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An Alaska energy company wants to build its biggest solar panel farm yet on the Kenai Peninsula. First, it’s asking the Kenai Peninsula Borough for a tax exemption, which it says will help it produce energy for less.


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ATVs will soon have the greenlight to drive on many Alaska roads. 

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration passed a set of regulations to allow all-purpose vehicles on roadways where speed limits are 45 miles per hour or less. The new regulations go into effect Jan. 1, 2022.

Courtesy of Dan Olsen / North Gulf Oceanic Society

Scientists in Homer and Seward have spent the last several decades tracking a population of mammal-eating killer whales called the Chugach Transients in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mitch Michaud

You might see smoke coming from parts of the Chugach National Forest this week and next.

But it’s no cause for alarm. The Forest Service said it’s burning slash piles in Cooper Landing and Moose Pass, partly in an effort to mitigate the local spruce bark beetle problem.

Courtesy of ShakeOut.org

Each year, Alaskans drop, cover and hold for a minute as part of the Great Alaska ShakeOut — an earthquake drill held across the state each third Thursday in October.

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Kenai Conversation

What does it mean to shop mindfully? Why buy from local producers? How does conscious consumerism foster community?

Our guests today are the team behind the Mindful Living Collective, a new effort focused on mindful consumption. They’re planning to open a new grocery store space in Soldotna.

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For most of us, COVID has meant life, work and social interruptions, logistical hurdles, stress, cumulative days lost to Zoom meetings and, hopefully, physically, nothing more than temporary flu symptoms. But for some of our family, friends and neighbors, a struggle with COVID has been life or death.
That was the case for Roger and Jodi Helvie, of Soldotna. Eleven months after coming down with COVID, they're finally on the other side, getting back to life in their new normal.
Thanks to the Helvies for sharing their story.

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KDLL Feature Shows

September 2021: Don't sip standing up

Sep 25, 2021

For this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill does a deep dive into the wild world of quirky alcohol laws, plus a plug for better alcohol education, a look at the pilsner beer style and a visit with Adam Keele of Lat 65 Brewing Co. in Fairbanks. Cheers!
 

August 2021: Beer fests are back

Aug 27, 2021
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Cheers to the return of beer festivals! Bill visits with brewers at the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival on Aug. 14 in Soldotna, as well as Black Spruce Brewing Company and Dr. Fermento himself, James Roberts. Plus, fall for the Oktoberfest beer style.

Courtesy Soldotna Rotary

Outdoor, in-person beer festivals return after the dark year of COVID, including the 10th annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival. Bill gets an update from KP beerfest organizer Matt Pyhala and muses on what makes a good beer festival (hint: quality, not quantity). Plus, interviews with Girdwood Brewing and Darcy Kniefel, with the 2021 Alaska Craft Brew Festival, on July's Drinking on the Last Frontier.
Cheers!

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KDLL/Kenai Fine Arts Center April Art Auction

Bid online for local art to brighten your space!

Breakup in Alaska is not the most beautiful time of year. KDLL and the Kenai Fine Art Center can help! We’re holding an art auction to give us something beautiful to see until spring really does spring forth on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Artwork is on display at Veronica’s Café in Kenai through April, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.

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Airfare for Airwaves Raffle

Tune in, Oct 29-30