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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Invasive northern pike is again in the cross hairs for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter


Local birders are getting their winter gear ready for another round of Christmas counting.

Redoubt Reporter



The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its forecast for next year’s sockeye salmon return.


It’s taken some time, but the city of Soldotna is moving closer to putting new regulations in place for the cannabis industry.

On this week's Kenai Conversation, Shaylon Cochran talks with Lou Heite from Eagle Glade Farms in Nikiski and Ken Hynes from the Flats Bistro in Kenai about what kind of ingredients are available locally this time of year, and how to turn then into a great holiday meal. 


An effort to get a proposed borough-wide bed tax on next year’s ballot has been postponed until March.






With the Walker administration’s recent announcement that it has a tentative LNG buyer in China, plans for the AK LNG line could be moving forward as soon as the middle of next year.

Kenai River Center



The Kenai Peninsula Borough planning commission dealt with something new at its meeting this week. For the first time, it had to handle a permit denial for building within the borough’s 50 foot habitat protection zone.


It’s been 20 years since the state Board of Fisheries held a meeting on the Kenai Peninsula.

City of Soldotna


Each year, the city of Kenai puts together a big report detailing the ups and downs of that year’s dipnet season. Down the road in Soldotna, the crowds don’t get quite so big during the peak rush in mid-July, but the Parks and Recreation Department keeps busy handling all those visiting fishermen nonetheless.