Jay Barrett

Morning Edition host/news reporter

Born in Dillingham, Jay Barrett started in public radio at the age of 12, when the school district there started KDLG-AM. He has gone on to work in radio, television and print as a reporter, photographer and editor/news-director across rural Alaska. For the past dozen years, he’s been news director at KMXT Kodiak, where he’s produced The Alaska Fisheries Report for the last 10 years. He returns to KDLL 20 years from when he first came to the station.

Wiki Commons

Slowly, the date April 20, or "4-20," is taking on a different meaning in America, especially in states such as Alaska where recreational cannabis has been legalized. KDLL's Jay Barrett visited a couple of the Central Peninsula's cannabis retailers and spoke with customers and staff about the informal holiday.


Lockheed Martin

If you saw some unusual activity over Upper Cook Inlet last night, maybe some random flares and aircraft performing search patters, it turns out it was exercises conducted by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center out of J-BER (J-bear) in Anchorage.

This week on the Kenai Conversation, guests John Morton, the supervisory fish and wildlife biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Hans Rinke, the Kenai-Kodiak Area forester with the Alaska Division of Forestry discuss our forests, the trees in them, their future and the potential threats they face. 

Redoubt Reporter

Two Soldotna men got a welcome, if unexpected lift home from the Alaska State Troopers Monday afternoon.

The two men, Donald Joachim and Benjamin Nabinger, had just finished a hike across the Harding Ice Field from Seward and found themselves stuck once arriving on the west side when they could not cross the Skilak River.

The Alaska State Troopers were notified that the men were stranded at about 1:24 p.m., and the pair were rescued by the AST's Helo 3 and delivered to the Soldotna Airport by 2:30 p.m.

The comment period for the northern pike eradication plan for the Tote Road lakes area opened Monday.

Interested parties can comment on both the use of the pesticide Rotenone to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and on the environmental assessment to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Comments can be made to the agencies until May 17th and 18th, respectively.

KDLL spoke with Area Management Biologist Brian Marston in February about this project, which is the last in a series that’s lasted over a decade.

Well breakup hit the Kenai with a vengeance in the past week, with icy roads seemingly disappearing overnight and the rivers opening up to accept this year’s runs of salmon. All the salmon except those that go to support Peninsula fishing families that is - most of those wind up processed and shipped to markets nationwide. And it’s the jobs inside those seafood processing plants — very few are actually canneries any more — that we look at on this week’s Econ 91-9 feature.

Andrew Malone

  Saying the season for ice berg surfing only lasts three days or so, one young man has been raising eyebrows along the Kenai River between Soldotna and Kenai. 

Andrew Malone of Soldotna said he’s been riding the ice floes on the Kenai for four years, and he says people stop and take pictures and wave. Sometimes, like on Thursday, someone calls 911 thinking he’s being swept out to sea. But, as you may have read in the Clarion, CES responders were familiar with Malone and his impromptu float trips.

The first and second waves of a newly adopted teaching technique that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is implementing is underway, with the third “wave,” as the teacher training is called, to begin soon.

John Pothast is the director of elementary and secondary education with the district who has ushered in the Personalized Learning program.

“A couple years ago that ‘aha moment’ was the realization it’s not a thing. It’s a verb. It’s how are we conducting business," he said.

As we previously reported, the Kenai Elks Club has been having issues with the state of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office concerning its liquor license.

It turns out, just days after the Kenai City Council — for a second time — criticized the AMCO for mishandling the license renewal, the office issued the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk a temporary liquor permit.

KPBSD

Personalized Learning is more than a buzzword for the latest fad in public education. This week on the Kenai Conversation, KPBSD Director of Elementary and Secondary Education John Pothast and district Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, tell us about how Personalized Learning is being rolled out in classrooms across the district and what the expectations are.

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