Shaylon Cochran

News Reporter

Shaylon Cochran has been reporting on local government, energy, fishing and everything in between for KDLL since 2011. He earned a degree in journalism from Iowa State University and worked in radio news at KNIA/KRLS in Pella, Iowa, before visiting Alaska in 2010 and deciding this was the place to be. His work has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition and been recognized with awards from the Alaska Press Club. When he's not hosting the KDLL Evening News or the Kenai Conversation, you can usually find him biking or skiing around local trails, looking for his dog or sampling the latest from one of the peninsula's many fine breweries.

 

The state legislature gavels in amid hope increasing oil prices and TAPS line throughput can help quell the state's budget mess, while Hilcorp has big plans for its stake in Cook Inlet.


 

The annual process of putting together the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget is underway.

 

There are some service area boards around the borough that have had a tough time finding enough members. Sometimes finding enough members to simply conduct business.

 

The state may have a new dance partner for the AK LNG Project. Governor Bill Walker tweeted over the weekend about meetings he had with the heads of some North Slope producers.

 

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking for ideas on what to study next.

AK LNG

 

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation will be meeting in Nikiski next month, providing an update on the Alaska LNG project. Officials are hopeful prep work can begin this year.

 

 


In this first episode of ECON 919, we take you to the recent Economic Outlook Forum and introduce you to one of the newest players in the Central Kenai Peninsula's economy. And we wrap up with some potentially encouraging news about your PFD.

ECON 919 is KDLL's new, weekly economic report for the Central Kenai Peninsula. It can be heard each Friday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tim Dillon

 

The Soldotna city council got a first look at some drawings for the planned field house expansion at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at its meeting Wednesday.

 

Movers and shakers from around the central peninsula gathered for the annual industry outlook forum Wednesday in Soldotna.

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Winter seems to be holding out enough for the 31st running of the Tustumena 200 sled dog race. Race Director Tami Murray joins us this week to talk about how the course is shaping up, which local teams will be lined up and how you can volunteer (Just go here). An official starting location will be announced before the race on January 27th.

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