Kirk Siegler

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Winds Have Been High As The Caldor Fire Threatens California's South Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Firefighters are hoping for favorable conditions today to help them keep the Caldor Fire from getting loose in the city of South Lake Tahoe, California.


Evacuations Are Ordered As Caldor Fire Races Toward Lake Tahoe

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Some 30,000 people are now under orders to evacuate from the Lake Tahoe Region, as the out-of-control Caldor Fire is spreading rapidly in extremely windy and hot conditions.


Biden Promised Electric Cars, Which Need Lithium. A Proposed Mine Is On Sacred Land

Thursday, August 26, 2021

In Nevada, tribal opposition to a proposed lithium mine is testing the White House's pledge to electrify America's transportation system and give more of a voice to indigenous people in federal lands.


In Fire Scorched California, Town Aims To Buy The Highest At-Risk Properties

Monday, August 23, 2021

Decimated by the deadly Camp Fire in 2018, Paradise, Calif., is now moving to acquire some high-risk properties and turn them into managed park land to buffer against future wildfires.


Colorado River, Lifeline Of The West, Sees Historic Water Shortage Declaration

Sunday, August 22, 2021

The first-ever shortage declaration on the Colorado River forces arid Western states to re-examine their relationship with resources many take for granted, drinking water and cheap hydroelectricity.


States In The West Face Water Cuts After Colorado River Shortage Is Announced

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Federal water managers have announced the first shortage in the Colorado River system, which supplies water and hydropower to 40 million people and countless farms in western states.


More Areas In California Are Ravaged By Drought And Wildfires

Friday, August 06, 2021

In northern California, fast-moving wildfires are again forcing scores of evacuations and threatening whole towns and critical infrastructure.


Dixie Fire Stirs Anxiety In The California Town Decimated In 2018 By The Camp Fire

Thursday, August 05, 2021

The massive Dixie Fire ignited close to where the deadly Camp Fire started, and some residents of nearby Paradise are reliving the trauma all over again.


This Utah Adventure Town Wants To Put The Brakes On Promoting Itself

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tourists are visiting national parks and surrounding public lands in record numbers this summer, which is causing some overwhelmed national park gateway towns to rethink their promotion strategies.


Senate Republicans Criticize Biden's Nominee To Head Bureau Of Land Management

Monday, July 12, 2021

Republicans are pressuring President Biden to withdraw his nominee to be the country's next public lands chief amid controversy over her alleged involvement in a tree spiking incident in the 1980s.


An Explosion In Visitors Is Threatening The Very Things National Parks Try To Protect

Friday, July 09, 2021

Growing crowds at America's national parks have prompted some of them to allow entry by reserved tickets only. Arches National Park in Utah may be next, and there's renewed controversy over that step.


U.S. Firefighting Resources Are Already Being Exhausted... As The West Gets Hotter

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Federal fire managers warn the U.S.'s firefighting resources are near full deployment, a declaration rarely made this early in the summer as Western states bake in record heat and drought.


New Wildfires Are At A 10-Year High In The Hot, Dry Western U.S.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Federal officials warn of a long, potentially dangerous summer of fire. Since January, more than a million acres have burned from more than 28,000 wildfires.


Despite Odds Stacked Against It, New Mexico's Vaccination Rate Is Near The Top

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

States with the lowest vaccination rates are clustered in the South and the Southwest. But there's one standout, New Mexico, where health officials now say some counties are close to 90% vaccinated.


Extreme Heat In The West To Send Temps To Triple Digits, Worsen Drought

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Excessive heat warnings are in effect across the West, where temperatures will hit the triple digits — a signal that climate change and lengthening summers pose serious problems for the region.


Senate Pressed BLM Nominee On Biden's Oil And Gas Lease Freeze

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

President Biden's nominee to be the country's next public lands chief appeared before a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday where she was grilled over Biden's controversial freeze on new oil and gas leasing.


Biden's Public Lands Nominee To Be Grilled By Senate, Unlike Trump's Pick

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

If confirmed, environmental leader Tracy Stone-Manning would be the first permanent director of the Bureau of Land Management in four years.


The Truth Is (Still) Out There In 'UFO Capital' Roswell, New Mexico

Saturday, June 05, 2021

People in "the UFO capital of the world" are eagerly anticipating the release of a Defense Department report on its investigations into Unexplained Aerial Phenomena. As always, some see a cover-up.


Alien Enthusiasts In Roswell, N.M., Eagerly Await The Release Of UFO Report

Friday, June 04, 2021

People in "the UFO capitol of the world," Roswell, N.M., are eagerly anticipating the release of a Defense Department report on their investigations into UFOs.


Homebuyers Squeezed As Western States See Prices Double Or More In Last Decade

Friday, May 28, 2021

The pandemic has made the housing market even tighter in the mountain West, where first-time buyers are trying to decide whether this is just the future or a bubble headed eventually for a bust.