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.

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The salmon run has gone from red to silver, but some summer projects are still being wrapped up on the Kenai River. The Kenai Watershed Forum will conduct its last sample of the season Friday, searching for bacteria and their sources in the river.

 

 


 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a proposed tobacco tax at its meeting Tuesday night.

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Ballots for this fall’s municipal elections have been finalized, and most of the heated campaigning will be left for elections further up the political food chain.

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly could be offering some opinion on annexation proceedings in Soldotna when it meets next.

 

Biking of all stripes is growing in popularity on the Kenai Peninsula. To be fair, it’s happening it lots of other places, too. On the Peninsula, countless volunteer hours have been spent building and maintaining local trails, but infrastructure investment for bike and other multi-use paths is happening, too.

 

 


Tsalteshi Trails Association

Biking of all kinds, in all seasons, continues to grow in popularity on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk with Brian Beeson from Beemun's Bike and Ski Loft about all things two-wheeled and how to keep pedaling even as summer winds down. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

 

For more than 20 years, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has teamed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote health fish habitat through a cost share program that helps landowners pay for rehabilitation work along the Kenai river.

The close state house and senate races on the Kenai Peninsula are are yet to be certified, but the leads have flipped with the counting of absentee and questioned ballots.

 

What to do with the nearly $8 million dollars in the borough’s land trust fund was a central question this year as the borough budget was being put together. The mayor’s office wanted to use a portion to help fill the borough’s budget gap, but, the assembly wanted to see a fresh investment plan before the fund was used for general expenditures. That plan has been finalized, and will get a public hearing next week.

 


University of Alaska

Fall classes begin at Kenai Peninsula College Monday. The official number of students isn’t known yet, with fall schedules still being amended. But the number continues to inch closer to 3,000.

 

The state’s biggest economic engine, for good or ill, remains oil and gas.

 

 


Kenai Peninsula Borough

 

The ordinance authorizing the purchase of land for a new Central Emergency Services station gets its next public hearing next week before the borough planning and zoning commission.

State of Alaska

 

The state’s primary elections are over, but the final candidate list for the general election hasn’t been decided yet. Most notably, the Republican primary for Senate District O on the central peninsula, has been a surprise.

 

 


 

 

 

Last week, small business owners got together in Soldotna at the still-under-construction Addie Camp restaurant to brainstorm how to support more new, local businesses and what needs to exist in the broader community to help make that happen. Leading the exercise was Nigel Sharp, a global entrepreneur in residence at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

 


 

This week, we’re talking about the AK LNG Project with the president of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, Keith Meyer and AGDC’s senior vice president of program management, Frank Richards.


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With the state of Alaska emerging from the financial doldrums brought by low oil prices, one area of the budget that may soon see more spending is law enforcement. That was the message residents had for Senator Peter Micciche at a town hall meeting in Kenai Monday night.

 

 


City of Kenai

 

The Kenai city council adopted a resolution at its meeting this week that helps pay for one of the city’s newest tools, beach magnets.

 

 


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The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra kicked off its annual summer concert series this week, ahead of its big gala performance later this month.

 

 


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The crowded field of candidates for Lieutenant Governor spans the political spectrum and features both political veterans and newcomers. Six of them were in Kenai Wednesday for a Chamber of Commerce forum.

 

 


 

A five mile stretch of the Seward Highway south of Turnagain Arm was closed for at least two hours Tuesday.

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Nearly two years after cannabis business went legal in Alaska, the industry is still growing in the city of Kenai.

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Under last Friday’s sunny afternoon skies, residents from around the Peninsula well beyond came to honor one of Soldotna’s earliest post-World War II homesteaders.


 

The governor was in town earlier in the week for a rural development forum in Soldotna and we got some face time with him at the Soldotna library. We started off with AK LNG and how that project is coming amid China’s trade disputes with the Trump administration, and we’ll also touch on how rising oil prices are affecting the budget conversation in Juneau.

 


 

The dynamic between the Soldotna city council and the mayor will remain the same, after the council rejected a move to change the mayor’s job description.

 

 


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Primaries for state offices races are less than a month away. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted a candidate forum for Senate District O Wednesday, with Republican incumbent Peter Micciche and his challenger Ron Gillham fielding questions on everything from health care to the Pebble mine to how to use the state’s permanent fund.

 

 


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