Kirk Siegler http://aspenpublicradio.org en Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/embattled-montana-senator-silent-plans After cancelling a string of campaign events and fundraisers this week, Montana Democrat John Walsh announced Thursday that he would drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.<p>"I am ending my campaign so that I can focus on fulfilling the responsibility entrusted to me as your U.S. senator," Walsh said in a statement. "You deserve someone who will always fight for Montana, and I will."<p>He will serve out the remainder of his Senate term, which expires in Jan. 2015.<p>Walsh, who was appointed to the seat in February, had been trying to regain his footing after a plagiarism scandal. Thu, 07 Aug 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 22703 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Embattled Montana Senator Withdraws From Race Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/three-years-utahs-immigrant-guest-worker-law-still-stalled At the Utah State Capitol, a mural of Brigham Young and the first Mormon pioneers brings some color to the building's spartan rotunda. Beneath it is a more modern sculpture — a woman walking forward with her son, who's holding a globe.<p>Underneath the statue are the words "Immigration and Settlement." The symbolism isn't lost on state House Speaker Becky Lockhart.<p>"Utah is a place that understands the value of immigration, the value of peoples coming to find a better life," she says, pointing up at the sculpture.<p>"We've always believed ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 22402 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Three Years On, Utah's Immigrant Guest Worker Law Still Stalled Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/dressing-t-rex-all-part-job <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=Dressing+Up+As+A+T-Rex+Is+All+Part+Of+The+Job&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Our theme music is by B.J. Leiderman. This summer, we're profiling young people with unusual jobs. So let's introduce to you now to a man who gets paid full-time to dress up as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:15:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 22150 at http://aspenpublicradio.org As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam http://aspenpublicradio.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 21710 at http://aspenpublicradio.org As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam Truckers Strike At 2 Calif. Ports, Larger Labor Dispute Looms http://aspenpublicradio.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 21187 at http://aspenpublicradio.org