Kirk Siegler http://kcur.org en As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam http://kcur.org/post/immigration-crisis-grows-protest-movement-gains-steam Anti-illegal immigration activists are planning several hundred protests in cities across the country on Friday and Saturday, part of a growing backlash against the federal government's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.<p>Protesters say they are concerned about safety, as the Obama administration pushes to move detainees from Texas to shelters run by nonprofits in other states.<p>This week outside the southern Arizona town of Oracle, Marla and Bruce Bemis — along with several dozen of their neighbors — were lined up along a road waving American flags and hol Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 59083 at http://kcur.org As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam Truckers Strike At 2 Calif. Ports, Larger Labor Dispute Looms http://kcur.org/post/truckers-strike-2-calif-ports-larger-labor-dispute-looms Independent truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on strike against three large trucking firms that operate at the ports.<p>Handling almost half of all the nation's cargo, the ports of Los Angles and Long Beach are the main gateway for imports from Asia.<p>A lot of the shipping containers end up on these idling trucks. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 58517 at http://kcur.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight http://kcur.org/post/calif-town-thrusts-heated-immigration-debate-national-spotlight As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.<p>Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 58390 at http://kcur.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight Immigration Debate Splits California City In Two http://kcur.org/post/immigration-debate-splits-california-city-two Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The city of Murrieta, California has put itself front-and-center in the national debate over illegal immigration and border security. Protesters there blocked three buses of immigrant detainees from entering a local border patrol station earlier this week. Immigration authorities were trying to relocate them for processing due to overcrowding in Texas facilities. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 58366 at http://kcur.org Tensions Eddy In Murrieta After Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Migrants http://kcur.org/post/tensions-eddy-murrieta-after-protesters-turn-back-buses-migrants Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I am Robert Siegel. Now to the immigration crisis facing border states. In Southern California yesterday, activists blocked three buses carrying migrants to a border patrol station north of San Diego. The detainees, mostly women and children, had been flown to California from overcrowded facilities in Texas. In a moment, we'll hear from the Texas mayor about the situation there. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 58302 at http://kcur.org Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill http://kcur.org/post/calif-lawmakers-debate-controversial-gun-control-bill Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57816 at http://kcur.org Tensions Still High In 'Nevada Land' Over Cattle Dispute http://kcur.org/post/tensions-still-high-nevada-land-over-cattle-dispute Cliven Bundy's ranch is just a few miles off Interstate 15 in southern Nevada, near the tiny town of Bunkerville. The dirt road that gets you there snakes through a hot and forlorn patch of desert. You know you've found it when you see a spray-painted sign for Bundy Melons.<p>"What we say is, we raise cows and melons and kids. That's what we do here," says Bundy, smiling as he hoses down a dusty sidewalk that leads into the family's ranch house.<p>Bundy has 14 children. In his living room, there are prominent photos of all of them. A swamp cooler rattles in one corner. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57438 at http://kcur.org Tensions Still High In 'Nevada Land' Over Cattle Dispute Las Vegas Shooting Returns Police Attention To Bundy's Ranch http://kcur.org/post/las-vegas-shooting-returns-police-attention-bundys-ranch Las Vegas police are now confirming that law enforcement officials made three prior contacts with the suspects of a recent shooting spree that left five people dead, including two police officers. Authorities found no indication during those visits that Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, planned to carry out violence. The couple's anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiments continue to be the focus of the investigation. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57163 at http://kcur.org In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike http://kcur.org/post/booming-san-jose-businesses-settle-minimum-wage-hike It's been a little more than a year since San Jose, Calif., increased the city's minimum wage by $2 per hour, with adjustments for inflation. Now at $10.15 an hour, it's one of the state's highest.<p>Back in 2012, as voters were debating the wage hike, some in the restaurant and hospitality industry warned that an increase would be bad for the sector. It would deter new businesses from opening, they said, and would cause existing businesses to slash hours for employees.<p>So how are San Jose's businesses faring today? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57058 at http://kcur.org In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike In Las Vegas Shootings, Some Suspect Roots In Anti-Government Militias http://kcur.org/post/las-vegas-shootings-some-suspect-roots-anti-government-militias A married couple apparently killed two police officers and another woman in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, also killed in the shooting, appear to have held anti-government and anti-law enforcement views. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 57039 at http://kcur.org The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment http://kcur.org/post/divide-over-involuntary-mental-health-treatment The attacks near the University of California, Santa Barbara, are renewing focus on programs aimed at requiring treatment for people who are mentally ill as a way to prevent mass shootings and other violence.<p>In California, a 2002 law allows authorities to require outpatient mental health care for people who have been refusing it. Proponents argue that this kind of intervention could prevent violent acts.