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With a field of more than 20 teams, the Tustumena 200 sled dog race is just around the corner. For a second straight year, there’s been plenty of snow and race director Tami Murray says they’ve added a third checkpoint in the race that takes teams from Ninilchik to McNeil Canyon School in Homer and back through the Caribou Hills.

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The Kenai city council approved another small step forward for the city’s long awaited bluff stabilization project at its meeting Wednesday. The council approved spending $1 million in support of the pre-construction engineering and design phase of the project.

Rumors at Soldotna Prep and then social media posts about Soldotna High School had school administrators, and ultimately law enforcement, on high alert Wednesday and Thursday because of the threat of gun violence.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Communications Director Pegge Erkeneff said students at Soldotna Preparatory School first alerted their school office of the rumors advising students to stay home on Thursday.

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In theatre, sometimes it’s necessary to improvise. That was the case when it came time to write a one-act play about George M. Cohan, himself a famous playwright from the early 20th century, whose work is still being performed today.

Fishermen of all stripes struggled during another down year in 2018. While the numbers look a bit better heading into 2019, especially for Cook Inlet sockeye, the overall trend isn't a positive one. On this week's conversation, long time setnetter Ken Coleman talks about how that corner of the fishing community has had to adapt and what policies will help sustain the fishery.

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KDLL Membership Drive Programs

Show off your culinary prowess in KDLL's Pickle Cooking Contest, part of our Picklefest Party annual membership meeting from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

1. Bring a dish involving pickles to KDLL's Picklefest. It can be an appetizer, soup, entree, bread, dessert — your imagination is the limit, as long as pickles are among the ingredients.

2. Portion your dish so it can serve at least 30 tasting portions.

Many thanks to Nelson Kempf and Keeley Boyle for performing live in the studio for our Fall Membership Drive. You can find their music on iTunes (and in the audio file below).

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Kenai Conversation

This week on the Kenai Conversation, we talk about the 8th Annual Project Homeless Connect with guests Maggie Winston and Kelly Bartelmay of the Soldotna Independent Living Center, and Ashley Blatchford of the Leeshore Center. Project Homeless Connect will be on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Center.

On the Kenai Conversation this week, John and Sharon Williams, who just celebrated 50 years of marriage, talk about their Kenai adventure. 

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KDLL Podcasts

In "Music, Music for Everyone," by Vera B. Williams, Rosa's grandma is sick and must stay upstairs in bed. After school, Rosa and her friends play music for Grandma. She says their playing makes her feel like a girl again, dancing at a party. And that is the beginning of Rosa's wonderful idea.

Sally Cassano reads "Princess Smartypants" by Babette Cole and "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood.


Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married, she'd rather live with her pets. When commanded to find a husband, she uses all her wits to outsmart her suitors.


In the napping house is a cozy bed piled high with a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat and a slumbering mouse. All is at peace until the appearance of an unexpected visitor, and before you know it no one is sleeping.

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