Kirk Siegler http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/unlikely-partnerships-spring-california-water-crisis At a recent rally in Fresno County, Calif., farmers in plaid shirts stood side by side with migrant farmworkers in ball caps, holding signs that read <em>"sin agua, no futuro"</em> and "no water, no food." Fresno is the top agriculture-producing county in the U.S., with more than $6 billion in annual sales.<p>Protesters argued that farms could go out of business without more water, and there would be mass layoffs. That rhetoric may be familiar, but the two groups' alliance is decidedly unusual.<p>"I'm really tickled to death to see the farmworkers working with the farmers. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 56981 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/argument-may-have-led-fort-hood-shooting Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, are investigating an argument that may have led to a shooting spree there this week. They are moving away from a focus on the suspect's mental health issues. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 56370 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wake-fort-hood-shooting-attention-turns-base-security While it appears the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was different in many ways from what occurred Wednesday, the latest attack is focusing attention again on security measures there. Meanwhile, we are learning more about the alleged shooter, Specialist Ivan Lopez. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Wake+Of+Fort+Hood+Shooting%2C+Attention+Turns+To+Base+Security&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 56354 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/nevada-farmers-hack-drought-switching-crops Take a drive around the perimeter of Colby Frey's farm in Nevada and it's clear you're kind of on an island — an oasis of green surrounded by a big, dusty desert.<p>Nearby, a neighbor's farm has recently gone under. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 55584 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/calif-fight-over-concealed-weapons-could-head-high-court California is shaping up to be the next major battleground over the Second Amendment, as gun rights activists in the nation's most populous state push for loosening concealed carry laws.<p>The state has some of the most restrictive such laws in the country. To get a permit to carry in public, you have to show "good cause" to a local official like a sheriff. In San Diego County, like a lot of urban areas, the sheriff set that bar high. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 55476 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/drought-could-dry-nevada-dairy-farmers-expansion-plans When Pete Olsen talks about drought on his fifth-generation dairy farm in Fallon, Nev., he's really talking about the snowpack 60 miles to the west in the Sierra Nevada.<p>The Sierras, Olsen says, are their lifeblood.<p>That is, the snowmelt from them feeds the Truckee and Carson rivers and a tangle of reservoirs and canals that make this desert bloom. Some of the highest-grade alfalfa in the world is grown here. And it makes perfect feed for dairy cows, because it's rich in nutrients.<p>But like much of the far West, northern Nevada is in the grips of a historic drought. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:21:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54674 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/la-mayor-basics-have-been-neglected-too-long Los Angeles may be known for its celebrities, glitz and glam, but the city's mayor, Eric Garcetti, is focused on something decidedly less flashy: infrastructure.<p>Take the city's airport LAX, for example. You'd be forgiven for mistaking its terminals for a cramped bus station. And stepping out onto the curb can feel like an assault on the senses, with the horns, aggressive shuttle drivers and travelers jostling for taxis.<p>"It seems a little disorganized," says business traveler Burton Webb of Boise, Idaho, on his first impressions. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:44:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54223 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/scientists-help-western-states-prepare-drought-new-norm At a 10,000-foot summit in Yosemite National Park, Frank Gehrke clicks into his cross-country skis and pushes off down a small embankment onto a meadow of crusty snow. He's California's chief of snow surveys, one of the most influential jobs in a state where snow and the water that comes from it are big currency. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53601 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm Oil Train Derailments Spur Calls For Safety Measures http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/oil-train-derailments-spur-calls-safety-measures Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>The state of North Dakota produces a lot of oil - everyday roughly a million barrels. But there isn't the pipeline capacity to ship all that oil to major markets right now, so the industry has been turning to the railroads. Tens of millions of dollars of new infrastructure has been built on western North Dakota's Bakken rock formation in recent years to transport all this oil. But after some recent derailments and explosions involving oil tanker trains, some are calling for a slowdown. Sun, 02 Feb 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53425 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/commuting-distant-oil-fields-good-money-price Think your commute is bad? Try 580 miles, one-way.<p>Door to door, that's how far Rory Richardson travels between his home in western Montana and his job on the oil fields near Williston, N.D. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53343 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/plains-oil-boom-transforming-nearly-everything <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</em><p><em></em>On a Sunday at dusk, Amtrak's eastbound Empire Builder train is jampacked, filled with people heading to their jobs in North Dakota towns like Minot, Williston and Watford City.<p>Jennifer Brown is watching the snowy plains of northern Montana pass by outside the train's frosty windows. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:54:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53237 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/whale-traffic-jam-delights-visitors-and-baffles-scientists This is one of the best times of the year to spot gray whales off the coast of Southern California as they migrate south for the winter. But recently, there have been an unusually high number of sightings of other whales.