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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. 

  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. 

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.

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.

  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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