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AM News Brief: Utah Missionary Death, Mobile Home Park Settlement & Climate Change And Solar Energy

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Bureau of Land Management
A new study from the Princeton Environmental Institute says climate change may reduce sunny days in warmer parts of our region. This story and more in the Wednesday morning news brief.

Wednesday morning, October 14, 2020

Northern Utah

Park City School Board Challenge

A write-in candidate is hoping to replace the Park City School Board’s president this November, as school boards across the state are facing increased scrutiny over how students are faring in the classroom. Thomas Cooke, a member of a local planning commission, is facing incumbent Andrew Caplan, who has served on the board for four years and runs a financial services firm. At a forum Tuesday, the candidates discussed the district’s budget, future plans and how the board communicates with the public. Cooke said his biggest issue with the board is a lack of transparency. Read the full story. — Jon Reed

Region And Beyond

Utah Missionary Dies In Switzerland

A Utah missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has died while hiking in Switzerland, where she was based. Twenty-year-old Annabelle Nielsen of Highland died Tuesday after slipping and falling down a steep slope. She was hiking with five other missionaries, according to LDS Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff. He said Nielsen was assigned to the Alpine German-Speaking mission in July 2019. — Diane Maggipinto

Provo Firm Owes Denver Mobile Home Park Residents

A Provo mobile home park operator reached a settlement agreement last week with the state of Colorado to repay Denver-area residents about $150,000 in wrongly withheld security deposits, arbitrary fees and improperly charged attorneys fees. Seven Colorado parks operated by Kingsley Management Corporation were identified in the settlement. It was prompted by resident complaints dating back to October 2016. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said the investigation is a warning to other park managers who have been subject to complaints across the state. He also said it is an invitation for other tenants to step forward. — Associated Press

Climate Change And Solar Energy

A new study from the Princeton Environmental Institute says climate change may reduce sunny days in warmer parts of our region. That could spell trouble for states heavily invested in solar power. Researchers used global climate models and satellite data to see how energy from the sun would be affected in a warmer world. They found that hotter surface temperatures and resulting atmospheric changes could lead to more cloudy days and diminish solar energy. Hot, arid regions in particular were the most susceptible. Nevada, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico have the largest solar industries in our region. — Beau Baker, Mountain West News Bureau