Jay Barrett

Morning Edition host/news reporter

Born in Dillingham, Jay Barrett started in public radio at the age of 12, when the school district there started KDLG-AM. He has gone on to work in radio, television and print as a reporter, photographer and editor/news-director across rural Alaska. For the past dozen years, he’s been news director at KMXT Kodiak, where he’s produced The Alaska Fisheries Report for the last 10 years. He returns to KDLL 20 years from when he first came to the station.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released nearly 200 more “data requests” regarding aspects of the AK LNG project. 

Many of the questions posed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation seek more detailed information about such things as preserving permafrost along the pipeline from the North Slope, plans for creating 29 camps for construction crews and the methods planned for crossing rivers along the way. 

Say goodbye to the invasive northern pike that have taken over eight lakes and their connecting streams in the Tote Road area about five miles south of Soldotna. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week that it will begin applying the fish-killing pesticide Rotenone in them on Monday (Oct. 8).

In an announcement, the Department notes that Rotenone is safe and cost efficient. In fact, it has been used in numerous lakes around the Central Kenai Peninsula to successfully cleanse them of northern pike.

An Anchorage man was arrested in Kenai Saturday night after allegedly going out on the town without any clothes on. The 36-year-old reportedly had tried to enter an unidentified place of business. 

According to a release, the Kenai Police Department received notice just before 10 p.m. that the man was nude. Upon arriving, the officers found the man leaving the business and heading toward a nearby apartment complex.

 

Borough voters roundly rejected a bond measure to pay for a new school in Kachemak-Selo during municipal elections Tuesday.

Two people suffered knife wounds -- one seriously -- during a Friday evening drug-related incident in Kenai.

The two victims were not identified, but both were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for their injuries, one described in a Kenai Police Department release as "life threatening."

Also unidentified was the alleged assailant, a 17-year-old who was remanded to the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility on seven counts, including two for assault in the second degree, four for assault in the third degree and one for reckless driving.

Betty Epps Arnett

  Twice a year the various local historical societies get together for a group meeting, where among other agenda items, they will hear a presentation about the Jesse Lee Home.

Jeanette Pedginski is an organizer for Saturday's event, which she says will feature a talk by Betty Epps Arnett and how she came to Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

It's municipal election day in the Central Kenai Peninsula, and there are plenty of choices on the ballot.

Or not as many, depending on where you live.

For example, both Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblymen Brent Hibbert and Kenn Carpenter, representing Districts 1 and 6 respectively, are running for reelection unopposed.

Willy Dunne is the only one of the three assemblymen with a challenger -- the Homer assemblyman faces Troy Jones in District 9.

  You know how we all mumble a bit beneath our breath when we see road work ahead and a flagger stopping a long line of cars during road construction season - especially when we’re at the back of the line? Frustrating, yes, and this year it seems to be happening everywhere you turn in the Central Kenai Peninsula. But being glass-half-full kind of people here at public radio, we’re looking for the positive spin, of which there are a surprising number. The most surprising number is: $109 million, which is what’s being spent on state roads in the Central Peninsula.

Municipal elections are coming up Tuesday, and in the run-up to Oct. 2, KDLL has been bringing you conversations with candidates seeking office from the various jurisdictions. Wednesday on the Kenai Conversation, the three candidates for the Kenai City Council’s two open seats joined host Jay Barrett for an hourlong talk about the city’s future and their role in it.

In this excerpt, the three, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II discuss the business environment in the city.

 

With less than a week to go before the Kenai Peninsula's municipal elections, host Jay Barrett welcomes to the Kenai Conversation the three candidates for the two available seats on the Kenai City Council, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. In Kenai, council members are elected at-large, so the top two vote-getters will be seated. Election day is Oct. 2.

Central Peninsula Hospital

  A week from today Central Peninsula Hospital is having a somewhat unique event: Drive Thru Flu Vaccinations.

From 3 to 5:30 on Oct. 3, adults can get this year's influenza shot without even leaving their car. And on top of that, it's free on a first come, first served basis as long as supplies last.

ADOT

The lingering late-summer weather has allowed contractors to make good headway on Central Peninsula highway work this month, some of which was suspended during the height of RV Season.

