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.



Thu April 14, 2011

Colorado Draft Roadless Rule Released

Photo by Kirk Siegler

The public has 90 days to comment on a draft rule that would extend protections to more than four million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado.

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Wed April 13, 2011

Federal County Payments Poised for Extension

Secure Rural Schools funding helped Mountain Valley Schools in Saguache install a new roof.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

It’s looking likely that a federal program that helps fund everything from roads and bridges to teacher salaries in scores of rural western counties will get extended. But even though the current federal budget bill would extend the Secure Rural Schools program, some Colorado schools and counties could still be faced with layoffs.

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Tue April 12, 2011

Budget Bill Rescinds Salazar Wilderness Policy

The current budget resolution that avoided a government shutdown includes a provision that would put on hold a controversial order by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that puts millions of new acres of federal land in the West on the table for protection. 

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Mon April 11, 2011

CSU Water Study Touts Sharing Between Ag, Cities

A new study by a water think tank at Colorado State University tries to tackle the long thorny issue of transferring water rights between farmers and cities.  The report's release comes as water officials from western states meet in New Mexico this week to discuss the region’s looming water woes.

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Fri April 8, 2011

Udall: Bill Would End "Shenanigans" Over Budget

Mark Udall

With a shutdown of the federal government looming,  Colorado Senator Mark Udall has introduced legislation that he says aims to prevent either party from using a threat of a government shutdown to push its agenda. 

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