Kirk Siegler As a correspondent on NPR's national desk, Kirk Siegler covers rural life, culture and politics from his base in Boise, Idaho.
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Friday

The Great Salt Lake is roughly 8-9 feet lower than it should be. A snowy winter recently has helped lake levels some. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Climate change and a population boom could dry up the Great Salt Lake in 5 years

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Friday

Busses connecting skiers to resorts in Utah's famous Big and Little Cottonwood canyons have been severely cut back due to driver shortages. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Utah's solution to ski traffic snarl? Build the world's longest gondola

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Monday

Why lawmakers in Idaho want to ban public drag shows

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Friday

Daranda Hinkey, a member of People of Red Mountain, in Humboldt County, Nev., on July 2, 2022. The planned Thacker Pass lithium mine in northern Nevada, the largest known lithium deposit in the United States, has drawn concerns and protests from environmental groups, Native American tribes and local ranchers. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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Tribes are suing to stop a proposed lithium mine in Nevada, saying the site is sacred

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Monday

Encore: Researchers in Brazil credit scientific discoveries to the power of sound

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Wednesday

Dr. Mary Williams opened Urgent and Primary Care of Clarksdale in 2018 to address historical gaps and disparities in health care in her Mississippi Delta hometown. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Brought 'to the brink' by the pandemic, a Mississippi clinic is rebounding strong

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Friday

Researchers in Brazil credit the power of sound for scientific discoveries

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Saturday

Brittney Griner returns back home to the United States

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Tuesday

Encore: Brazil's President-elect renews calls to crack down on Amazon deforestation

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Thursday

Police give few details on the apparent murders of four University of Idaho students

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Wednesday

Authorities investigate the deaths of 4 University of Idaho students

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Tuesday

Brazil's president-elect renews calls to crack down on deforestation in the Amazon

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Friday

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates gives an update about the ballot counting during a news conference at the Maricopa County Recorders Office in Phoenix, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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How Maricopa County defeated election disinformation — for now

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Saturday

A 23-year megadrought is endangering the agricultural economy in the Southwest

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