Climate change threatens Coachella Valley, Palm Springs tourism, study says

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Climate change threatens Coachella Valley, Palm Springs tourism, study says
Climate change threatens Coachella Valley, Palm Springs tourism, study says

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is one of the most famous music festivals in the world and is also amongst the most profitable, grossing an impressive $114.6 million in 2017, which set a record for the first recurring festival franchise to earn over $100 million. Coachella, Stagecoach and the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament are attractions that have drawn millions to the Coachella Valley over the years, but scientists warn that this could change as extreme heat becomes a dangerous reality.

The Coachella Valley is a desert region in southern California with virtually zero annual rainfall and an annual average temperature of 22.8°C, which makes it a desirable destination for those seeking year-round warmth. While this region hosts world-renowned events and is unlikely to lose popularity anytime soon, a study warns that rapidly rising temperatures are threatening the thriving tourism industry.

The study was published in the journal Climatic Change and found that in the Coachella Valley, the number of days above 29.4°C between November and April will increase up to 150 per cent by 2100. The researchers say that weather and climate are important factors that tourists consider, so they divided their findings of future impacts to the region’s tourism industry into three categories: winter snowbird season, outdoor tourist attractions, and annual festivals.

“Although tourism is a significant economic driver [in the Coachella Valley], little is known about how global warming will affect tourism at these locations,” the study states. Tourism is the primary source of revenue for the Coachella Valley, which is why the study’s projections are particularly foreboding.

coachella wikimedia commons credit: Jason Persse
coachella wikimedia commons credit: Jason Persse

Sunset over the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 21, 2012. Credit: Jason Persse/ Wikimedia Commons.



MedEvac chopper makes emergency landing at University School: Hunting Valley Police Blotter

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Personal welfare check: SOM Center Road

With no patients on board, a UH MedEvac helicopter made an emergency landing around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 22 in a field east of the University School football stadium due to low oil pressure.

An officer made sure that the chopper had landed safely, with the pilot on the scene and a mechanic en route. Police then saw to it that no one else got too close to the aircraft.

Theft, trespassing: Burton Trail

Police were informed of the Sept. 21 theft of a speed limit sign that was removed by a teenager. The sign was recovered in the area and put back in place with no further action taken. The victim was listed as a Courtney Trail resident.

Car-bus crash (private property): SOM Center Road

No injuries were reported at 7:48 a.m. on Sept. 22 outside University School when a Range Rover hit a school bus with four students on board. Police made a private property accident report.

Damage to property (unfounded): Lake House Lane

A resident reported at 8:21 p.m. on Sept. 26 that a car came into their driveway and turfed their grass, then took off eastbound on Fairmount Boulevard near Chagrin River Road.

The caller was advised to stop following the driver, who turned out to be making a GrubHub delivery to a neighbor, with no property damage observed by police.

Open door: Hunting Hill Farm Drive

An officer located an open garage door with a lot of dogs running loose outside at 2:37 a.m. on Sept. 25. Contact was made with the homeowner, as well as an individual inside.

Debris on street: Fairmount Boulevard, SOM Center Road

A motorist traveling westbound from Chagrin River Road around 2:50 p.m. on Sept. 22 reported that there were a


3 candidates vying for 2 seats on Kalamazoo Valley Community College board

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KALAMAZOO, MI — Three candidates are hoping to be elected to two seats on the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Board of Trustees.


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Incumbents Mary Gustas and Lucinda Stinson are challenged by Scott Zondervan for the two, six-year terms on the board.

Here’s a look at the candidates:

Gustas, 67, is the executive director of the Comstock Community Center. She has served on the KVCC board since 1989 as board chair, vice chair and on the finance committee.

Stinson, 62, is the executive director of Lending Hands of Michigan and a part-time professor at Western Michigan University. She was elected to the KVCC board in 2014. She’s worked for more than 40 years as a healthcare professional and administrator and more than 20 years in nonprofit leadership. She is currently vice chair of the board and a member of the KVCC audit committee.

Zondervan is an adjunct professor at KVCC and Controller/CFO at Kalamazoo Christian Schools. He has 20 years of experience teaching business and economics at KVCC and more than 30 years as CFO at Kalamazoo Christian Schools, The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Park Village Pines Long-Term Care Facilities and the Kalamazoo Credit Bureau. Zondervan ran unsuccessfully for the KVCC board in 2018.

MLive Media Group partnered with the League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information for readers. Each candidate was asked about their candidacy and policy issues. See how they responded below.

Information on all state and federal races and many of Michigan’s county and local races is available at Vote411.org, an online voter guide created by the League of Women Voters.

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