KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler http://whqr.org en Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. http://whqr.org/post/bison-birth-control-and-island-southern-calif In an open-aired Jeep, it's a bone-jarring ride into Santa Catalina Island's vast interior. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:01:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 41373 at http://whqr.org Of Bison, Birth Control And An Island Off Southern Calif. Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms http://whqr.org/post/farm-laborers-get-foothold-their-own-organic-farms Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/20/151034145/rewash-that-pre-washed-bag-of-lettuce-dont-bother-probably">lettuce</a>, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:09:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 40655 at http://whqr.org Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside http://whqr.org/post/after-years-violence-las-watts-sees-crime-subside On most weeknights, in the middle of his shift, Los Angeles police officer Keith Mott trades his gun and uniform for a T-shirt and shorts, and heads to a park in the Watts neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He's there to coach 7- and 8-year-old boys on the Pop Warner Pee Wee football team, the Watts Bears.<p>The kids come from three nearby housing projects: Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and Imperial Courts. The park was carefully chosen. It's a neutral site for local gangs. Thu, 25 Jul 2013 07:41:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 40340 at http://whqr.org After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley http://whqr.org/post/summer-heat-tourists-sweat-smiles-death-valley It's no secret that Death Valley, Calif., is one of the hottest, most unforgiving places on Earth come summertime. July 10 is the 100th anniversary of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet — 134 degrees Fahrenheit — and the heat is drawing tourists from all over the world to Death Valley.<p>Like Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport, Death Valley becomes a melting pot of foreign accents. On a recent afternoon, Belgian tourist Yan Klassens admires the view of the Badlands from Zabriskie Point, describing it as "nice, awesome and colorful."<p>But the 122 degree heat?<p>"Oh! Warm. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:52:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 39567 at http://whqr.org Summer 'Heat Tourists' Sweat With Smiles In Death Valley Federal Investigators Probe Ariz. Fire That Killed 19 Hotshots http://whqr.org/post/federal-investigators-probe-ariz-fire-killed-19-hotshots Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>There were two very different scenes in Arizona yesterday - just 30 miles apart. From the air and from the ground, fire crews were still in a chaotic battle against the blaze that has become known as the Yarnell Hill Fire. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 08:52:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 39161 at http://whqr.org Shock Gives Way To Sadness In Deaths Of 19 Firefighters http://whqr.org/post/shock-gives-way-sadness-deaths-19-firefighters Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. In Arizona, shock is giving way to sadness and deep appreciation for the 19 firefighters killed battling the Yarnell Hill wildfire on Sunday. A candlelight vigil is being held this evening in the city of Prescott, home of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. All of the firefighters killed were part of that unit. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:51:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 39147 at http://whqr.org Colorado Springs Learns To Live With Fire http://whqr.org/post/colorado-springs-learns-live-fire Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Colorado is often the site of devastating forest fires, but the city of Colorado Springs has been hit particularly hard as of late. In the span of just one year, more than 800 homes have been destroyed from wildfires in and around the city. This time last year, it was the Waldo Canyon fire, and now it's the Black Forest fire. NPR's Kirk Siegler spent the week in Colorado Springs and sent this report.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: For the second year in a row, the Colorado Springs area has been beset by large, destructive wildfires. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 11:38:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 38288 at http://whqr.org Rain, Cooler Weather Slow Colorado Fire http://whqr.org/post/rain-cooler-weather-slow-colorado-fire Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. In Colorado, cooler weather and some rain has helped crews begin to get a handle on the Black Forest fire that's burning just north of Colorado Springs. Yesterday, several thousand people were allowed back into their homes, but an estimated 30,000 people remain evacuated from the area.<p>The blaze has claimed two lives, and it has destroyed at least 473 homes. Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 38242 at http://whqr.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire http://whqr.org/post/rail-project-la-port-draws-environmental-group-ire In California, a high-profile lawsuit is seeking to halt construction of a new $500 million rail yard next to the Port of Los Angeles. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:57:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 37885 at http://whqr.org Rail Project At Los Angeles Port Draws Environmentalists' Ire Baptist Church In Oklahoma Churns Out Meals For Victims http://whqr.org/post/baptist-church-oklahoma-churns-out-meals-victims Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Hundreds of volunteers have come to Moore, Okla., this week to help the community after Monday's deadly tornado. Some people are cleaning debris, others are bringing out water and supplies to people whose lives have been turned upside down. Sat, 25 May 2013 09:55:00 +0000 KUNC-FM: Kirk Siegler 37044 at http://whqr.org