Kirk Siegler

Kirk Siegler appears in the following:

The Forest Service's ban on controlled burns has come to a close

Monday, September 05, 2022

The U.S. Forest Service's temporary ban on controlled burning, a practice seen as key to preventing huge and devastating wildfires, has now expired — with questions remaining about future burns.


Why suppressing wildfires may be making the Western fire crisis worse

Saturday, August 27, 2022

The U.S. is spending record money suppressing wildfires that are only getting more deadly and severe with climate change. But there are signs the needle is moving toward more upfront prevention work.


Utah sues to stop restoration of boundaries at Bears Ears, Grand Staircase monuments

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

President Biden restored the original boundaries last year after then-President Trump had significantly slashed them in 2017. Utah officials say Biden overstepped his authority.


Inflation makes recovery from California fires and other disasters more difficult

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Extreme weather events made worse by climate change are hitting some of the poorest parts of the United States hard. Recovery will be extra difficult at a time of high inflation.


Survivors of the McKinney fire are forced to rebuild during a time of inflation

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Residents in rural northern California are being allowed back in to assess damage from the deadly fire. High costs for everything from gas to building supplies is making recovery daunting.


Death toll of northern California's Mckinney Fire reaches 4

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

The death toll in the McKinney Fire in northern California is now at four with authorities warning it could rise as firefighters across the baking West battle extreme heat and erratic winds.


Encore: Rural singer-songwriter Margo Cilker's pandemic hustle is paying off

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The pandemic was especially tough for musicians in smaller cities and towns but for one country rocker in the rural Northwest it was a welcome respite.


Pacific Northwest tribes want to hold American leaders accountable and remove 4 dams

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Pacific Northwest tribes are pressuring President Biden to make good on his pledge to uphold treaties in Indian Country and remove four large dams on the Snake River.


Yellowstone floods highlight gaps in the government's infrastructure plan

Monday, June 20, 2022

Historic floods in Yellowstone National Park raise questions about long-term government efforts to fix the nation's infrastructure and curb climate change.


Yellowstone-area floods strand visitors and residents, prompt evacuations

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

"Unprecedented" floods wash out bridges, basements, and roads, close hospital


Police in Idaho arrested dozens of Patriot Front members near a Pride event

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Authorities in northern Idaho are not ruling out more criminal charges after the arrests of 31 white nationalists, who are accused of planning to riot at a Pride festival.


Rural singer-songwriter Margo Cilker's pandemic hustle is paying off

Sunday, June 12, 2022

The pandemic was especially tough for up-and-coming musicians from smaller cities and towns. But for at least one country rocker from the rural Northwest, it may have leveled the playing field.


Yellowstone renames a mountain after the history of its prior namesake comes to light

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The country's first national park has opted to change the name after research uncovered the involvement of Gustavus Doane in an attack that killed 173 Native Americans.


GOP lawsuit halts most migration from Mexico. Yet, desperate people continue to cross

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

A Tucson, Ariz. shelter for migrant asylum seekers crossing into the US is seeing record capacity, despite a federal judge's order upholding Trump-era public health border restrictions.


There are protests along the U.S.-Mexico border after judge blocks ending Title 42

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Along the U.S.-Mexico border, migrant groups seeking asylum are protesting a judge's ruling that keeps Title 42, Trump-era pandemic border restrictions, in place.


Several far right Republicans running in the Idaho primary have ties to extremism

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Idaho's Republican primary is seen as a national test for how far to the right the GOP can be pulled, as several candidates tied to extremist groups are running for governor and the legislature.


The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but 'not unprecedented'

Monday, May 16, 2022

Experts say the Southwestern U.S. is drier than it's been in some 1,200 years, which is one of, but not the only, drivers of the large infernos burning in New Mexico.


Las Vegas struggles with rising violence in schools

Thursday, May 12, 2022

The nation's fifth largest school district has seen a jump in violent incidents since returning from 15 months of virtual-only classes.


The Southwest's spring wildfire season has started earlier than normal

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Experts say the Southwestern U.S. is now the driest it's been in 1,200 years, which has many on edge for another long, destructive summer for wildfires.


North Dakota is digging out from a historic Spring blizzard

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

That snowfall could offer some reprieve to farmers and ranchers who have been struggling through a punishing drought. Many of them have been teetering on bankruptcy.