BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The Baker County Planning Commission has turned down a proposed "dark sky" ordinance.

The proposal was submitted to the commission by the son of an astronomer. It sought to limit the use of outdoor lighting at night -- to conserve energy and help people see the stars.

But farmers, ranchers and most others at last week's packed meeting opposed the idea.

Mac Kerns told the commission that restrictions on the use of lights around his farm near Haines would disrupt essential night work during the potato harvest.

Kevin Culver, meanwhile, told the commission he moved east from Portland in part to get away from intrusive government regulation. He added that outside lighting discourages thieves.

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Information from: Baker City Herald, http://www.bakercityherald.com/

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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