<p>"We've had so many whales," Dan "The Whale Man" Salas tells the guests on his boat. "This is all in the last two weeks. We've had orcas, we had a sperm whale, we've got humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 51984 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/tragic-year-wildland-firefighters-ends-reflection Thirty-four wildland firefighters died in the line of duty this year. Some of those fatalities were isolated incidents, but one event captured the nation's attention, sparking a larger conversation about the new dangers firefighters face.<p>That event unfolded in central Arizona the afternoon of June 30, a Sunday.<p>"I'm here with Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Our escape route has been cut off," says a crew boss on recently released radio traffic from the Yarnell Hill Fire. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 51906 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/scandal-may-bring-new-oversight-la-county-sheriffs-department Longtime civil rights attorney Connie Rice has been following this week's indictments against officers in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She says it points to a subculture of corruption within certain units, much like the city's scandal-ridden police department of the 1990s.<p>In the main downtown jails, sheriff's officers are accused of beating and choking inmates without provocation, harassing visitors and then covering it all up.<p>"It's like entering the Bastille," says Rice. "It's ancient — you descend down into these concrete bunkers. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 51173 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/after-fight-over-colo-gun-laws-two-sides-dug-ever John Morse was president of the Colorado Senate until September, when he became the first elected official recalled in the state's history.<p>Three months later, he's climbing the rotunda steps of the gold-domed Capitol building — his office for seven years. He hasn't been here since October. Gazing up at the dome, he says, "This is one of my favorite things to do. That's my version of smelling the roses."<p>Morse's political career ended over the gun bills he pushed through these chambers eight months ago. But he says he would do it all again.<p>"I have zero regrets," he says. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:23:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 51165 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Indicted On Corruption, Civil Rights Abuses http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/la-sheriffs-deputies-indicted-corruption-civil-rights-abuses Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Los Angeles today, federal prosecutors announced charges of corruption and civil rights abuses inside the nation's largest jail system. The indictments came against 18 current and former deputies of the LA Sheriff's Department. NPR's Kirk Siegler has details from outside the federal building in downtown Los Angeles.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Today's indictments are the result of an ongoing FBI criminal probe into widespread allegations of inmate abuse at LA County's main downtown jails. U.S. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 51050 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/pipeline-wheels-trains-are-winning-big-us-oil The oil boom in the United States is creating another boom — for the railroad industry.<p>So far this year, in North Dakota alone, 140 million barrels of oil have left on trains. Shipments of crude oil by rail are up almost 50 percent over last year — and this upward trend is expected to continue.<p>A visit to the world-famous Tehachapi Loop, part of a winding mountain pass in Southern California, demonstrates the scale and reach of the oil boom in the middle of the country. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 50818 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil Philippine Ex-Pats In Calif. Contribute To Typhoon Relief http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/philippine-ex-pats-calif-contribute-typhoon-relief Many Filipinos living in the United States are frantically trying to get in touch with loved ones in some of the areas hardest hit by the typhoon. California, with about a million Filipino immigrants, is the center for a large fundraising effort.<p>Los Angeles is home to one of the largest concentrations of Filipino immigrants in the U.S. Many across this city are glued to the local Asian TV stations' nightly news broadcasts. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 07:54:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 49753 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Should TSA Agents Have Broader Law Enforcement Powers? http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/should-tsa-agents-have-broader-law-enforcement-powers Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Airports around the country will hold a moment of silence this morning to honor Gerardo Hernandez. He was the TSA officer killed a week ago today at Los Angeles International Airport. That shooting is renewing debate over airport security and the role of the TSA. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Security at major airports is a web of moving parts, and a tangle of bureaucracies and jurisdictions.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CAR HORN HONKING)<p>SIEGLER: Take LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:47:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 49589 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Gunman Opens Fire At Los Angeles International Airport http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/gunman-opens-fire-los-angeles-international-airport A lone gunman opened fire Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, police say. Police fired on the alleged shooter, who is now in police custody. The attack left one TSA officer dead and at least seven people needing medical treatment (including the shooter), officials said. The shooting forced the evacuation of a terminal and more than 45 flights into and out of LAX have been cancelled. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 49293 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net In Flooded Colorado, Immigrants' Livelihoods Washed Away http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/flooded-colorado-immigrants-livelihoods-washed-away In flood-ravaged Colorado, much of the recovery has focused on rebuilding roads and bridges to mountain towns cut off by last month's floods. But take a drive east to the state's rolling plains, and a whole new set of staggering problems unfolds in farm country.<p><strong>Living </strong><strong>In</strong><strong> Limbo</strong><p>A woman named Claudia, who doesn't want to use her last name because of her immigration status, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a shabby hotel in Greeley, about an hour's drive northeast of Denver.