Idaho hopes to bring stargazers to US dark sky reserve

Leaders in Ketchum, Sun Valley, Stanley and a conservation group have been working for several years to apply this fall to designate 1,400 square miles in central Idaho as a reserve.

Idaho hopes to open the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States this year, which would require lights-out ordinances in several towns.The reserve would fill a chunk of the state's sparsely populated region that contains night skies so pristine that interstellar dust clouds are visible in the Milky Way.Researchers say 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky. Central Idaho contains one of the few places in the contiguous United...