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.

Late Tuesday afternoon the Alaska State Troopers recovered a body from the mouth of the Kenai River, near the north shore. The body was found at about 4 p.m. Troopers have sent the body to the Alaska Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.

No other information was officially available, however, in early August, 63-year-old Phillip Kurt Keltner, of Colorado, disappeared when he was swept downriver after the skiff he was in capsized. According to the troopers, he went under and was not seen again.

City of Soldotna

As Soldotna continues to gather information regarding expanding its city limits, it has brought on an Outside consultant to help. Megan Picard, with the Athena Group near Denver, says most of the input so far has been from outside the city.

Dave Eggers

  The Soldotna Public Library is starting a new series of community discussion about climate change, starting in September. Library clerk Reilly Selmser kicked off "Pushing the Limits" with an informational meeting recently.

Soldotna Community Schools

  If you're the type who just ignores inserts in your daily newspaper, go back and see if you can dig this one out: the Soldotna Community Schools Fall 2017 Course Brochure. It's 24 pages of courses being offered that range from Dutch oven cooking to storytelling to stand up paddle board yoga. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Joel Todd, the assistant director of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department, who coordinates the community schools program.

ADF&G

 

  Waterfowl hunting season kicked off Friday morning on the Kenai Peninsula and in several other areas of the state. Jason Schamber, the statewide waterfowl program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage.

A small earthquake centered in Nikiski was felt in several areas of the Central Kenai Peninsula at 1:05 Monday afternoon. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the magnitude 4.1 shaker occurred 34 miles below Puppy Dog Lake, about seven miles north of Kenai. No damage was reported.

  On Saturday when a three-year-old child wandered away from his home near Sterling, several agencies mobilized for the search. But officials also enlisted the help of area residents through its "Rapid Notify" system.

Sportsfishing rarely gets attention at a North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, mostly because the council deals with fisheries in federal waters. But offshore, or saltwater, sportsfishing is a growing segment in the Lower 48, and stakeholders in those regions are looking for changes under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to better accommodate their fisheries.

Searchers looked for an hour and a half on Saturday morning after a three-year-old child went missing from a home on Chas Ross Road in Sterling.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, four agencies, including Wildlife Troopers, state park rangers and Central Emergency Services, joined good Samaritans in the search, after the preschooler and his dog were reported missing at about 8 Saturday morning.

The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center also used a "Reverse 9-1-1" phone call system called "Rapid Notify" to alert residents in the area of Chas Ross Road.

Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

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