<p>She's come because a friend has been staying here. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 48550 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net In Flooded Colorado, Immigrants' Livelihoods Washed Away Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/women-first-brewers-lean-craft-beer-making Thousands of beer aficionados are in Denver this weekend for the <a href="http://www.greatamericanbeerfestival.com/">Great American Beer Festival</a>. Some 600 breweries from around the country are represented at the marquee event for the craft-brewing industry.<p>And while this annual competition has long been male-dominated, that's starting to change.<p>Take, for example, Meg Gill, a 28-year-old Yale grad and the president and co-founder of <a href="http://goldenroad.la/">Golden Road Brewing</a> in Los Angeles. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:07:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 48285 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Women, The 'First Brewers,' Lean Into Craft Beer-Making Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/fresno-officials-dismantle-homeless-encampments Any day now, Fresno plans to raze a large homeless encampment that's grown up near downtown. The poor, farm-dependent city in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country.<p>In recent weeks, city officials there have dismantled three other sprawling shantytowns. The moves have displaced hundreds of people and sparked controversy.<p><strong>Underneath Highway 180 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 47541 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments Radio Station KYAY Is Lifeline For Apache Tribe http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/radio-station-kyay-lifeline-apache-tribe Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And on a reservation in Arizona, there's a tiny radio station marking its first year on the air. KYAY is owned by the San Carlos Apache Tribe and it's become a window into this isolated reservation, offering news and entertainment. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 09:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 46294 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Elite Native American Firefighters Join Crews At Yosemite http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/elite-native-american-firefighters-join-crews-yosemite One of the firefighting teams trying to contain the Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park is the Geronimo Hotshots team from San Carlos, Ariz., one of seven elite Native American firefighting crews in the U.S.<p>On the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation, firefighting jobs are one of only a few ways for many young men to earn a living. For team member Jose Alvarez Santi Jr., 25, the work is rewarding — but being away from home fighting fires can be tough.<p>"I don't really see it as a job. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 45992 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Elite Native American Firefighters Join Crews At Yosemite Embattled LA Sheriff Still Plans To Give Fifth Term A Shot http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/embattled-la-sheriff-still-plans-give-fifth-term-shot Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca — who oversees the largest municipal jail system in the country — is facing growing pressure to bow out of the race for what could be his fifth term.<p>There's a lot that's been piling up against Sheriff Baca lately. At the top of the list is an FBI probe into what's been described as a systemic pattern of unnecessary force against inmates in county jails.<p>"Sometimes the term unnecessary force feels antiseptic. We're talking about shattered facial bones, you know 35 and 40 stitches. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 45945 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Embattled LA Sheriff Still Plans To Give Fifth Term A Shot Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/immigration-reform-activists-march-calif-farm-country Immigrant and farm worker rights groups came from Los Angeles to Bakersfield, Calif., by the busload this week. Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:02:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 45491 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/despite-hefty-payouts-fire-insurance-costs-hold-steady Wildfires have already destroyed hundreds of homes in the American West this year. The insurance industry is once again poised to pay out hundreds of millions of dollars to cover those losses, as it already has for homeowners who lost their houses during last year's fire season.<p>When the Waldo Canyon fire, the most destructive in Colorado's history at the time, roared into C.J. Moore's neighborhood last summer, she knew her home didn't stand a chance. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 43298 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Despite Hefty Payouts, Fire Insurance Costs Hold Steady Fatal Shootings In Santa Monica Leave Several Injured http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/fatal-shootings-santa-monica-leave-several-injured Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A grim and chaotic scene today in Santa Monica, California. That's where authorities say at least six people are dead after a shooting rampage that ended violently on the campus of Santa Monica Community College. Several more people are being treated at area hospitals. Authorities say some injuries are serious, others minor. The shooting triggered lockdowns at the college and at other nearby schools. NPR's Kirk Siegler joins us now with the latest from NPR West in Culver City. Sat, 08 Jun 2013 00:29:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41992 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net California Hosts U.S.-China Summit http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/california-hosts-us-china-summit Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Chinese President Xi Jinping begins a two-day meeting later today with President Obama near Palm Springs, California. There's a good deal of significance behind the choice of California as a venue for this summit. The state one of China's largest trading partners. And is also home to a recent boom in Chinese real estate investment.<p>NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: China sells well over $100 billion worth of goods in California every year. And California exports more services and products to China than any other U.S. state. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 09:32:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41928 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net