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Kenai Peninsula Relay for Life is going virtual this year.

An unstable slope caused by the retreat of Barry Glacier, northeast of Whittier in Prince William Sound, has geologists worried about a potential massive landslide and resulting tsunami.   
“It would be about the size of around 500 Empire State buildings falling into the fjord at once if it did release as a solid mass on the unstable slope.”
The resulting tsunami wave could be 30 feet or more in Whittier, arriving about 18 minutes after the landslide.

Parents, teachers and administrators in the Kenai Peninsula School District jumped into the new reality of eLearning March 30, with school facility closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Of the eve of the change, KDLL visited with Crista Cady, music teacher at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science, Skyview Middle School Principal Sarge Truesdell and Nikiski mom Ambger Douglas about their hopes and concerns for the new reality of education.
This week, we check back in to see how things went.

In this week's show, we hear from candidates for the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors:
District 1: Jim Duffield and Erik Hendrickson

District 2: C.O. Rudstrom

District 3: Troy Jones, Pete Kinneen and Jim Levine

Find candidate resumes here.

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.

Kenai Fire Cheif Jeff Tucker joined the Kenai Conversation to look back on his 38-year career in fire and EMS, the last six with the city of Kenai. He retired March 20.

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. 

How’s the health of the trees is your neck of the woods? Find out, with the help of retired silviculturist (fancy forester) Mitch Michaud.

Co-directors Terri Zopf-Schoessler and Donna Shirnberg sing the priases of the cast and crew of the Kenai Performers' winter musical, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."

Dig into the local food scene with Eliza Eller, one of the founders of the Iona community in Kasilof and the Kenai Local Food Connection, Heidi Chay, district manager for the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, and Abby Ala, owner of Ridgeway Farms off Strawberry Road between Kenai and Soldotna.

More information on the events and topics discussed can be found at:

Ionia Alaska

Kenai Local Food Connection

Kaitlin Vadla, with Cook Inletkeeper, and Mark Haller, owner of the solar installation business Midnight Sun Solar, joined the Kenai Conversation on Jan. 29 to talk about Solarize the Kenai, an initative to instal solar panels on homes and businesses on the central Kenai Penisula for a reduced rate.

For more information about the program, visit http://kenaichange.org/solarize-the-kenai/
 

 

Leslie Rohr, executive director of Love, INC, spoke with host Jenny Neyman about the organization's efforts to help those facing poverty, as well as Project Homeless Connect and an effort to start an emergency cold-weather shelter program.

Host Jenny Neyman spoke with Karen Scoggins, chief nursing officer at Central Peninsula Hospital, about expansion of CPH's facility and services. We also hear from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe about suicide alertness and prevention training offered for the community later this month.

 

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.

 

 


This week on the Kenai Conversation, two timely discussions. In the first half hour, representatives with the 2020 Census, Jessi Curtis with the Census Bureau, and Tim Dillon with the KPEDD, will talk about what it takes to make the big count come off without a hitch on the Kenai Peninsula. In the second half hour, we share the presentation made by Jodi Stuart at last week’s joint chambers of commerce luncheon about Project Homeless Connect, set for January.

Take a look back at the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska with Dan Nelson and Bud Sexton with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. Find out what went well in that situation, what lessons were learned and how OEM is hoping to get the entire community involved in preparing for the next natural disaster.

The Kenai Performers production of Neil Simon's  "Lost in Yonkers" opens Friday, and this week on the Kenai Conversation we welcome director Sherri Johnson. She's joined by Sally Casano to also talk about the production of "The Vagina Monologues" they staged in Kasilof last summer.

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".

KDLL's Adventure Talks program took over the Kenai Conversation this week. Local chiropractor/paddling instructor/adventurer Matt Pyhala stopped by to discuss the how/where/when/why of biking the Hebridean Way, which he and his wife, Sarah, did in June. The 200-plus-mile cycling route took them through the Outer Hebrides Islands off the northwest coast of Scotland.
 
 Join Matt and Sarah for photos, stories and video of the trip at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Admission is free for KDLL members and $5 for nonmembers.

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.

Municipal elections are Oct. 1. We spoke with candidates for the District 1, Kalifornsky seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education. Incumbent Dan Castimore and challenger Patty Truesdell were in the studio. Susan Lockwood was not able to make the live show so we connected with her earlier in the week.

Kenai Conversation: Swan Lake Fire update

Sep 4, 2019

The Swan Lake Fire has burned on the Central Kenai Peninsula for four months, occasionally closing the Sterling Highway and the Upper Kenai River. On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett talks with Great Basin Type 1 Public Information Officer Brian Scott and Alaska Division of Forestry PIO Andy Alexandrou about the resurgence of the fire, how it's being fought, and what citizens can do to minimize future danger.

A discussion about the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's mission to oversee the safe transportation of oil in Cook Inlet. It was created by Congress in 1990, and was recently reauthorized for the 28th time. Host Jay Barrett's guests are Mike Munger, the executive director; John Williams, the board president; and Lynda Giguere, the director of outreach.

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.


On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk with Maggie Winston of the Independent Living Center about the Disability Pride Rally coming up Saturday at Soldotna Creek Park from noon to 4 p.m.

Ms. Winston stays with us as we welcome Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander and Leslie Rohr of Love INC to discuss homelessness in Kenai.

Kenai Conversation: Focus on the Swan Lake Fire

Jul 3, 2019

The Swan Lake Fire has been burning northeast of Sterling for a month now. On this week's Kenai Conversation host Jay Barrett welcomes Andy Alexandrou and Dawn Gelderloos of the Alaska Division of Forestry.

  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.

This week on the Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett welcomes folks from the Lee Shore Center in Kenai to talk about the operation of the crisis center and an important fundraiser coming up on Saturday. Present were Board Chair Mike Dimmick, Executive Director Cherrie Smith, board member Marti Slater, and Prevention Coordinator Rene Lipps.

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