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A couple of systems over-escaped their sockeye salmon returns in the Central Kenai Peninsula this summer, as the Swan Lake Fire hampered both catching and managing fish on the Upper Kenai River. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released the figures in its 2019 summary of the fisheries last week
    The escapement goal for Russian River early-run sockeye salmon is a range of between 22,000-44,000 fish. The weir count on July 14 was 125,942 sockeye salmon, significantly exceeding the upper end of the biologic escapement goal.

The Soldotna city council strengthened rules for animal care inside city limits at its meeting last week.


University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen is losing support among faculty throughout the university system. The UAA Faculty Senate voted last week to recommend to the Board of Regents that Johnsen be suspended for his efforts to move the university toward a single accreditation, among other reasons. The Kenai Peninsula College Faculty Forum has already cast a vote of no confidence.


        The downtown Kenai post office has been festooned with signs for a week alerting customers to the dangers of identity theft.

The sign states that mail in trash and recycling containers had been emptied and sorted, with an unknown amount of discarded mail removed from the building — which is a federal crime.

Postal authorities warn that a great deal of personal information can be gleaned from credit card offers, bills, shipping documents, and sometimes, simply address labels, and that makes it a potential treasure trove for identity thieves.

        After a summer of fire closures, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening up personal use firewood collection starting on Tuesday.

Woodcutting will be permitting along Swan Lake, Swanson River and Funny River roads, within the Dolly Varden Campground, and the unburned areas within the Upper and Lower Skilak campgrounds.

All harvesting is limited to dead and downed trees within the designated areas, and no standing trees, dead or alive may be felled. No off-roading or ATVs are allowed.

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KDLL Membership Drive Programs

The Native inhabitants of the Kenai Peninsula before Western contact were masters at adapting to this land. Dr. Alan Boraas, anthropology professor at Kenai Peninsula College, presented “Yaghanen, The Time Before,” a discussion about the lives of the Dena’ina people who have lived and thrived here for a thousand years, to the Kasilof Regional Historical Association.

Kenai River Brewing

Kenai River Brewing shares its plans for reopening Kenai Joe's in a special, live segment of the show. And speaking of reopening, Barnaby Brewing in Juneau tells Bill about recovering from a fire that shut them down for about a year.

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Kenai Conversation

The Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families is a statewide organization that seeks to cut through the red tape for Alaskas veterans and military families as they seek to navigate the maze that are veteran benefits. Executive Director Megen James joins host Jay Barrett.

On the day after voters on the Kenai Peninsula went to the polls, hosts Shaylon Cochran and Jay Barrett welcome retiring Assemblyman Dale Bagley to the studio to recap a somewhat wild municipal election season.

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KDLL Podcasts

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill looks into the latest proposal to constrict activities at brewery tap rooms in Alaska, with guests Lee Ellis, president of the Brewers Guild of Alaska, and Doug Hogue, with Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill visits with Alaska brewing veterans Glacier Brewhouse and the newest kids on the brewing block — Lazy Mountain Brewing. Plus, a recap of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, a taste of the Oktoberfest beer style and a quick look at the art of the slow pour.

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KDLL Adventure Talks Oct 17: Hebridean Way

Tag along on a 250-mile cycling trip along the Scottish coast

See and hear about the trip at 6:30 p.m. Oct 17 at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center & tune in at 10 a.m. Oct 16 for an interview about planning