Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

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Shaylon Cochran is a host and reporter at KDLL in Kenai. He’s reported on fishing, energy, agriculture and local politics since coming to Alaska in 2011. He has worked at KDLL/KBBI on the Kenai Peninsula, where he picked up lots of new hobbies, like smoking salmon, raising chickens, skiing and counting RV’s. He holds a bachelors degree in Journalism from Iowa State University.

Funny River Fire Consumes Nearly 50k Acres

The Funny River fire that has been burning on the Kenai Peninsula since Monday has grown to nearly 50,000 acres. Download Audio

Funny River Fire Takes 20,000 Acres, More Firefighters On The Way

Now in its third day, the wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula has consumed 20,000 acres. Download Audio

Wildfire Continues To Burn On Central Kenai Peninsula

A 7,000 acre wildfire continues to burn on the central Kenai Peninsula. So far, no evacuations have been ordered, and no property damage has been reported. Download Audio

Furie Applies For New Cook Inlet Platform

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Furie Alaska has submitted an operations plan for a new offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet. If the project is approved, natural gas production could begin as soon as this fall. Download Audio

Buccaneer, CIRI Heading Back To Court

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Buccaneer Energy is going back to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to try and settle issues at the Kenai Loop well site in Kenai.

Board Of Fish Contemplates Kenai River King Conservation

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The state Board of Fisheries continued deliberation over dozens of proposals for Cook Inlet fishing industries today. Some steps were made in the direction of conserving Kenai River king salmon, but many other issues are due for some attention. Download Audio

Board Of Fish Meetings Continue

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The state Board of Fisheries continued its Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday. Much of the day was devoted to Kenai River king salmon issues, but the Board began the day by taking a step back. Download Audio

Proposed Setnet Initiative Heading To Court

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The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance did not agree with the Lt. Governor’s decision this month to not allow its proposed ban on commercial set netting on the 2014 ballot. They’re taking their case to court. Download Audio

Natural Gas Service To Expand In Sterling

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Several hundred Sterling residents could finally get hooked up to natural gas later this year.

ADF&G Anticipating Another Low King Salmon Return

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The Department of Fish and Game is predicting another below-average year for king salmon returns on the Kenai River.

New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks

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Fisheries scientists gathered in Soldotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas.

Buccaneer Seeks New Revenues In New Year

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Just weeks after top executives for Buccaneer Alaska were fired, the company is making moves to shore up its financial situation. Download Audio

Treadwell Rejects Setnetting Initiative

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Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell rejected a proposed ballot initiative aimed at banning commercial setnetting throughout most of the state on Monday. The language in the initiative didn’t agree with a previous Alaska court ruling.

Kenai Groups Oppose Commercial Setnetting Ban

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Two government bodies on the Kenai Peninsula have voted unanimously to oppose efforts to ban commercial setnetting in Cook Inlet. Download Audio

Making Its Mark: Local Distillery Celebrates One Year Selling Spirits

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Tucked a few miles off the highway in Sterling is one of the newest players in the burgeoning Alaskan craft spirits industry.

The Legend Of Soapy Smith

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Alaska’s history is peppered with crooks, cons and other characters famous for running afoul of the law. One of them is Soapy Smith, whose travels brought him briefly to the Kenai Peninsula. Historian Jane Haigh has written about Smith, and on Thursday night, told his story at the Kasilof Regional Historical Association Museum.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Extends Emergency Declaration

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly extended an emergency declaration order at its meeting Tuesday night. The move allows for continued efforts for flood relief around the Peninsula.

Red Cross Shelter Open For Flooded K-Beach Homeowners

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Roadwork continues along K-Beach Road south of Kenai to try and alleviate some of the flooding in residential areas there. The high groundwater is not only making it difficult to navigate several roads, it’s also left people without water in their homes.

Tesoro To Begin Construction Of Cook Inlet Pipeline Next Year

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Construction on a sub-sea pipeline to bring crude from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski could start as early as next May. The project that’s been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for consideration is basically the same as the one Cook Inlet Energy pitched last year; a 29 mile long, 8 inch diameter, U-shaped pipeline, joining production facilities at Kustatan with refining operations in Nikiski. Download Audio

K-Beach Flooding Declared A Disaster

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Residents near K-Beach Road in Kenai might finally have some relief as they continue to battle surface and groundwater flooding. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre issued a local disaster emergency declaration Tuesday.