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Airline disruptions are practically a hallmark of the holiday season in Alaska, as constant as Christmas cookies and 4 p.m. sunsets.

But travelers this year are enduring more severe delays than usual. A perfect storm of holiday traffic, COVID-19-related challenges and bad weather is stranding some Alaskans as they make their way back from holiday trips Outside.

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There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than with good food.

This week on the show, chef Joe Spady of Three Peaks talked to us about his own holiday traditions, what a "cabbage biscuit" is and the time he ran around New York City with a KitchenAid — all while he baked a Christmas confectionery creation.

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Holiday season is in full swing. If you’re still looking for a gift for someone on your list, consider buying them a book.

Peggy Mullen and Monica Heath from River City Books in Soldotna have recommendations.

Several are by Alaska authors and illustrators. All are available at River City Books.

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This year’s Thanksgiving is, again, happening in the shadow of COVID-19.

But this year, there are more tools available to have a safer holiday gathering, like vaccines.

Also new this year are at-home COVID-19 tests. Kenai Public Health Nurse Tami Marsters said they’re a great tool for people to use before and after their Thanksgiving gatherings.

Merry Christmas from the fine folks at Gherkin Radio Theater, starring Ranger Fox, Mary May, Alyssa Murphy, Shaylon Cochran and Elizabeth Huntley, with music by Derek Poppin and Maria Allison, produced by Dr. Stephen White.

It’s Easter on Sunday. Celebrations are going to look a lot different this year, following mandates for COVID-19. The state of Alaska issued a health alert today regarding religious services and Easter baskets.

Citing a previous health mandate prohibiting gatherings of non-household members, the alert says online streaming of religious services is allowed, as long as those producing the service number 10 or fewer, and practice specific social distancing and masking requirements.


It’s time for KDLL’s annual holiday cooking show on this week’s Kenai Conversation. Join local chefs Maya Wilson and Joe Spady for their takes on favorite holiday dishes, how to integrate local ingredients and other entertaining tips.



Holiday food drives in full swing for food bank

Nov 22, 2019

Despite what the weather says, the holidays are just around the corner and a number of local businesses are helping make sure there are plenty of holiday meals to go around. At the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, deliveries of holiday meal packages begin Monday.

Nov. 24, 2018: Cheers to holiday beers

Nov 26, 2018
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Cheers to the holidays! On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier with Bill Howell, Bill has ideas of beer pairings with favorite holiday foods, plus a look at what’s on tap at St. Elias Brewing, and a visit with Kodiak Island Brewery.

Local musicians ready for Christmas

Dec 12, 2017

The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers are putting the finishing touches on their annual holiday program this week.



Kenai Conversation: Keeping holiday meals local

Nov 22, 2017

On this week's Kenai Conversation, Shaylon Cochran talks with Lou Heite from Eagle Glade Farms in Nikiski and Ken Hynes from the Flats Bistro in Kenai about what kind of ingredients are available locally this time of year and how to turn then into a great holiday meal.