Jenny Neyman

General Manager

Jenny Neyman has been the general manager of KDLL since 2017. Before that she was a reporter and the Morning Edition host at KDLL.
She also worked in print journalism for 15 years, including 7.5 years as owner, publisher and editor of the Redoubt Reporter community newspaper in the central Kenai Peninsula.
She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and grew up listening to KSTK public radio in Wrangell, AK.

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Though Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s loosened health mandates allow restaurants to open for dine-in service today, not many are immediately jumping on the opportunity. The allowance comes with a sheaf of regulations that some restaurants are finding challenging to meet.

Restaurant capacity has to be reduced to allow for social distancing. Only household members are allowed to sit at a table together and must be separated by 10 feet from other occupied tables.

Big Daddy’s Pizza on K-Beach Road switched to take-out and delivery orders only on March 18. Jake Perry works at Big Daddy’s. He said they’re revamping to allow customers to place and pick up orders inside if they would like, including a single slice to go, but they’re holding off on dine-in due to their small space.  

“Everyone’s kind of on the fence about what’s going on, everyone feels a little bit one side or the other. But we’re trying to do our best chance at not only protecting the community but protecting ourselves,” Perry said.

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Soldotna’s Music in the Park series will sound different than expected this year but the show might still go on.

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanon Davis spoke to the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday night. The chamber secured another $25,000 grant from the Levitt AMP Foundation to fund an expanded music series this summer, bringing in bands from outside the peninsula and Alaska. But with the uncertainty of the pandemic, the chamber decided to take Levitt AMP’s offer to defer the money until next year.

“A month ago I was absolutely convinced that there wasn’t going to be a need for that but as time’s gone on, I realized this could be a real opportunity for us because it would be dangerous for us to take that grant not knowing if we can actually fly the bands that we booked here to Alaska or if we’ll even be able to gather because our number-one priority is the safety of the members of our community,” Davis said.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a resolution at its meeting Tuesday, promoting the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Assemblymen Willie Dunne was one of the resolution sponsors.

“To increase awareness that we need to protect our fisheries, our wildlife, our wild areas, I think this is just one little tool in increasing awareness and, as somebody else said, being good stewards for the Earth,” Dunne said.

Carrie Henson, of Kalifornsky, called in to the Zoom meeting to talk about the correlation of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

“From how quickly our air quality around the world has improved with everyone hunkering down to how our state’s dependence on oil has put us in grave economic jeopardy, as oil prices go into the negative. A window into the future of when oil is no longer a resource we can rely on,” Henson said.

Jan Wallace, with the recycling organization ReGroup, called in to say that individual Earth Day efforts are still encouraged, even if group activities had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

“You can have a cleanup in your area, especially of plastic, which is damaging our wildlife. If you take pictures of an area before and after your cleanup, post it to hashtag trashtag,” Wallace said.

Courtesy of the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District

Farmers market season is right around the corner but so is a giant crop of uncertainty regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

Still, market organizers on the central Kenai Peninsula are planning to open on schedule, if not completely as normal.

With businesses shut down or slowed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t just hurt employees and owners, it hurts the local governments that rely on sales tax revenue generated from those businesses.

In the Kenai Peninsula Borough, that also hurts the school district, as sales taxes are the pot of money that’s used to fund schools. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and KPBSD Board of Education held a joint work session Monday afternoon to discuss the numbers.  

Borough Finance Director Brandi Harbaugh painted a bleak picture.

"We estimate between 15 and 30 percent reduction in sales tax revenues over the next year and that coincides to a fairly large number for the borough. We’re looking at approximately $5 million loss at the end of this fiscal year, which we did not budget for. And then an additional $6 million to $7 million in next fiscal year. So, we anticipate a 15 percent reduction next year and then it slowly recovers over the next 24 months and it actually relates to a little over $11 million sales tax loss,” Harbaugh said.