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Casey Lasota/Alaska Division of Forestry

At its start, the Alaska Division of Forestry focused in large part on managing forests for the state’s timber industry. Firefighting was a secondary focus.

But now, over 90 percent of the division’s budget goes toward fighting fires. And with the frequency and severity of wildland fires only expected to increase, officials say the division needs to further build up its capacity to ready for conditions ahead.

Photo: Sabine Poux/KDLL

Alaska’s schools have a hard time attracting and retaining teachers. That was the case even before the pandemic hit and upended education worldwide.

But the pandemic certainly hasn’t helped. And strains on staff from burnout and absenteeism are piling on the stress for a system already under pressure.

Aaron Bolton/KBBI

Updated 5:30 p.m. Friday

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is joining a crowded field of candidates for Alaska governor.

Pierce, a Republican, filed a letter of intent Thursday, according to an email from his chief of staff Aaron Rhoades to some borough employees. The Alaska Public Offices Commission said it received Pierce’s electronic letter of intent just after noon Friday.

Courtesy of Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska

State regulators doubled down Thursday on their refusal to investigate a 2016 fuel gas leak in Cook Inlet, capping a years-long disagreement with a former commissioner over the scope of the agency’s authority.

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As the City of Kenai waited for the pieces of its stabilization project to fall into place, property owners watched more and more of the bluff fall into the river. 

Now, the city said a large boost from the federal government brings it closer than ever to addressing the problem. Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Wednesday that the city is on the receiving end of $28 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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Kenai Conversation

Do you know the difference between a reel and a jig? A song and a tune?

Our guests today might be able to help you out. We have on the show Irish musicians John Walsh, Pat Broaders and Brenda Castles. They’re playing a traditional Irish music concert together on Jan. 21 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

This year marks 65 years since Alaska’s oil and gas industry got its start. The Swanson River Field, on the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula, was discovered in July 1957 — establishing Kenai as the oil capital of Alaska and setting the then-territory on its road to statehood.

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KDLL Feature Shows

New meets old in this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier. Crack open the history book on Alaskan Brewing Co., meet the newcomer to the Kenai Peninsula brewing scene, Stoney Creek BrewHouse in Seward, and the Boots to Brews program in Anchorage, to train vets into the brewing industry.


In this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill checks in on Cooper Landing Brewing Co. and King Street Brewing, plus food and beer pairing suggestions to help celebrate your holiday meals.

Thanks to Kenai Middle School teacher Brian Lyke and his language arts and drama students for studying the art of storytelling. Students were asked to tell a story about something scary that happened to them. Following are stories KDLL aired during our Fall Membership Drive on Oct. 30.

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KDLL/Kenai Fine Arts Center April Art Auction

The following requirements were developed by the KDLL Board of Directors for attendees of KDLL in-person music events:

    Please stay home if you don’t feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

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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KDLL Annual Membership Meeting

4-7 p.m. at the KDLL Studios

Join us!

KDLL Pickle Pets memberships

Show your pet's Pickle Hill pride by becoming a KDLL member!