting such as that seen at the Highway 97 north entrance to the City. While a few comments by unhappy stargazers may not seem to be of much importance, they are a concern when considering that the International Dark Sky Park Silver Tier status may be re-evaluated by the IDA. If the trend continues, the Park’s preferred status could be downgraded, or even de-listed.

Members of Friends of Goldendale Observatory and the Chamber of Commerce are working to prevent that from happening by asking the Council during regular session to consider revisiting the Lighting Ordinance. Supporters of dark skies and the Observatory are invited to show support and attend Anna Grahams’ presentation on Monday, August 3, 7PM in the Council Chambers.

More information about the Goldendale Observatory Park’s designation is online at