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Just from looking at the crowd gathered outside the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Sunday morning, you’d have no idea that temperatures were in the twenties. Frost covered the grass, and a large number of people in the crowd were wearing nothing but shorts and light shirts. Granted, though, most of them were about to run at least 13 miles.

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Alaska’s State Balladeer announced last week he’s been diagnosed with end-stage cancer.

James Varsos, best known to Alaska and the world as “Hobo Jim,” said his cancer is untreatable and that doctors told him he has three to six months to live.


Photo: Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media

Real estate agents can often take a breather after the summer, when the busy season slows.

And this year's busy season was busier than ever, as buyers outnumbered listings and house prices shot through the roof.

While the market isn't quite as chaotic as it was earlier in the summer, Soldotna real estate agent Marti Pepper said those trends are still lingering as fall begins. And she doesn't see a huge correction coming any time soon.

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School boards around the country have been in the spotlight throughout the pandemic, amid heated conversations about COVID-19 and mitigation protocols in schools.

That’s been true in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. And it’s partly what’s inspired some candidates to run for school board this election cycle.

City of Kenai

Five candidates are vying for the two open seats on the Kenai City Council this October.

KDLL has been interviewing the candidates for that race and other municipal races on Kenai Conversation. You can play those interviews online any time and learn where the candidates stand on city issues — including COVID-19 relief funds, bluff erosion and economic development.

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Kenai Conversation

Elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are around the corner. This week, we're talking to candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. 

Brent Hibbert is running unopposed for the District 1 seat, representing Kalifornsky. Kenn Carpenter is running to keep his District 6 seat for the eastern peninsula. Cindy Ecklund is challenging him for that seat.

Municipal elections in the Kenai Peninsula Borough are around the corner.

This week and last week, we spoke with the candidates for the three open seats on the Soldotna City Council.

Dan Nelson is running for Seat C and joins us in the studio. Erick Hugarte is also running for the seat. He did not respond to requests for an interview.

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KDLL Feature Shows

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.

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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!

On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, aging beer in whisky barrels is a great way to add class to craft brews. Plus, Bill checks in on the new location for Bearpaw River Brewing Co. in Wasilla, the new construction for Grace Ridge Brewing Co. in Homer and the newcomer brewery to the peninsula’s beer scene — Stoney Creek Brewhouse in Seward.

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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