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100 Women Who Care Soldotna-Kenai

There are many ways to support the organizations that matter to you, whether you’ve got funds, time or just word of mouth to share. Tami Murray, with 100 Women Who Care, and Rhonda McCormick, with the Soldotna Cash Mob, join the Kenai Conversation to talk about easy, direct ways to give.

To find out more about 100 Women Who Care Soldotna-Kenai, email Murray.

The Alaska Long Trail is a proposal to create a continuous, 500-mile hiking route from Seward to Fairbanks, linking together existing trails and creating  new ones. This project would also link together grassroots efforts and organizations, namely, Alaska Trails, and land managers, including the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, we hear about what it would take to create the Alaska Long Trail and to create partnerships to maintain existing trails throughout the state.

On this week's Kenai Conversation, the central Kenai Peninsula's legislative delegation shared their thoughts on the state budget, COVID-19 stimulus efforts and next year's budget outlook. Thanks to Reps. Ben Carpenter and Gary Knopp and Sen. Peter Micciche.

Three local alumni of the Peace Corps talk about their time and projects in far-flung parts of the globe. Thanks to Kaylin Simpson, Ben Boettger and David Wartinbee for sharing their experiences. 

Tag along with Tony Doyle and Craig Barnard on a ski tour of the Southern Kenai Peninsula and the mountains across Kachemak Bay.

 

 

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.

 

 


Even with recent snowfall, the Swan Lake fire will likely continue to smolder through the winter. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, we speak with fire managers from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and state Division of Forestry about how the fire was managed, how it’s being monitored during the winter, and what lessons were learned during the main event this summer. 

Kenai Conversation: Invasive species

Nov 21, 2019

Longer, drier summers, teamed with shorter, warmer winters are giving invasive species better opportunities to gain a foothold on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, we’ll learn about what species pose a threat, and why, with Katherine Schake from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, Borough Land Manager Marcus Mueller and Maura Schumacher, invasives specialist at the Kenai Watershed Forum.

Remembering Dr. Alan Boraas

Nov 15, 2019
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

Thanks to everyone who shared memories of Dr. Boraas on the Kenai Conversation. Here are a few from the show:


Kenai Conversation: Remembering Dr. Alan Boraas

Nov 7, 2019
University of Alaska

This week, we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Alan Boraas, who died Monday at the age of 72. Boraas taught at Kenai Peninsula College for 46 years, but his impact goes far beyond the campus. As an anthroplogist, he dedicated his career to preserving and promoting the native languages and cultural traditions of the Kenai Peninsula. We're joined this week with George Holley, Bill Holt and Dr. James Kari who worked with Boraas on language studies, most notably the 1991 book "A Dena'ina Legacy: K'tl'egh'i Sukdu: The Collected Writings of Peter Kalifornsky".

The Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families is a statewide organization that seeks to cut through the red tape for Alaskas veterans and military families as they seek to navigate the maze that are veteran benefits. Executive Director Megen James joins host Jay Barrett.

Kenai Conversation: Municipal Election recap

Oct 2, 2019

On the day after voters on the Kenai Peninsula went to the polls, hosts Shaylon Cochran and Jay Barrett welcome retiring Assemblyman Dale Bagley to the studio to recap a somewhat wild municipal election season.

Kenai Conversation: Borough Assembly Seats 4 and 7

Sep 25, 2019

As part of KDLL's pre-election coverage, candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Seats 4 and 7 were invited to join host Jay Barrett on the Kenai Conversation. Assembly Seat 4 candidate Tyson Cox was present, as was Assembly Seat 7 candidate Brent Johnson. The municipal election is Tuesday, Oct. 1.

Kenai Conversation: NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim

Aug 9, 2019

All summer, libraries around the state have focused their seasonal reading programs on the skies above, using space and science to spark imaginations. As part of those programs, retired NASA astronaut Rex Walheim was on the Kenai Peninsula last week to share his unique perspective and he took some time to sit down for this week's episode of the Kenai Conversation.

