Kirk Siegler http://tpr.org en Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought http://tpr.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 30435 at http://tpr.org Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought Watchdog's New Target: Embattled LA Sheriff's Department http://tpr.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 30368 at http://tpr.org Watchdog's New Target: Embattled LA Sheriff's Department Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis http://tpr.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 20:23:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 30237 at http://tpr.org Unlikely Partnerships Spring From California Water Crisis Argument May Have Led To Fort Hood Shooting http://tpr.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 29558 at http://tpr.org In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security http://tpr.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 21:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 29529 at http://tpr.org Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops http://tpr.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 28582 at http://tpr.org Nevada Farmers Hack The Drought By Switching Up The Crops Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court http://tpr.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 09:24:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 28449 at http://tpr.org Calif. Fight Over Concealed Weapons Could Head To High Court Even After The Floods, The Drought Continues http://tpr.org/post/even-after-floods-drought-continues Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's some good news about the water situation in Northern California: More rain is falling today. San Francisco has seen eight inches over the past week and down south, L.A., has seen four. That's more rain than those two cities received over the whole past year. But the drought is still on and is still severe. And California's farmers are still looking at a bleak situation.<p>Here's NPR's Kirk Siegler.<p>JOE PALCA, BYLINE: Like most farmers in California's Central Valley, Dan Errotabere was elated by the recent rain. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 27764 at http://tpr.org Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers http://tpr.org/post/even-desert-drought-spells-trouble-ranchers In northern Nevada, a place famous for its wide, open spaces and expansive cattle operations, ranchers are in a bind due to the historic drought.<p>Much of the state is desert, so when people talk about drought, they're really talking about the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. It's at barely 20 percent of average.<p>This is a huge concern for farmers and ranchers like Julie Wolf, because the mountains store the snow that melts and feeds rivers and reservoirs. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 27590 at http://tpr.org Even In A Desert, Drought Spells Trouble For Ranchers Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans http://tpr.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 27502 at http://tpr.org Drought Could Dry Up Nevada Dairy Farmers' Expansion Plans