Kenai Conversation

10 a.m. Wednesdays

Public affairs interviews live at 10 a.m. Wednesdays, rebroadcast at 5 p.m. Saturdays.

  The City of Kenai and BIK&S, Biking in Kenai & Soldotna, are seeking your assistance in securing a grant to help fill in the pedestrian pathway gap on Bridge Access Road in Kenai. City Planner Elizabeth Appleby and BIK&S' Kaitlin Vadla discuss the project with KDLL's Jay Barrett on this week's Kenai Conversation.

Fishermen of all stripes struggled during another down year in 2018. While the numbers look a bit better heading into 2019, especially for Cook Inlet sockeye, the overall trend isn't a positive one. On this week's conversation, long time setnetter Ken Coleman talks about how that corner of the fishing community has had to adapt and what policies will help sustain the fishery.


Kenai Conversation: Project Homeless Connect

Jan 9, 2019

This week on the Kenai Conversation, we talk about the 8th Annual Project Homeless Connect with guests Maggie Winston and Kelly Bartelmay of the Soldotna Independent Living Center, and Ashley Blatchford of the Leeshore Center. Project Homeless Connect will be on Jan. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Soldotna Regional Sports Center.

Kenai Conversation: Stream Watch turns 25

Jan 4, 2019

Unfortunately, the Kenai Peninsula's healthiest river systems don't stay that way on their own. A key component to keeping rivers in good shape for fish and for us has been the Stream Watch program. Since 1994, Stream Watch volunteers have donated time to not only keeping things clean, but informing visitors of the right way to enjoy a day on the river.

On the Kenai Conversation this week, John and Sharon Williams, who just celebrated 50 years of marriage, talk about their Kenai adventure. 

It's been a busy year for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management, from floods to tsunamis to earthquakes. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, OEM manager Dan Nelson talks about the borough's response to such events and upcoming opportunities for residents to become part of the response team.

Interview highlights-

  With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, the Men with Notepads from the Peninsula Clarion, sports scribes Jeff Helminiak and Joey Klecka, join Jay Barrett as they dissect the World of Sports. 

One round of holiday entertaining is in the books, but the heart of the season is still around the corner. On our annual holiday cooking edition of the Kenai Conversation, we talk to Amy Seitz from Lancashire Farms in Soldotna and Maya Wilson, Head Chef at Addie Camp restaurant in Soldotna and author of the Alaska From Scratch cookbook.

It's been just over a year since Borough mayor Charlie Pierce took office. On this week's episode of the Kenai Conversation, we talk about what he and (outgoing) Chief of Staff John Quick have learned and what Pierce plans to tackle in 2019.


Kenai Conversation: All about the CPH Auxiliary

Nov 21, 2018

The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary has served the community since 1967, four years before the hospital even existed. On this week's Kenai Conversation host Jay Barrett welcomes Sue Sanders, Susie Smalley and Barb Dilley to the studio to discuss the wide variety of tasks the volunteers perform.

Kenai Conversation: Culture of the North

Nov 14, 2018

Across the globe, snow or no snow, people in northern latitudes are again preparing for the dark, cold winter season. This unique setting has produced a unique culture. Our guest today is Dr. Alan Boraas from Kenai Peninsula College, here to talk about the Culture of the North, its influence and the challenges that culture faces against a warming planet.


Kenai Conversation: Election breakdown

Nov 7, 2018

On this week's Kenai Conversation, hosts Jay Barrett and Shaylon Cochran break down local election results and take a few calls with reactions to both local and statewide races.


District 30 Alaska Republican Party

 

Despite just one name on the ballot for Senate District O, it’s at least a three-way race.

 

 

 


With millions of dollars being spent by Outside interests, the debate over the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1 initiative which will appear on next week's general election ballot. The League of Women Voters hosted a one-hour forum recently at the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly chambers. 

Kenai Conversation: House District 29 candidates

Oct 24, 2018

On the Kenai Conversation this week, we have separate interviews with House District 29 candidates Shawn Butler (I) and Ben Carpenter (R). 

