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.

The United Way of the Kenai Peninsula is closing its doors. In a letter to the community published Wednesday, the board of directors cited a downturn in charitable giving of 77-percent over the past eight years.

Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley sits on the Kenai Peninsula United Way Board. He was asked about the dissolution on KDLL's Kenai Conversation.

The 21st annual Soup Supper Fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is on Saturday, as part of the fifth Harvest Moon Local Food Festival. The first few "empty bowl" soup dinners were rather modest, compared to what the event has grown into, according to executive director Linda Swarner.

Though kids in the Russian Old Believer villages on the Kenai Peninsula began classes last week, school started for most students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Pegge Erkeneff, district communications liaison, about the upcoming school year.

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At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel declared Aug. 16 to be Dick Morgan Day in the city, in honor of the long-time Kenai businessman and city father who died Aug. 13.

Morgan came to Kenai in 1952, working at the Wildwood Air Force station before founding Morgan Steel, building the Kenai Golf Course and becoming publisher of the Peninsula Clarion.

Richard Irving Morgan was born in Longmont, Colorado. He was 89. His ashes will join those of his wife, Shirley, and eldest son, Donnie, atop Mount Redoubt.

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The Great American Eclipse, as Monday's astronomical event is being billed, will best be viewed from about a dozen states in a path from the Oregon coast, across the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, the Great Plains and then through the Bible Belt, ending off the North Carolina coast.

But all 50 states — yes, even Alaska — will get to see at least a little bit of the eclipse. Though the "Path of Totality," where the moon completely blocks out the sun, is relatively narrow at 71 miles, even on the Kenai, more than 50 percent of the sun's surface will be obscured by the moon.

In Nikiski, there's a little-noticed seafood plant that processes and ships out fresh and fresh-frozen razor clams to all parts of the country. That's because it's currently the only one in operation -anywhere. The plant manager is Rusty Roessler, who's been in charge at Pacific Alaska Shellfish for the past 14 years.

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Alaska Communications System, better known as ACS, will be testing a new wireless broadband internet service for rural areas of the Kenai Peninsula this fall.

Heather Cavanaugh and Stan Masneri presented a brief overview of the plan to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna. They stressed the importance of meeting timelines set by the Federal Communications Commission, which is paying for the project through the Connect America Fund.

On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett speaks with long-time Alaska cannery boss Rusty Roessler, who spent 14 years as the manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish in Nikiski. Today (Aug. 16) is Roessler's last day, and he's retiring after 36 years managing seafood processing plants around Alaska. This is an extended version of the conversation that aired.

It's still largely a Lower 48 problem, but being bitten by a tick can have serious health consequences.

The Kenai River king salmon season closed at the end of July, and by all accounts, both the early and late runs were successful for both anglers and escapement.

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