Stargazers eye the nation's first dark sky reserve in Idaho

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By Keith Ridler, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Tourists heading to central Idaho will be in the dark if local officials get their way. The first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States 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. "We know the night sky has inspired people for many thousands of years," said John Barentine, program manager at the Tucson, Arizona-based International Dark-Sky Association. "When they are in a space where they can see it, it's often a very profound experience." Supporters say excess artificial light causes sleeping problems for people and disrupts nocturnal wildlife and that a dark sky can...

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