Kirk Siegler

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Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last major financial crisis to hit the small South American country in the late 1990s.


Protesting Racial Bias, Students Trade Placards For Pillows

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Inspired by the events at Mizzou, students at Occidental College in Los Angeles recently got administrators to agree to a list of demands and are pledging to hold them accountable.


Ski Resorts Welcome Early Snowfall In California's Sierra Nevada

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After four years of brutal drought, early season storms are bringing record snow to California's Sierra Nevada. The storms are hardly drought busters, but that's not stopping people from celebrating.


In The 'Cradle Of Cacao,' Chocolate Brigades Fight For A Bigger Harvest

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Ecuador's chocolate is famous, and a sweet spot in an otherwise souring economy. The government is paying a small army of pruners to trim back 120,000 acres of Amazonian cacao farms to boost yields.


Descending Into A Volcano — To Farm

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ecuador's Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, nestled in a crater that last erupted 2,500 years ago, is billed as the world's only inhabited, cultivated volcano.


Drought-Stricken California Prepares For Strong El Niño Winter

Monday, October 19, 2015

In parched California, water managers and emergency management officials are preparing to move from one extreme to another with predictions of a "too big to fail" El Niño winter ahead.


School A Welcome Escape From Reality For Calif. Area Ravaged By Fire

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Valley Fire leveled hundreds of homes and businesses in the small community of Middletown, Calif. School is helping students and educators alike make it through the recovery process together.


Drought Relief Program Doesn't Extend To Renters In Tulare County, Calif.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Emergency management officials in Tulare County in California's Central Valley field dozens of calls from residents reporting their wells have run dry. Getting help to them has proven challenging.


#NPRreads: Lying About Sept. 11, And California's Drought-Stricken Levees

Friday, September 25, 2015

Also this week: What Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath teach us about the true nature of America.


Fall Brings No Relief To The West As Wildfires Worsen

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Even as fall has arrived, the number of homes and businesses destroyed by wildfires keeps going up in the drought-stricken West.


Las Vegas, N.M., Needs Amtrak To Help It Draw More Tourists

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In northern New Mexico, many rural communities are worried about the possible loss of Amtrak's Southwest Chief. One historic railroad town has been trying to attract tourists with the train.


California Officials Warn Of No Swift End To Severe Fire Season

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

It has been a record year for wildfires in California, and officials are warning that the end is not yet in sight. NPR checks in on the fires burning in Northern California and the Sierra Nevada.


Calif. Firefighters Ensure Sequoias Are Protected From Rough Fire's Flames

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

While California's Rough Fire is not threatening as many homes or businesses as other fires, it has attracted a lot of fire-fighting resources. The fire is burning near a grove of giant sequoias.


Rough Fire Spreads Near Ancient Sequoia Grove In California

Monday, September 14, 2015

The Valley fire is just one of more than a dozen currently burning in California. The largest, the Rough Fire, is burning near a grove of ancient Sequoias. It is currently 40 percent contained.


Rich In Charm But Losing Money, Amtrak's Southwest Chief May Fade Away

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Amtrak's Southwest Chief train line travels from Los Angeles all the way to Chicago. Despite its nostalgic charm, the Chief is now under threat of closure.


Prisons In California To Limit Number Of Inmates In Solitary Confinement

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Advocates are hailing the court settlement that they say could lead the way to ending widespread solitary confinement and other harsh treatment of prisoners in the state's corrections system.


Worsening Wildfire Seasons Tax The Forest Service

Friday, August 28, 2015

The agency says it's now spending record amounts on fire suppression, and these bills are coming at the expense of its other programs — many of which would help prevent future wildfires.


New Mexico Rejoices As Years-Long Drought Finally Eases

Friday, August 21, 2015

Drought and wildfires are the top news from most of the West. But it is a different story in much of New Mexico, where more than half of the state is no longer in a drought, after nearly 10 years.


Armed 'Oath Keepers' Celebrate Montana Miners' Incremental Victory

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Oath Keepers group that's making headlines for its presence in Ferguson, Mo., is best known for mobilizing its self-described "security forces" to standoffs with federal land managers in the West.


Jeb Bush Criticizes Obama, Clinton For Spread Of ISIS

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush outlined his strategy to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, in a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Tuesday.