It's the heart of fishing season on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk with Ben Mohr,  executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association about the state of that industry, and what issues they're paying attention to on the Kenai River and beyond.


Kenai Conversation: Paul Ostrander, Kenai City Manager

Jul 11, 2019

The Kenai River's annual dipnet fishery started on Wednesday. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk with Kenai city manager Paul Ostrander about the city's role in seeing that things go smoothly for those three weeks and what the city is doing to try and capture a few more of those tourism dollars that can be just as difficult to catch as a net full of reds.


For property owners and developers on the Kenai, there can be a lot of different local, state and federal agencies to deal with when it comes to your project. Many of those agencies have people working under one roof to try and make things a little smoother. Tom Dearlove is the Manager of the Donald E. Gilman River Center and he'll be retiring next month. On this week's show, Tom talks about his time at the river center and the part he wants it to play in the borough's future development.


  Join host Jay Barrett as we learn about the Hospice of the Central Peninsula with guests Janice Nightingale, executive director; board member Tony Oliver, and volunteer Karen Monell.

Spring time in Alaska also means it's fire season. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk with Dan Nelson, Emergency Manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, about the recent fires that triggered the start of the season, evacuation protocol during a fire and some of the things homeowners can do to prepare for the season if they haven't already. 


Kenai Conversation: Paul Ostrander, Kenai City Manager

Apr 24, 2019

The city of Kenai will release its draft budget for the next fiscal year in a couple weeks. City manager Paul Ostrander spoke with KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran about putting together a new budget amid all the uncertainty with the state budget. Last year’s general fund appropriations totaled a little more than $16 million with all expenditures coming in at just over $28 million and Ostrander expects a modest increase in the 2020 budget of less than one percent.

Kenai Conversation: KPB Election Stakeholders Group

Apr 10, 2019

How many people do you think turn out for borough elections? They take place each fall but only once in the last five years did more than 30 percent of registered voters turn out to cast a ballot. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we speak with Kenai Peninsula Borough clerk Johni Blankenship and two members of an election stakeholders work group, Assembly member Brent Hibbert and the borough's community and fiscal projects manager Brenda Ahlberg, to hear what kinds of discussions the group is having and what they might propose to the assembly later this summer.

Kenai Conversation: Sports of the Day

Mar 20, 2019

It's sports time on the Kenai Conversation, as host Jay Barrett is joined by colleague Shaylon Cochran and the Clarion's Jeff Helminiak.

Kenai Conversation: Caring for the Kenai

Mar 13, 2019

Every spring for the last 28 years, students across the Kenai Peninsula have donned their thinking caps and tried to answer a big question: What can I do, invent or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula? That's the idea behind Caring for the Kenai. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk with the project's creator, Merrill Sikorski about the annual challenge, and how the ideas and inventions have evolved over nearly three decades.


Kenai Conversation: Opioids and addiction

Mar 6, 2019

On the Kenai Conversation this week we talk about opioid addiction and how to use the tools to fight overdoses. Host Jay Barrett welcomes Fred Koski, the addictions program coordinator for Peninsula Community Health Services, and Sherra Pritchard, a public health nurse with the Kenai Public Health Center. Both are involved with a monthly community education series of lectures.

Kenai Conversation: All about 'Willy Wonka'

Feb 20, 2019

  The Kenai Performers production of ‘Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka’ opens this week for a two-weekend run. In advance of opening night, we welcome both directors and two of the performers to our studio for a look behind the scenes.

Education funding, even more than most years, will be a hotly contested topic in the coming weeks. There's one line item in particular the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is lobbying for. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk to John O'Brien, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction for KPBSD about mental health care in schools and the district's request for $600,000 to add more counselors, especially at the elementary level.

Kenai Conversation: Mona Painter

Feb 6, 2019

Mona Painter has watched Cooper Landing grow up since she moved to the area in 1958 and serves as a kind of historian for this quiet part of the Peninsula. On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Shaylon Cochran sits down with Painter to recall some of those earlier days, how the town coped with the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and how things changed with the introduction of electricity, telephone and television service.

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.


  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.

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