Kenai Conversation: Reinvention through running

Oct 4, 2018
Gary Stotler

Weighing in excess of 400 pounds, Gary Stotler decided to begin making changes; small at first, and with setbacks and challenges along the way, he's now running ultra-marathons, and regular ones for fun, like the Kenai River Marathon this year.


Kenai Conversation -- Kenai City Council candidates

Sep 26, 2018

With less than a week to go before the Kenai Peninsula's municipal elections, host Jay Barrett welcomes to the Kenai Conversation the three candidates for the two available seats on the Kenai City Council, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. In Kenai, council members are elected at-large, so the top two vote-getters will be seated. Election day is Oct. 2.

Election coverage continues on the Kenai Conversation. Host Jenny Neyman visits with candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. In District 2 — Kenai, Matt Morse is running against incumbent Tim Navarre. In District 5 — Sterling/Funny River, incumbent Marty Anderson has three challengers — Nissa Fowler, Greg Madden and Karyn Griffin. Anderson is out of state for work and was not able to participate, and attempts to reach Griffin have not been successful.

The issue of annexation nearly gave Brent Hibbert a challenger for his seat on the borough assembly. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk about that issue and many more as they relate to Hibbert's run for a full three year term on the assembly.


Kenai Conversation: Local Food Week

Sep 5, 2018

The sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Week kicks off on Friday. On this week's Kenai Conversation join host Jay Barrett as he learns more from organizers Heidi Chay, George Spady, Bryce Wrigley and Eliza Eller.

Kenai Conversation: Biking the Kenai

Aug 30, 2018
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. 

  On this week’s Kenai Conversation we welcome retired Mayor John Williams and former Councilman Duane Bannock to the microphones to analyze Tuesday’s Primary Election.  

Kenai Conversation: Prep sports

Aug 15, 2018

  The roars and cheers and other sounds of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat signaled the beginning of the 2018 fall high school sports season over the weekend. On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett welcomes Jeff Helminiak and Joey Klecka, The Sports Guys, from the Peninsula Clarion back to the studio to find out, among other things, if there’s another 59 game winning streak … in the Stars.

 

 

 

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.


On the Kenai Conversation this week, host Jay Barrett welcomes Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen Paul Shadura, Jesse Bjorkman and Andy Hall to discuss the downward trajectory of salmon returns, management goals and the need for all gear groups to finally come together and work for the benefit of the fish.

Kenai Conversation: Rural Development Forum

Jul 25, 2018
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

Rural development in the modern age presents no shortage of challenges for small communities, especially in far-flung Alaska. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll learn about one strategy being used in the rural West to identify the best ways for small towns to grow and thrive when the traditional economic engines aren't up to the task. 


  Today, we look at invasive species - those critters large and small that endanger the natural beauty, and in some cases, our way of life here on the Kenai Peninsula. Our guests are  John Morton, the supervisory biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Jennifer Hester of the Kenai Watershed Forum’s Adopt a Stream program, and Rob Massengill, a fisheries biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. We begin the conversation discussing invasive northern pike, a sports fish introduced to the Kenai Peninsula, and whose eradication has taken decades.

Annexation may have been one of the hot topics over the past couple years in Soldotna, but there's a lot more going on. This week, we talk with city manager Stephanie Queen about everything from partnering with the city of Kenai on infrastructure projects to how the city gears up for fishing season. And, of course, the next steps in the process toward potential annexation.


Kenai Conversation: Senator Peter Micciche

Jun 27, 2018

On this week's convesation, Medicare, PFDs, income tax and the continuing battle for better brewery laws. District O Senator Peter Micchiche talks with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran.

Interview highlights:

On changing the structure of how the Permanent Fund Dividend is distributed:

This week on The Kenai Conversation we welcome Merrill Sikorski to the studio. No stranger to microphones, Sikorski is the host of "People Going Places and Doing Things," which has aired daily for nearly 30 years. He is also the creator of "Caring for the Kenai," an annual ecological competition for Kenai Peninsula High School students.

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