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.


There can be a fair amount of things to grumble about for locals during the dipnetting season on the Kenai.

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It’s just about the midway point for the annual personal-use fishery on the Kenai River. So far, fishing has been a bit on the slow side.

Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Jill Schaefer was arrested this week. 

On this week's Conversation, host Shaylon Cochran speaks with Stephanie Queen, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the city of Soldotna and Tim Dillon, Executive Director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District about what kinds of jobs and industries might be making their way to central peninsula in the future to compliment established industries like fishing and resource development.

Commercial fishing for the drift and set-net fleets was generous last week, but things look to be slowing down a bit.

 


 

Peer-to-peer services aren’t all that new on the central Peninsula. Air BnB has been around for years. And buying and ordering personal services via the internet is only growing. Case in point, you can get an Uber now.

Firefighters in Kenai responded to a fire on the Kenai River south beach Thursday night.

 

“It was a fully involved fire," said Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.

 

"It turned out to be a Westfalia Volkswagen camper van. We responded down on the beach, we used one of our brush trucks, which are pickup trucks with 200-gallon water tanks with a pump. Our fire engines aren’t able to drive on the beach. We put the fire out. There were no injuries and at this time there’s no determination for what caused the fire.”

Voters in Soldotna will not have to consider a ballot question changing the city’s charter, which was just updated last year.

The city of Soldotna is working on updating its sign code. It has been since the beginning of the year, and there’s still a lot to flesh out before anything resembling an ordinance goes to the city council. I caught up with city planner John Czarnezki to see where things stand now, and what’s coming up.

The Soldotna city council will vote on putting a question to voters on the fall ballot about the role of the mayor at its meeting Wednesday night.

 

Last year, Soldotna became a home rule city. But some language in the new charter didn’t line up with city code regarding what role the mayor plays in administering local government. Mayor Pete Sprague says he wants that role to remain unchanged, and to have it not only codified in the city’s books, but also in the city’s charter, which has to be done at the ballot.

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