Jenny Neyman

General Manager

Jenny Neyman has been the general manager of KDLL since 2017. Before that she was a reporter and the Morning Edition host at KDLL.
She also worked in print journalism for 15 years, including 7.5 years as owner, publisher and editor of the Redoubt Reporter community newspaper in the central Kenai Peninsula.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and grew up listening to KSTK public radio in Wrangell, AK.

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KDLL operated a Halloween halibut fishing pond at Tsalteshi Trails' Spook Night event Sunday. In between reeling in a prize, kids visited with KDLL's Jenny Neyman about costumes, catch strategies and, of course, candy. Thanks to all the trick-or-treaters who braved the microphone and to the parents who interpreted for their shy ghosts and goblins.

Join Bill for a tour of Cooper Landing Brewing, a taste of brewing science and a talk about taboo beer labels.

Doug Armstrong, Jim Bennett, Wally Hufford and Julie Stephens spent 11 days paddling down the Alatna River in Gates of the Arctic National Park in July, and they join KDLL Adventure Talks for an hour talk about planning and packing for the packraft trip.
 

They'll share photos and stories from the trip during a live presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Come ask questions, check out their gear and maybe get an idea for an adventure of your own.

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The school district is getting a jump on budgeting for next year, and it’s starting out on a low note.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is bracing for the loss of about 100 students from its projected enrollment this year. That will mean more than empty seats on the bus or fewer sandwiches in the lunch line. Since most state funding is allocated per student, that means less money than the district expected for next year’s budget.

Though this school year is only a couple of months old, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting a jump on planning next year’s budget, and wants the community to help.

The district is holding community budget meetings at 22 schools at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Superintendent Sean Dusek will give an overview of the budget via teleconference, then each site will go into more detail about that school’s budget.

As the Alaska Board of Fisheries begins its work session in Anchorage today, it will consider requests from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and cities of Kenai and Soldotna to meet on the Kenai Peninsula in the future.

The board considers Upper Cook Inlet management issues every three years. It’s going on 20 years since the board held a full meeting on the central peninsula, despite being home to some of the largest salmon-producing rivers and associated fisheries in the region.

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Sterling Elementary School was in lockdown mode Friday afternoon after video footage showed a male intruder pulling a fire alarm and hiding in a restroom.  

No one was hurt in the incident and the man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers.

Two people died in a car crash Saturday morning that also closed the Seward Highway near Hope for nearly four hours.

As part of KDLL’s fall membership drive, we’re featuring KDLL’s original feature shows.

Here are excerpts from Kenai Garden Talk, Adventure Talks and Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell.

For KDLL's special membership drive edition of Peninsula Performance Today, we put central Kenai Peninsula musicians center stage.

Featured in this show:

Tomoka Raften, performing “Earth” by Takatsugu Muramatsu in a concert for the wedding of Renee Henderson, retired choir teacher at Kenai Central High School.

Raften in a quartet with her students Katie Stoll, Ruth Pearson and Kailey Mucha, performing “Arcadia.”

Kyle Schneider, choir teacher at Homer High School, singing an aria from Il Trovatore by Giuseppi Verdi

For KDLL's special membership drive edition of Peninsula Performance Today, we put central Kenai Peninsula musicians center stage.

Featured in this show is a Performing Arts Society season preview, with jazz from Karen Strid, of Homer, and a violin encore by Linda Rosenthal.

And highlights from a concert at the wedding of Renee Henderson, retired choir teacher at Kenai Central High School, including:
Deb Sounart, trumpet and flugelhorn, accompanied by Tom Hooglum

This is the Kenai Writer's Almanac for Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, featuring early land titles in Kenai, as well as “Shifting Seasons," a poem by Gaye LaRane, of Kenai, and "The Morning Commute," by Marilyn Wheeless, of Kenai.

The Kenai Writer's Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, featuring a history of Binkley Street.

Also, “Last Rose of Summer," a poem by "Dave Thompson, of Kenai, and "Monkeyshines," by Brent Johnson, of Clam Gulch.

In KDLL's special membership drive edition of the Kenai Cafe, we feature Kenai Peninsula musicians. Tune in and just try not to tap your feet. Thanks to co-hosts Marion Nelson, Janell Grenier and Peter Ehrhardt.

Music featured in this show:

“Justice in the Midnight Sun, 3 Above, Soldotna

Darren Smith, singer/ guitarist/songwriter; Nuson Smith, drummer; Ryan Gamble, bass/backing vocals

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“Walking Each Other Home,” by Bonnie Nichols, Soldotna

Join Bill for a visit to the Kenai Peninsula Brewing and Tasting Society, a toast to the IPA, the latest beer gear and a discussion on brewery taprooms.

More information on the Kenai Peninsula Brewing and Tasting Society here: https://www.meetup.com/The-Kenai-Peninsula-Brewing-and-Tasting-Society/

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Sink your teeth into one of fall’s tastiest treats, cozy up for fall with a different kind of fleece and take a walk on the wild side with local plants that can be used for medicinal purposes.

Links in this episode:

O'Brien Garden and Trees:
https://www.facebook.com/obriengardenandtrees/

The Alpaca Guy:
http://www.thealpacaguy.com/

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

Join Bill for a taste of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, a look at the Oktoberfest style and thoughts on what makes a good beer festival. 

Breweries/wineries mentioned in this podcast:
Jed Wade, Bearpaw River Brewing Co.

Gene Diamond, Specialty Imports of Alaska

June Gerteisen, Arkos Brewery

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It’s harvest time on the central Kenai Peninsula. But what to do with all that garden goodness? On today’s show, we’ll turn flowers into food, follow food from the high tunnel to the soup pot at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and we’ll grill local chef Willow King for a quick-and-easy preparation for fresh, local produce.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service fireweed recipes

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

This month, Bill storms against the shaker pint, previews the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, interviews HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks — which will be represented at the festival — and offers a primer of the porter. Cheers!

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We've got tips on what to do with spruce tips, a food guide that makes harvesting local produce way easier than growing it yourself, greenhouse grow boxes that'll about raise the roof, and there are some farmers who are loving the cool, wet weather this year. Thanks to our guests, Jacki Michels, Marcia Kardatzke, Wayne and Patti Floyd of Cool Cache Farms and Heidi Chay with the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District.

True Tales, Told Live is a storytelling group in the central Kenai Peninsula. Participants tell a true story, live, with no notes, based on the night's theme. The fifth storytelling event was held June 2 at Odie's in Soldotna, with the theme of "Nature vs. Not Sure." This is Part 2, with additional stories from the Scary Stories event in October.

True Tales, Told Live is a storytelling group in the central Kenai Peninsula. Participants tell a true story, live, with no notes, based on the night's theme. The fifth storytelling event was held June 2 at Odie's in Soldotna, with the theme of "Nature vs. Not Sure."

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A wildland fire broke out on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge just north of Sterling on Thursday evening. As of 10 p.m., the East Fork Fire was estimated to be roughly 150 acres in size. 

Photo by Jenny Neyman

9 p.m. update:

Don't have your own garden but still want to eat fresh and local? Never fear — farmers markets and the Kenai Food Hub are here. While you're at it, get the dirt on how to maintain healthy dirt. And Brenda Adams, author of “Cool Plants for Cold Climates,” offers advice to avoid the perils of impulse planting.

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