<p>But counties within the state have been slow to adopt the legislation, and mental health professionals are divided over its effects.<p><strong>Do Family And Friends Know Best? Thu, 29 May 2014 06:57:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 56488 at http://kcur.org The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment Retiring Columbine Principal Turned Guilt Into Action http://kcur.org/post/retiring-columbine-principal-turned-guilt-action Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Today is Graduation Day at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. And, of course, it will be an emotional time for the school's principal, Frank DeAngelis. He'll be giving his final sendoff to a senior class. Mr. DeAngelis is retiring at the end of this school year. He's one of just a few staffers who stayed on at Columbine after the 1999 mass shootings there. Fifteen people died, including the two gunmen, who were also students. As NPR's Kirk Siegler reports, the massacre and the school's response to it defined Mr. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 56268 at http://kcur.org Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires http://kcur.org/post/ahead-wildfire-season-scientists-study-what-fuels-fires <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY-aH1XYoIc</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 55503 at http://kcur.org Ahead Of Wildfire Season, Scientists Study What Fuels Fires Sterling's Tarnished History Of Alleged Discrimination http://kcur.org/post/sterlings-tarnished-history-alleged-discrimination Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been at the heart of racial controversies before.<p>Sterling, one of the longest-tenured owners of an NBA franchise, is alleged to have made racist comments in an audio tape that was first posted by the celebrity gossip site TMZ.<p>He is also a prominent real estate mogul in LA who, ironically, has been honored for his philanthropy by the local NAACP.<p>The NBA says it will announce findings Tuesday afternoon from its investigation into the controversy.<p><strong>A Fortune In Real Estate</strong><p>Forbes has estimated Donald Sterling's net worth Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54922 at http://kcur.org Sterling's Tarnished History Of Alleged Discrimination Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought http://kcur.org/post/fields-and-farm-jobs-dry-californias-worsening-drought On a recent afternoon on the main drag of Orange Cove, Calif., about a dozen farm workers gather on the sidewalk in front of a mini-mart<em></em>.<p>One man sits on a milk crate sipping a beer. A few others scratch some lotto tickets. Salvador Perez paces back and forth with his hands stuffed in the pockets of his jeans.<p>If there is no water, there's no work, he says in Spanish.<p>Perez was laid off when the citrus farmer he worked for ran out of water. He has five kids to support, and though the family is on unemployment, it's about to run out. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54544 at http://kcur.org Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought Watchdog's New Target: Embattled LA Sheriff's Department http://kcur.org/post/la-countys-new-watchdog-may-not-have-much-bite The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is one of the nation's most troubled law enforcement agencies.<p>Eighteen current and former deputies <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=249920055">are facing felony charges</a> as part of a federal probe into allegations of widespread prisoner abuse in county jails. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54482 at http://kcur.org Watchdog's New Target: Embattled LA Sheriff's Department Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis http://kcur.org/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 20:07:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 54353 at http://kcur.org Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting http://kcur.org/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 11:52:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53735 at http://kcur.org In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security http://kcur.org/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 20:45:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 53712 at http://kcur.org Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops http://kcur.org/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 08:31:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 52923 at http://kcur.org Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court http://kcur.org/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 09:17:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 52805 at http://kcur.org Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans http://kcur.org/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 51954 at http://kcur.org Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' http://kcur.org/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 51486 at http://kcur.org LA Mayor: 'The Basics Have Been Neglected For Too Long' Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm http://kcur.org/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. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 50851 at http://kcur.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm Oil Train Derailments Spur Calls For Safety Measures http://kcur.org/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 50649 at http://kcur.org Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price http://kcur.org/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 50552 at http://kcur.org Commuting To Distant Oil Fields: Good Money, At A Price On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything http://kcur.org/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 50429 at http://kcur.org On The Plains, The Rush For Oil Has Changed Everything Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists http://kcur.org/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 49055 at http://kcur.org Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection http://kcur.org/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 48975 at http://kcur.org A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department http://kcur.org/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 10:08:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 48204 at http://kcur.org Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department