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.

On this week's Conversation, we sit down with candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 2, Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

Dr. Nels Anderson doesn’t have much to contend with in his bid for Soldotna mayor. He is the only candidate running. But there will be much for him to oversee over the next three years if elected.


With Stan Welles stepping down from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly earlier this year, the District 5 race has two challengers and no incumbent. Leslie Morton is one of the candidates looking to represent residents of Sterling and Funny River.

Campers on the city of Kenai’s beaches will have to be more careful about their bonfires in the future.


The fuel company Tesoro is now known as Andeavor.

This week, we talk with one of the candidates running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in District 5 (Sterling/Funny River), Leslie Morton. The other candidate in the race, Norm Blakely, declined our interview to be a part of the program.

City of Soldotna



There may not be much drama in the city council elections in Soldotna this year. But for those who will be in office, or like Tyson Cox, back in office, there will be some big issues to deal with in the next term. Cox is running for council seat B.

There’s a lot of focus all over the world to encourage more women to enter science-based careers. Locally, one doesn’t have to look long to find educators, researchers, doctors and many others who have made such that choice.

Harvest Pipeline Co



A subsidiary of Hilcorp has applied for changes to its pipeline system that would allow oil to be piped from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski.



Much of the election season attention has been focused on borough-wide issues and candidates. But the Kenai city council has a competitive race with three candidates vying for two seats. Henry Knackstedt is looking to return for a second term on the council.



You don’t have to be a long time Peninsula resident to recognize the Navarre name during election season. Tim Navarre is looking to return for a third term on the Kenai city council, adding to a long resume of public service.


As campaign season creeps toward the finish line on October 3rd, the issues atop the minds of candidates for borough offices are becoming clear. Mostly, it’s the budget.

KDLL's election coverage continues this week as we speak with candidates for District 1, which encompasses much of the K-Beach corridor and parts of Kenai.



Political races in Soldotna are pretty much already settled, with only one candidate for each seat up for election. Keith Baxter is looking to return to the council following a failed bid at the state house last fall.

Homer has one for winter kings and halibut. Seward’s is one of the oldest in the state. And now, Kenai will have its own silver salmon derby. After a little more work than expected, the Chamber of Commerce is set to start giving out prizes for the four day contest.


Charlie Pierce is no stranger to the goings on of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served on the Assembly from 2008 to 2014 and now, after retiring from Enstar last year, he’s looking to serve as Borough Mayor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

This week, we have a conversation with Charlie Pierce, candidate for borough mayor. We'll hear how he plans to close the borough budget gap and why more technology is a good thing for the future growth of the peninsula.

For a second time, candidates for borough mayor got together to take questions and share their vision for the future of the Peninsula on Wednesday. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley in Kenai.

Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings joins us on the Conversation this week to talk about her vision for the future of the Kenai and how to weather the current budget storm.

About a month ago, a popular little cafe in Soldotna got a new owner. Totally Radish is now Lucy’s Market some new faces behind the counter and some fresh paint are the biggest changes.

No Small Children


It’s not often a musical act makes its way to Triumvirate Theatre one night and Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer the next. But that’s the schedule this weekend for No Small Children, a rock trio with a slightly different backstory, and slightly different day jobs.

Linda Hutchings has spent most of her life watching the Kenai Peninsula grow up. Now, she’s trying to take a bigger role in how that growth is managed by running for borough mayor.



Classes started last week for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The big kids got their school year started this week at Kenai Peninsula College.

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A classical music tour has been making its way through the state. Last week, Miki Sawada made stops on the Peninsula as part of her Gather Hear Alaska project. She’s got a piano, a U-Haul truck, a documentary filmmaker and a couple hours’ worth of music to share. She performed last week at Odie's Deli.








No one brings more borough government experience to the mayor’s race than Dale Bagley. He’s already served two terms as borough mayor, from 1999 to 2005.