Shaylon Cochran

News Reporter

Shaylon Cochran has been reporting on local government, energy, fishing and everything in between for KDLL since 2011. He earned a degree in journalism from Iowa State University and worked in radio news at KNIA/KRLS in Pella, Iowa, before visiting Alaska in 2010 and deciding this was the place to be. His work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition and been recognized with awards from the Alaska Press Club. When he's not hosting the KDLL Evening News or the Kenai Conversation, you can usually find him biking or skiing around local trails, looking for his dog or sampling the latest from one of the peninsula's many fine breweries.

Peter Boraas


The small auditorium in the Ward building at Kenai Peninsula College was overflowing with people there to remember Dr. Alan Boraas. He died in November at age 72. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran was there to capture some stories from family, friends and a few of the hundreds of people inspired by Boraas’ long career teaching Native languages and advocating the ideals of a northern community.



AK Legislature


Senator Peter Micciche held a townhall meeting in Soldotna Thursday night, just ahead of the opening of the second session of the 31st state legislature.


  This week, we revisit the Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum. Earlier this week, we reported on efforts by the Kenai Peninsula Borough to expand agriculture opportunities on the Peninsula, but what about all of that ocean around us? Mariculture was a major topic at the forum last week in Seward.


Even after the submission of thousands of additional documents at the end of last year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission still doesn’t have the information it needs to make any decisions about the AK LNG Project. That’s according to the state Historic Preservation Office.

Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Last week, the annual Industry Outlook Forum took place in Seward. The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District organizes the event each year to showcase the latest trends and players in the local economy. The typical industries like oil and gas and fishing are well represented, but the point of the forum is to see what else is going on. And this year, agriculture is high on that list.