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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced when it will complete its environmental review of the AK LNG project. December 2019 is later than the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation had hoped, but for now, that hasn’t changed its operating schedule.




The borough’s material site working group is focused mainly on gravel pits on the Peninsula. But gravel isn’t the only material being dug up, sold and used. At its most recent meeting the working group got into peat.



Alaska Gasline Development Corporation


The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has extended the public comment period for the Kenai Spur Highway rerouting project.


The Soldotna city council will soon have a vacancy. Keith Baxter will resign at the end of the month from Seat F, which he has held since last November.

Redoubt Reporter

A new bill working its way through the state senate would address the state-wide issue of the greying of the fleet. That is, many commercial fishermen reaching retirement age or beyond, and no younger fishermen in their wake to take over the limited number of permits. The bill had its first hearing this week, but will need some changes before going further.



Kenai National Wildlife Refuge


Despite all the snow still on the ground and in the forecast, it won’t be long before attention turns to fire season.


Perhaps you’ve read her blog or her column in the Anchorage Daily News or sampled her work at the Flats Bistro in Kenai. Now you can take Maya Wilson’s recipes home with her new cookbook ‘Alaska From Scratch’.



Central Area Rural Transit System



Public transportation can be a tough sell in a place known for its rugged individualism. But the Central Area Rural Transit System, CARTS, is working on a new strategic plan to make it easier for those who do depend on public transit to get a ride.




This week, what the alaska gasline development corporation needs from the city of Kenai for it’s much-hyped LNG project on the North road, but we start with job training.



Alaska Department of Corrections


Each year, about 12,000 prisoners are released in the state of Alaska. Three years after release, more than 60 percent of them will be back in prison. Lowering that recidivism rate has been a top goal of Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. And his department is trying to team with the city of Kenai to bring those numbers down.