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.

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.

One of four anglers thrown from their boat on the Kenai River late Friday night is missing and presumed lost. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch online, at about 9 p.m. on Friday, a boat with four people went out of control near Centennial Campground in Soldotna, downstream from the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Less than a week after the Alaska State Legislature finally passed a capital budget during a special session, the Kenai Peninsula Borough introduced a resolution divvying up the Community Assistance Program money it will receive, and moved it on to its Finance Committee.

The fisherman reported missing overboard from a fishing boat in Bristol Bay a week ago has been identified as being from the Kenai Peninsula. According to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers, 57-year-old Frederic Bock of Ninilchik is believed to have fallen overboard from the fishing vessel Lady Colleen, near Pilot Point on July 26th.

After searching all the next day, Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Kodiak suspended its efforts early Friday morning.

Bock was wearing rain gear and Xtra Tuffs, but no life preserver.

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About every 25 or so years, statistically, mud rushing down the side of Mount Redoubt as the result of volcanic eruption threatens the Drift River oil storage facility and terminal on the west side of Cook Inlet. If all goes as planned, a new project by Harvest Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp, will mitigate those dangers and simplify the pipeline infrastructure in and around the inlet.

Richard Novacaski, Alaska Operations Manager for Harvest Alaska, outlined the Cross-Inlet Pipeline Extension for members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

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Salmonfest this weekend in Ninilchik promises to be the largest ever, with a fourth stage and 70-plus acts entertaining a crowd that could grow to more than 6,000 revelers. 

Dipnet fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River ends Monday, but it will continue through Aug. 7 on the Kasilof River.

The ever-increasing demand for fresh and organic food has fueled an explosion of community-supported agriculture around the nation.

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