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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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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3:42pm

Fri February 4, 2011
Politics

Hickenlooper Pushes Tax Code Overhaul

Governor John Hickenlooper has made job creation a top priority in his early days
Photo by Kirk Siegler

At his latest economic development meeting today in Denver, Governor John Hickenlooper said his administration is committed to keeping Colorado a business-friendly state. And it's likely that push may begin with an attempt to overhaul the state's corporate tax code.

The governor met with ten CEOs of major companies in private this morning, ahead of today's latest regional economic summit at the University of Denver.

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4:55pm

Thu February 3, 2011
Local

Boulder Fire Victims Call for Insurance Reforms

169 homes were destroyed in the Four Mile Canyon Fire
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s interim insurance commissioner got an earful from victims of the Four Mile Canyon Fire at a meeting in Boulder Wednesday night.  Many frustrated people who lost their homes in the blaze want the state to enact tougher consumer protection laws to help victims of natural disasters settle with their insurance companies. But that appears unlikely to happen at least this legislative session. 

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4:36pm

Thu February 3, 2011
Environment

Colorado Officials Sign on to Interior Wilderness Plan

BLM land near Grand Junction, Colo
Photo by Kirk Siegler

A group of 70 mostly Democratic elected officials from around Colorado have sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar praising a recent decision that could extend wilderness protections to millions of new acres of western lands.

Salazar is in the process of implementing a secretarial order announced in Denver late last year which could bring more wilderness protection to Bureau of Land Management lands. Oil and gas industry officials argue the order effectively closes off land that contains key domestic energy supplies.

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2:11pm

Thu February 3, 2011
Science

Study: Wolverine in Peril from Climate Change

A newly published study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder shows that climate change could wipe out the wolverine in the western United States by the year 2050, unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

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