Shaylon Cochran

News Reporter

Shaylon Cochran has been reporting on local government, energy, fishing and everything in between for KDLL since 2011. He earned a degree in journalism from Iowa State University and worked in radio news at KNIA/KRLS in Pella, Iowa, before visiting Alaska in 2010 and deciding this was the place to be. His work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition and been recognized with awards from the Alaska Press Club. When he's not hosting the KDLL Evening News or the Kenai Conversation, you can usually find him biking or skiing around local trails, looking for his dog or sampling the latest from one of the peninsula's many fine breweries.

Peninsula Community Health Services

A lot has changed in healthcare in Dr. Peter Hansen’s 51 years practicing family medicine in Kenai. During this special Spring Membership Drive edition of Kenai Fresh Air, we talk with Dr. Hansen about his first trip to Alaska in the early 1960's, starting his own family practice in Kenai and the legacy of the Hansen name in Kenai.


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The classic musical Mary Poppins will have its first stage showing at Nikiski High School this weekend.


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The Soldotna city council has a new member. Seat F has been vacant for nearly a month, following the resignation of Keith Baxter, who recently moved to Anchorage for a new job.

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The Eastern Peninsula Road Service Area will be staffed this year. The area was created by the borough last year and serves emergency response needs on the eastern Peninsula along the Seward highway from Hope to Moose Pass and Cooper Landing.

The Soldotna city council will vote for one of two candidates to fill a recently-vacated council seat when it meets Wednesday.

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An analysis of what’s needed to remodel the Kenai airport is finished and last week, the city council approved spending an extra $268,000 for the design phase.

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With the growth of agriculture on the Kenai Peninsula, the next opportunity could be agritourism. Margaret Adsit, founder of Alaska Farm Tours in Palmer, was in Soldotna Thursday to give local growers some insight into another way to get people to their products.

 

 

 

A lot of planning goes into drawing visitors to the Kenai. This week, we dive into some of the challenges and opportunities for marketing the peninsula across the country.


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Among other changes planned for highway travel through Cooper Landing, a speed limit change could also be on the horizon.

 

If the final picture of what next year’s borough budget will look like isn’t clear, at least the points of debate are coming into focus.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There seems to be no end in sight for the growth of craft brewing. But how much beer do you have to make before it’s not so crafty any more? KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran had that question in mind when he spoke with Doug Hogue from Kenai River Brewing about the newest member of the team.

 


 

The stage continues to be set for a debate over the borough budget. Mayor Charlie Pierce introduced an ordinance recently that he says would balance the borough’s $4 milion budget gap and when the assembly meets in Seward next week, it will take up an amendment to that ordinance.

 

 


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After more than a year of legal wrangling, the borough’s invocation policy was center stage for oral arguments in Alaska Superior Court Wednesday. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with Peninsula Clarion reporter Elizabeth Earl, who was in court Wednesday to hear the arguments.


 

The Soldotna city council voted to ban single-use disposable plastic bags at its meeting Wednesday night. There was little pushback on what has been, in other corners of the peninsula, a controversial issue.

 


 

 

Between trying to incorporate and trying to prepare for a possible natural gas project, there is a lot happening in Nikiski these days. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll get a North Road update and speak with Stacy Oliva and Dan Gregory with Incorporate Nikiski, and Nikiski's representative on the borough assembly Wayne Ogle.

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association are facing charges related to sexual abuse committed by a former hockey coach.

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The city of Kenai harbor commission is looking into creating calmer waters come fishing season. Commission members lobbied the city council to create a no wake zone near the mouth of the Kenai river, both for safety and to help mitigate potential erosion during high tides.

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This week, the Pebble Mine and what it might mean for the Kenai.

 

 

 

 


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There will be a more rigorous process for appealing some city decisions for Kenai residents. The council approved changes to city code that lay out who has good standing for such appeals.

 

 


 

 

 

Borough mayor Charlie Pierce is working to put together a balanced budget that doesn’t include new taxes. The borough faces a roughly $4 million shortfall for fiscal year 2019. The assembly was set to vote on a pair of items Tuesday night intended to fill that gap, but that won’t happen until next month when the assembly gets a first official look at the mayor’s budget.

 


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After electing officers and getting off the ground last month, the Alaska Liquified Natural Gasline Project Advisory Committee dug in for a full round of discussions Monday evening in Nikiski. The group is working fast to give as much local input as possible to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation before it starts seeking permits.

 

 


State of Alaska

 

House District 31 will have another challenger for Representative Paul Seaton this fall. Robert Ruffner, currently a member of the state Board of Fisheries, filed to run last week.

City of Soldotna

 

Residents on the outskirts of Soldotna wondering if the city is going to move ahead with annexation will have to wait a bit longer.

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After 15 years and millions of meals for residents, Linda Swarner is retiring from the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. But retirement may be too strong a word when you’re talking about serving the public.

 

 


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The Alaska Supreme Court occasionally takes its act on the road, traveling to high schools around the state, giving students a peek at the inner workings of the state’s highest court.

 

 


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