Kirk Siegler


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.



Wed April 27, 2011

Wilderness or Wild Lands? Policy Sparks Controversy

South Shale Ridge in western Colorado is prized for scenery, and the natural gas that lies beneath it.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Wilderness conservation took a hit as part of this year’s federal budget compromise. A rider slipped into the bill at the last minute has put millions of acres of land back on the table for oil and gas drilling.  One of those places is South Shale Ridge in western Colorado. The area is not federally protected wilderness.  So the conservation-minded Interior Department had floated a different term for places like it, “wild lands.”  But that definition is now up in the air.

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Mon April 25, 2011

Fish and Wildlife to Consider Listing Arapahoe Snowfly

Photo courtesy of Wild Earth Guardians

Federal biologists say a rare, tiny insect found in northern Colorado may warrant protections under the Endangered Species Act.

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Fri April 22, 2011

Polis Reintroduces Colorado Wilderness Bill

Jared Polis

Congressman Jared Polis (D-Boulder) has announced plans to reintroduce a bill that would protect tens of thousands of acres of land in Colorado’s central mountains. It’s similar to a bill he proposed last year that didn’t gain much traction in a sharply divided Congress.

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Wed April 20, 2011

Colorado Farmers Press for US-Korea Free Trade Deal

Colorado Agriculture Commissioner John Salazar and Senator Mark Udall presented Korean Ambassador Han Duk-soo a John Fielder Colorado book and a six pack of Fat Tire at CSU's Denver Center.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The lifting of tariffs and quotas of pork products coming into Korea from the US would have a direct impact on Brett Ruttledge’s bottom line, in the form of about $10 more per head for the price of one of his hogs. But there’s just one problem for Rutledge, who farms in Yuma on the northeastern plains, a free trade agreement between the two countries is still pending.

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Tue April 19, 2011

NREL Partnering with Google to Promote Electric Cars

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Golden-based National Renewable Energy Lab is partnering with internet search engine Google to promote the spread of electric car charging stations in Colorado and across the US. 

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