Kirk Siegler

Reporter

Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.

Siegler grew up near Missoula, MT, and received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado.  He’s an avid skier and traveler in his spare time.

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2:54pm

Tue December 6, 2011
Environment

Roadless Court Battle Takes Latest Twist

KUNC file photo

The Colorado Mining Association has joined the state of Wyoming in asking a federal appeals court for a re-hearing following a recent decision upholding a 2001 ban on road-building on more than fifty million acres of National Forest lands. 

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9:30pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Economy

Colorado Economy to Improve in 2012

CU economist Richard Wobbekind says Colorado's economy is expected to grow faster than most other states next year.
KUNC file photo

The University of Colorado’s annual economic forecast released Monday offers a mixed-bag looking ahead to 2012.  Much of it depends on what part of the state you live in and in what line of work you’re in.  Economists expect farming to continue to be the bright spot, while other sectors such as construction and tourism and hospitality may continue to sputter.  But as KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports, overall, the forecast is much brighter than at the height of the recession.

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5:00am

Mon December 5, 2011
Environment

Colorado Regulators Mull 'Fracking' Disclosure Rule

An oil and gas well along the Colorado Front Range.
KUNC file photo

At a hearing this morning, Colorado regulators will consider a new rule that would force oil and gas companies to disclose what chemicals they use when hydraulically fracturing wells. The industry uses these chemicals along with a mix of water and sand to “frack” wells deep beneath the earth.  Nearby states like Wyoming and Texas recently put similar “mandatory disclosure” laws on the books and many oil and gas companies have recently come on board with Colorado's proposal.  But some say the rule doesn’t go far enough.

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3:42pm

Thu December 1, 2011
Environment

Colorado Springs Enacts Drilling Moratorium

city of Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs city council has unanimously passed an emergency ordinance banning oil and gas drilling while officials review whether existing laws need to be tightened to protect groundwater and other resources.

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4:00am

Thu December 1, 2011
Business

Oil Boom Creates Opportunities, Consternation Along Colorado's Front Range

Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the site of one of the country’s next big oil booms as new technologies surrounding hydraulic fracturing are allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale.  Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the Niobrara formation that extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska is thought to hold more than a billion barrels of oil.  The only trouble is much of the land atop it is home to one of the country’s fastest growing regions. 

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