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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5:48pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Environment

Reactions Mixed Over Interior Endangered Species Settlement

A pending settlement between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and conservationists could unclog a backlog of reviews of more than 250 potentially threatened or endangered species.  The deal announced Tuesday is being hailed by both sides.  But the oil and gas industry says it raises more questions than it answers.  

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1:12pm

Tue May 10, 2011
Environment

Interior: Endangered Species Act Settlement Reached

The greater sage grouse and 250 other "warranted but precluded" species could get Endangered Species Act protections within six years under a proposed settlement between the Department of Interior and environmentalists.
Photo courtesy of the Center for Biological Diversity.

The US Department of Interior has reached a settlement with environmentalists over litigation that the agency says is bogging down the potential listings of hundreds of threatened and endangered species, including the greater sage grouse in Colorado and Wyoming.

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4:33pm

Mon May 9, 2011
Business

White House Startup Roundtable Wraps Up in Boulder

Colorado Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) opens the Startup America round table at the University of Colorado law school.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Boulder is one of eight cities in the United States to host a White House road show that aims to promote entrepreneurship and business start-ups.  At a roundtable event on the CU campus Monday, Obama Administration officials heard more frustration than optimism from several local-start up firms.

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3:21pm

Thu May 5, 2011
Energy

Colorado Oil Shale History Scrutinized

Shell Oil runs an experimental oil shale development site in remote northwest Colorado.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

In Cheyenne Thursday, federal land managers are wrapping up their final public meeting on a proposed plan that is expected to map out the future of oil shale mining on public lands.  The Bureau of Land Management is taking what it calls a “fresh look” at the energy resource in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, as the Obama Administration considers shelving a controversial Bush Administration plan that opened up nearly two million acres of land for potential leasing.  The agency will now begin writing what’s expected to be another exhaustive study and that’s reopening an ages-old debate.

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4:14pm

Wed May 4, 2011
Energy

Oil Shale Plan Renews Energy Debate

Suzanne O'Neill of the Colorado Wildlife Federation testifies at a BLM hearing Wednesday in Golden.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The Bureau of Land Management is taking a new look at oil shale development in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, as the Obama Administration considers shelving a controversial plan stemming from the Bush Administration that opened up 1.9 million acres of land in the three states for potential leasing.

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