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.

There'll be one new face on the Homer Electric Association board of directors after election results were tallied May 3 at the cooperative's annual meeting in Homer.

HEA members cast 3,196 ballots in person and by mail for the election which had three seats on the nine-member board up for grabs.

Incumbent Dave Carey, a former mayor of Soldotna and the Borough, ran unopposed for the seat representing Kenai, Nikiski, and Soldotna. It will be his 10th term on the board.

Due to a power outage that damaged breakers at the KDLL transmitter site, KDLL was off the air for part of the weekend. Thanks to Kelly's Electric for helping us get operational this morning. We'll need to do a little more work to completely remedy the problem but we'll do it with scheduled maintenance later this month to avoid another unplanned outage. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

Hardscratch Press

  The latest Alaska-centric biographic work from Hardscratch Press is out now, and is focused on commercial fishing in Cook Inlet. “The 50-Year Summer,” the story of David Leuthe's decades of returning to Kenai from Wisconsin was published in January. Publisher Jackie Pels gave KDLL a preview of "The 50-Year Summer" when she was in Kenai last fall.

 

Leuthe died in 2015, and the book was completed by his widow Lynne working with Pels.

Kenai Marine Mammal Monitoring Project

  Beluga whale watching used to be a popular attraction around Kenai, but for the past 20-some years sightings have become increasingly rare. And, for most of the year, the small white whales are few and far between in this part of Cook Inlet. It's no wonder they are being intensively studied.

One effort, the Kenai Marine Mammal Monitoring Project, is a community-based citizen-science program, overseen by Kim Ovitz, a fellow with the University of Alaska Sea Grant Program.

In one lifetime, the number of beluga whales in Cook Inlet has dwindled by about a thousand, with a little more than 300 still hanging on.  As a result, keeping an eye on the one-ton white whales has become a priority. On this week's Kenai Conversation, Sea Grant fellow Kim Ovitz talks about her project learning about belugas that visit the Kenai River, and what they mean to the people of Kenai.

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck near Kodiak in January generated plenty of tsunami alerts -- though little in the way of actual tsunamis -- throughout coastal communities in the Gulf of Alaska, including here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Unfortunately, many people who needed to be notified of potential doom were not able to be reached because of limitations in the equipment the borough's Office of Emergency Management uses to contact citizens in times of crisis.

Trinity Greenhouse on K-Beach Road has been a staple for Central Peninsula gardeners for over 40 years, and though it recently changed hands, the founder is confident the future is growing. Host Jay Barrett welcomes Trinity Greenhouse co-founder Ron Sexton and new owner Darren Henry.

The homesteader history of Kenai is the focus of this hour. Catherine Cassidy of Kasilof and Carol Knutsen of Kenai are Jay Barrett's guests and discuss their work keeping the homesteader history alive.

KPBSD

On last week’s “Local Science” Friday during KDLL Spring Membership Drive, we heard about the technology the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District uses to keep everyone connected.

And that’s not an easy job - “everyone” includes not only students and teachers, but parents and administration and support staff, and last but not least, the general public.

On "Local Science" Friday we welcome the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Pegge Erkeneff, Eric Soderquist, and Jake Doth as we discuss the technology the district uses to in the central office, in the schools, and in the cloud to connect teachers with students, parents with educators, and administrators with the public.

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