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.



Mon March 21, 2011
Colorado Wildfires

Erratic Winds Fan Wildfire West of Golden

Firefighters walk down a ridge line above the Mountain Ridge Subdivision above downtown Golden.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Fire crews had their hands full Monday tackling a trio of blazes in western Jefferson County.  The largest, the 850 acre Indian Gulch Fire west of Golden has forced a hundred homeowners to flee, and hundreds more are on notice that they too may need to leave if conditions worsen.

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Mon March 21, 2011
Breaking: Wildfires

Wildfire Near Golden Grows

Jefferson County Sheriff's Department

Jefferson County sheriff's officials say a wildfire burning west of Golden has grown to more than 700 acres.

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Wed March 16, 2011
Government and You

Rural Western Schools Brace for Hard Times

Mountain Valley Schools Superintendent Corey Doss stands outside the school's lunchroom.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper is proposing to cut more than $300 million from the state's education budget.  This would hit Colorado's isolated, rural school districts especially hard. 

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Mon March 14, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Calls for More Water Conservation in Colorado

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper spoke with reporters in Denver
Photo by Kirk Siegler

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is touring Colorado discussing ways to boost agriculture exports and help the state’s struggling rural communities.  KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports that the secretary's latest visit follows  a series of reports warning of a dire water crisis in the coming years, as Front Range suburbs buy up more lucrative water rights from farmers. 


Sun March 13, 2011
Art and Culture

Remodeled Exhibit Hall Showcases Native Art

The Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum has finished a massive redevelopment of its American Indian galleries.  The museum houses one of the largest collections of Native American art in the country, and as KUNC's Kirk Siegler reports, the new permanent exhibit focuses on the interactive.