“We’re having incredibly good weather for this additional work. A lot of projects were able to get underway," said DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy in Anchorage.

"But it is real nice to get a jump on it and take advantage of the great weather while the traffic volumes are a little lower.”

The sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Week kicks off on Friday. On this week's Kenai Conversation join host Jay Barrett as he learns more from organizers Heidi Chay, George Spady, Bryce Wrigley and Eliza Eller.

The Alaska Division of Elections has finalized its results from last month's primary elections, which cleared up two races in the Central Peninsula.

In Senate District O, incumbent Peter Micciche came from behind and averted a huge upset against unknown political newcomer Ron Gillham. It took Micciche the absentee and questioned ballots to win, but he collected 50.62 percent of the vote to Gillham's 49.38 percent.

Rental vacancies in Alaska rose for the second year in a row in fiscal year 2018, according to figures released by the state Labor Department. Likely factors they say is the continuing trend of people leaving Alaska because of the ongoing recession.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough, at $980, saw no change in adjusted median rent between 2017 and 2018. Adjusted rent includes all utilities whether they are included in the base rent or not.

Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District

    When the sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Week takes place in the Central Kenai Peninsula, there’ll be a new group activity to look forward too.

In addition to the two walking tours in search of wild edibles, the keynote address from Delta Junction barley farmer Bryce Wrigley, and an all-day party at Soldotna Creek Park, the whole thing will kick off this year with a guided tour of three farms.

On Tuesday night Alaska State Troopers were summoned to Duke Street in Nikiski after reports of a verbal disturbance.

According to an online dispatch, after an investigation the troopers arrested 41-year-old Michael Ohms on two charges of animal cruelty, violating a protective order, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Efforts continue to locate a Wisconsin man who went missing when his boat capsized on the Kenai River Monday evening.

The missing man was identified by Alaska State Troopers as 68-year-old Daniel Hass of Algoma, Wisconsin.

Two other men were rescued after their boat overturned near Moose Medows. Troopers ID'd them as 68-year-old Charles Bohman and 64-year-old Lawrence Paul, both also of Algoma.

A Kenai man found himself a guest of the state Monday night after enjoying the view of the Kenai River from the wrong place.

At about 6:41 the Kenai Police Department received a report of a man sitting on the railing of the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge over the Kenai River just south of downtown. The concerned caller requested a welfare check on the man.

When officers arrived, they found 57-year-old Terre (terry) Sam Jones riding the rail.

The close state house and senate races on the Kenai Peninsula are are yet to be certified, but the leads have flipped with the counting of absentee and questioned ballots.

This year Alaska’s largest telecom company has increased the amount of money it’s contributing to suicide prevention programs around the state. In a grant administered by the Alaska Community Foundation, 10 organizations around the state, including Kenai, will split the $130,000 from GCI.

Last year the company launched the Suicide Prevention Grant Program with $100,000. Kate Slyker, GCI’s chief marketing officer, said the response then was overwhelming, and the company looks forward to an even larger impact this year.

It looks like there's suddenly plenty of fishing opportunity on the Kenai River. Not only has fishing for red salmon reopened on Thursday last week, but Fish and Game says the other shades of salmon are plentiful as well.

Fishing for silver salmon has been reported as good, with additional catch of pinks also being caught.

  On this week’s Kenai Conversation we welcome retired Mayor John Williams and former Councilman Duane Bannock to the microphones to analyze Tuesday’s Primary Election.  

From the ‘Better Late than Never’ files we have this item: sockeye salmon fishing on the Kenai River will open once again this year.

The announcement came Tuesday afternoon from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after the escapement exceeded 900,000 late run red salmon passing the river mile 19 sonar.

Sports Fish Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller said the department was glad to be able to offer another opportunity for folks to fish for sockeye as the season winds down.

In what appears to be a major upset in yesterday's primary elections in Senate District O, political newcomer Ron Gillham has defeated incumbent Sen. Peter Micciche.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, figures from the Alaska Division of Elections show Gillham pulled in 2,575 votes in the closed Republican primary for 50.12 percent of the 5,138 votes cast.

Micciche was close behind with 2,563 votes for 49.88 percent.

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