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.

Senator Lisa Murkowski was in Kenai Friday to speak at a joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Jenny Neyman/KDLL


For almost 60 years, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has recognized local businesses during an annual awards ceremony. For the big one, the Chamber’s business of the year award, some critria need to be met.

Cooper Landing Gun Club


Sportshooters in Cooper Landing may soon have a new facility to sharpen their aim. The borough planning commission will take up a motion this week to lease 66 acres for a new shooting range.

Harry Hagelund



The Trump administration recently announced new tariffs on solar panels. The solar industry is growing rapidly in the Lower 48, and it's gaining a foothold even in Alaska. But what the new trade policy means here depends on what part of the solar industry you’re involved in.



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Girdwood-based musher Nic Petit won the Tustumena 200 Sunday with a time of 26 hours, 26 minutes.



City of Soldotna

The city of Soldotna has made a job offer for a new city manager. Stephanie Queen, who had been the interim city manager since October was selected unanimously in a special session Thursday.


Residents along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska got a shaky wake up earlier this week. Fallout from a nearly eight point earthquake was limited to a predawn trip for some to higher ground, and no major damage was reported from the resulting tsunami wave, which topped out at less than a foot.

City of Kenai

The Kenai city council recently approved changes to leasing policies for airport lands. And that's just a beginning step in long-range plan to put the city's considerable land assets to better use for development. 



   The city of Kenai is looking to grow its economic base. That begins with one of the city’s more abundant resources, land. Shaylon Cochran has more on the plans to catalog and encourage development around the city.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission now has all the documentation it needs to move to the next phase in analyzing the AK LNG Project. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced Monday it had submitted the latest round of paperwork.