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.

City of Soldotna

 

The Soldotna city council signed off on the final map it will have the state consider for potential annexation at its meeting Wednesday.

 

 


Redoubt Reporter

 

Fish camps are set up and ready to go at the mouth of the Kasilof river, but time in the water is going to be reduced this year.

It took a lot of work to get this year's budget through the borough assembly, but there's more work left to do. Despite some budget cuts and a slight bump in property taxes, the borough is still looking at a deficit of close to $2 million. 


Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

When was the last time you actually discharged a can of bear spray? According to the experts, if you’re doing it right in bear country, you’ve never had to.

 

 


Redoubt Reporter

 

Tucked in the $80-plus million budget approved by the borough assembly last week was additional funding to deal with junk vehicles in borough rights away. Assembly member Willy Dunne proposed adding $30,000 to the road service area to address the issue.

 

 


Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Hilcorp subsidiary Cook Inlet Pipeline Company has applied to permanently shut down the Drift River Terminal on the west side of Cook Inlet.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

The Soldotna city council will vote on the next move toward annexation at its meeting next week.

The borough assembly adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget after making a few changes to Mayor Charlie Pierce’s original proposal, which had totaled about $81 million.

 

 


Science Magazine

 

The story of how First Nations people initially settled the Americas is changing, with new technology leading to new studies.

 


Kenai Watershed Forum

Summer camp, river clean ups, Stream Watch and River Fest. Summer is a busy time at the Kenai Watershed Forum.

pxhere.com

 

The borough budget debate continues. The borough assembly will have another hearing on next year’s budget when it meets again next week.

 

This week, temporary lodging. With nearly 4 million listings world wide, AirBnB has dramatically changed how people travel. They actually list more rooms to rent than the top five hotel chains combined. But it’s not just the big hotel companies that are having to deal with online, short-term rental bookings.

 


Kenai Watershed Forum

 

School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean science education takes a break. The Kenai Watershed Forum’s annual summer camp gets underway June 11th.

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Representative Don Young was on the campaign trail Tuesday in Soldotna. He spoke at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce.

 

 


Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

Travelers along the Spur highway may notice some signs protesting a proposed gravel pit at the Pillars off Silver Salmon Avenue.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

The Soldotna city council held a work session to mull over options for annexation Wednesday afternoon. The city has been working to get a petition together for the state for the past few years, but there’s still work to do to get a map more people can agree on.

 

 


 

The city of Kenai held a budget work session over the weekend to take a look at the proposed draft budget for next year.

 

 


City of Kenai

 

 

The city of Kenai is continuing its efforts to capitalize on the July’s dipnet fishery. Last December, the council asked city administration to look into accommodating vendors near the beach.

Wiki Commons

 

An increased presence on social media has been a cornerstone for borough mayor Charlie Pierce since he took office. His administration has posted videos and updates and now, a poll. While online polls might be interesting or entertaining, rarely are they valid.

 


Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

A natural gas storage well in Kenai is looking to expand. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, CINGSA filed a petition earlier this month with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska seeking assurance cost for a redundancy project.

 

Small and local is still the flavor for the majority of businesses around the Peninsula, but as many of their owners would tell you, getting those ventures off the ground is anything but a straightforward process.

 

 


 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had another lengthy meeting Tuesday night, fine tuning the borough budget. After nixing mayor Charlie Pierce’s proposal to use money from the borough’s land trust fund to help balance the budget, the assembly adjusted some of the other proposals from the administration.

Redoubt Reporter

This weekend marks the 14th annual Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival. We sat down with one of the event's many organizers, Toby Burke, to talk about what's planned for this year and what's happening in the world of birding.


Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

 

The AK LNG project seems to be picking up some steam. A former partner in the project, BP, came back aboard last week with an agreement to supply North Slope gas to the 800-mile trans state pipeline.

 

Borough mayor Charlie Pierce has released his administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. While projections anticipate more than $77 million in revenues, the borough is still expected to run a deficit of nearly $4.5 million.


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