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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2:47pm

Fri February 11, 2011
Environment

Land Board Pulls Controversial Gas Leasing Near Reservoir

State land board officials have decided against opening up land near a reservoir in central Colorado for oil and gas drilling, a move being hailed by conservationists who worry the area is too close to a major source of drinking water for Denver.

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4:27pm

Thu February 10, 2011
Business

Former Colorado Governor Honored at Solar Summit

Former Governor Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) was hailed for his work promoting clean energy in Loveland
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Solar energy industry leaders convening for an annual conference in Loveland are bestowing praise for former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter’s efforts to boost clean energy in Colorado.  The Boulder-based Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association gave Ritter its annual President’s Award at a luncheon Thursday. 

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4:05pm

Wed February 9, 2011
Business

Subsidies for Clean Energy Lag Behind Traditional Energy Sources

Solar Farm in the San Luis Valley
Kirk Siegler

Clean energy businesses are continuing to boom in states like Colorado despite the tough economic climate due in part to federal stimulus money that the industry says has helped add jobs and spur interest in renewable energy development.  But subsidies for clean energy continue to lag behind other traditional energy sources like coal and gas. 

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1:55pm

Tue February 8, 2011
Environment

Group Sues Over Uranium Mill Permit

A Telluride-based environmental group wants a judge to revoke a state permit giving the initial go ahead for the construction of a uranium mill in remote southwestern Colorado.

State public health and environment regulators have defended their issuing of a radioactive materials license to the Canadian firm Energy Fuels Inc. which wants to build what would be the country’s first uranium mill in some 25 years.  They say the permit has a number of conditions attached to it aimed at protecting the environment.

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11:06am

Tue February 8, 2011
Politics

Higher Ed Cuts Prompt Budget Reform Calls

University of Colorado Junior Corey Wiggins juggles his studies with two jobs to afford his rising tuition.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado ranks near the bottom nationally for higher education funding. And colleges and universities are bracing for yet another round of deep budget cuts.  It’s thought that most could see anywhere from a 15-20% cut later this spring, as federal stimulus money that had staved off layoffs and further tuition increases runs out. 

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