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.

Nonprofit organizations permeate the Central Kenai Peninsula, doing such disparate public services as feeding the poor, protecting the vulnerable, attracting visitors and broadcasting unbiased news and information from around the state, nation and world. The one thing they all have in common is the need to raise money for their missions. On this week's Econ 919 we find out what professional fundraisers would like you to know about funding nonprofits.


It’s a challenging business climate in Alaska these days, with the low price of oil keeping spending down across the board and unemployment pretty high. And if you were to ask Alaska businesswomen, many would say it’s just that much more challenging for them. That’s where the Kenai Women in Business Summit on Friday might help.

“We’re really excited to bring this forth and see how it goes and potentially do one in the fall, to catch everyone that we miss this spring and make it an annual event," said Johna Beech of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

  It’ll be a few more weeks before you can head down to Cunningham Park or other favorite fishing spot and expect to hook a fish reliably. But, if you are a junior angler and you’re at the Sports, Rec, and Trade Show this weekend, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get your limit. KDLL’s Jay Barrett spoke with Kelly Martin about the show. She is the CEO the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors, which presents it each year in the Soldotna Sports Complex.

The driver of a tour bus that caused a fatal crash on the Seward Highway in 2015 has been indicted by an Anchorage grand jury. Sixty-three-year-old Charles Curtis of Wasilla was charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of assault in the second degree. In an announcement, the district attorney also added nine counts of fourth degree assault. The indictment was announced Friday.

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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.


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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. 

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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.

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