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Few things tie a place and a culture together like language. On this week's Kenai Conversation, native place names, how they’ve changed and why it matters.


Kenai Conversation: KPB working group on gravel pits

Feb 28, 2018

On this week's conversation, we talk with Robert Ruffner and Brent Johnson, members of the borough's latest working group on gravel pits. What's the balance between residential expectations and commercial opportunity and how can it best be achieved?

Kenai Conversation: Shrek The Musical

Feb 21, 2018
Kenai Performers

Terri Zopf, the director of the Kenai Performers' production of Shrek: The Musical that opens Friday, along with tap dance choreographer Sally Cassano and three actors, Dagmar Meyer, Bill Taylor and Mike Gallagher, join host Jay Barrett to discuss what it takes to put on such a large and daunting production.

Kenai Conversation: Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce

Feb 16, 2018

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has been in office about three months now. So, as we get into the annual process of putting together a budget, how are things going? Are the conservative philosophies candidate Pierce ran on playing well with the realities of local government?

 

 

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The #MeToo movement started raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment through social media and leaped off the Internet with events, marches and gatherings in real life. On the central Kenai Peninsula, the Many Voices organization has taken up that banner with a gathering and panel discussion held last month. Susan Smalley, a community volunteer with Many Voices, and two panelists from the event, Dr. Kristin Mitchel and Dr.

The Internet age was supposed to be the death knell for America’s public libraries. Google was supposed to replace the Dewey Decimal System and the Kindle was going to end paper books altogether. But, no. Not only are libraries like the ones in Kenai and Soldotna surviving, they’re thriving. We’ll find out why on the Kenai Conversation as host Jay Barrett welcomes head librarians Mary Jo Joiner and Rachel Nash from Kenai and Soldotna, respectively.

Kenai Conversation: Landing Kenai's future

Jan 26, 2018
City of Kenai

The Kenai city council recently approved changes to leasing policies for airport lands. And that's just a beginning step in a long-range plan to put the city's considerable land assets to better use for development. 

Kenai Conversation - Kenai Mayor John Williams

Jan 17, 2018

On this week's Kenai Conversation, former Kenai city and borough Mayor John Williams returns to discuss the issues of the day with host Jay Barrett.

Kenai Conversation: Tami Murray, Tustumena 200

Jan 10, 2018
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Winter seems to be holding out enough for the 31st running of the Tustumena 200 sled dog race. Race Director Tami Murray joins us this week to talk about how the course is shaping up, which local teams will be lined up and how you can volunteer (just go here). An official starting location will be announced before the race on Jan. 27.

Sports on the Kenai Conversation

Jan 3, 2018

This week on the Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett welcomes Peninsula Clarion sports scribes Jeff Helminiak and Joey Klecka to the studio to tackle local sports, college football, auto racing and more.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering another round of Community Emergency Response Training courses this month. We spoke with Borough Emergency Management Program Manager Dan Nelson to learn more about why the borough has been offering them for more than a decade.

'Community in Unity' program brings prisoners and residents together in Seward

Dec 13, 2017

In an effort to bring the community of Seward together with the Spring Creek Correctional Center, a state prison across Resurrection Bay from the Eastern Kenai Peninsula city, Alaska Public Media's Anne Hillman of the Solutions Desk, recorded a forum there in September. In attendance were prisoners, administrators, and townsfolk.

Central Peninsula Hospital

Central Peninsula Hospital is making big changes to its campus and offering more services than ever.

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. 

Kenai Conversation tackles sports

Nov 1, 2017

On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett welcome's Peninsula Clarion sports reporter Joey Klecka to the microphone to talk sports, both local — why are the Soldotna Stars so good at football and how can Allie Ostrander be so good at running — and national.KDLL's Shaylon Cochran joins us halfway through to add his thoughts.

Kenai Conversation: Reporter roundup

Oct 25, 2017

It's a mixed-medium mash-up as KDLL hosts Shaylon Cochran and Jay Barrett welcome Peninsula Clarion reporters Elizabeth Earl and Kat Sorensen to talk about the just-passed Kenai Peninsula municipal elections. 

The top two vote-getters in last week's Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral election, Charlie Pierce with 5,489 votes and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings with 4,604, will be facing off in a special runoff election Oct. 24. They joined Kenai Conversation host Jay Barrett to debate the campaign issues.

Kenai Conversation: Out-going borough leadership off to new horizons

Oct 6, 2017

We speak with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and his top aide, Larry Persily, about Tuesday's election, the upcoming run-off and their future plans.

Kenai Conversation: Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

Sep 27, 2017

On this week's Conversation, we sit down with candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 2, Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

Kenai Conversation: Leslie Morton

Sep 20, 2017

This week, we talk with one of the candidates running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in District 5 (Sterling/Funny River), Leslie Morton. The other candidate in the race, Norm Blakely, declined our interview to be a part of the program.

KDLL's election coverage continues this week as we speak with candidates for District 1, which encompasses much of the K-Beach corridor and parts of Kenai.

Kenai Conversation: Charlie Pierce

Sep 6, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

This week, we have a conversation with Charlie Pierce, candidate for borough mayor. We'll hear how he plans to close the borough budget gap and why more technology is a good thing for the future growth of the peninsula.

Kenai Conversation: Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings

Sep 6, 2017
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Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings joins us on the Conversation this week to talk about her vision for the future of the Kenai and how to weather the current budget storm.

Kenai Conversation: Dale Bagely

Aug 23, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

We kick off election season coverage this week on the Kenai Conversation. 

Kenai Conversation: 36 years in Alaska's canneries

Aug 16, 2017

On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett speaks with long-time Alaska cannery boss Rusty Roessler, who spent 14 years as the manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish in Nikiski. Today (Aug. 16) is Roessler's last day, and he's retiring after 36 years managing seafood processing plants around Alaska. This is an extended version of the conversation that aired.

Retail cannabis has been available on the Kenai since late last year. How's business? Is everyone playing by the rules? What challenges have growers and sellers faced? What's a dab? 

On this week's Kenai Conversation, cannabis entrepreneurs Patricia Patterson (High Bush Buds), Dollynda Phelps (Peace Frog Botanicals) and Leif Abel (Greatland Ganja) talk about their burgeoning industry, how it's contributing to the local economy and its prospects for the future.

Kenai Conversation: Representative Gary Knopp

Jul 26, 2017

This week, Shaylon Cochran sits down with Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Soldotna) to talk about ongoing state budget issues, the economic future of the state and how things could work more smoothly in Juneau.

On this week's Conversation, host Shaylon Cochran speaks with Stephanie Queen, director of Economic Development and Planning for the city of Soldotna, and Tim Dillon, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, about what kinds of jobs and industries might be making their way to central peninsula in the future to compliment established industries like fishing and resource development.

Kenai Conversation: Robert Ruffner

Jun 7, 2017

Managing the state's fisheries is a big responsibility. On this week's Conversation, we sit down with Robert Ruffner, one of the newest members of the state Board of Fisheries to talk about what challenges lay ahead in managing salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Conversation: Local Foods

Jun 1, 2017

More and more people on the Kenai Peninsula are realizing its potential as a productive agricultural center. Now, backyard gardens are giving way to farmer's markets, food hubs and specialty growers. For this week's Conversation, we spoke with Lou Heite and Steve Dahl of Eagle Glade Farms in Nikiski and Ken Kynes, Executive Chef at The Flats Bistro in Kenai about how the local food movement is changing, growing and what needs to happen to make it sustainable.

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