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.

A second round of borough mayoral campaigning is heating up.

Central Peninsula state legislators held a town hall meeting in Soldotna Wednesday night. Representatives Mike Chenault and Gary Knopp and Senator Peter Micciche took questions and talked about what they expect out of an upcoming special session.

Authorities have released the name of the Seward police officer involved in a deadly shooting over the weekend. Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong shot 41-year-old Micah McComas of Chugiak shortly before two o’clock Sunday morning following a traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.  

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting ready to prepare its annual budget.

Mark your calendars for October 24th. That’s the date of the run off election for Borough mayor. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce were the top two vote getters in unofficial results Tuesday night.

“I’m very, very pleased that I’m holding a majority of the votes on the Peninsula. I would say that Team Charlie is ready for the race. We’re going to run to the finish line," Pierce said.

Voter turnout across the Kenai Peninsula tends to be relatively low, typically running between 20 and 30 percent. In the last regular borough elections in 2014, roughly 11,000 of 42,000 registered voters made it to the polls; about 26 percent. This year, that overall number may be up a little. Borough clerk Johni Blankenship says absentee and early ballots are way up over previous years.


What does it take to stick around in Alaska politics for three decades?

For 60 years, the oil and gas industry has been front and center in the Kenai Peninsula’s economy and politics.

Across the state and on the Kenai, Native languages are finding new life through new speakers.

On Tuesday, borough voters will decide whether to keep or close the cannabis industry outside the cities.