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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.

KDLL turned the mics on ourselves to kick off our 2019 Spring Membership Drive. Thanks to former board member Marion Nelson, station manager emeritas Allen Auxier and current board member Bill Larned for a look back to KDLL's beginnings and development, and a preview of this year's Spring Membership Drive.

Kenai Conversation: USCG Auxiliary in Kenai

May 15, 2019

This week on the Kenai Conversation, a timely discussion about boating safety and the mission of the Kenai-based Coast Guard Auxiliary. Flotilla Commander Marion Parish 

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. 


  On this week's Kenai Conversatoin, host Jay Barrett welcomes Shannon Davis and Andy Heuiser of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce. The wide-ranging discussion covers the Concert in the Park series, fundraising and how so much gets done with such a small staff.

Kenai Conversation: Meet HEA Dist. 2 Candidates

Apr 3, 2019

The Homer Electrict Assn. board of directors election is coming up. In the Soldotna area, Dist. 2, incumbent Ed Oberts faces a challenge from retired surgeon Ed Schmitt. Meet them both on this week's Kenai Conversation.

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: 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.

Kenai Conversation: School District Budgeting

Feb 6, 2019

 With the new governor threatening funding for the current school year, school districts are scrambling to find a solution. Host Jay Barrett talks with Pegge Erkeneff and Dave Jones of the KPBSD about budgeting for the district.

  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.

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.

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

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