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.

On this week's conversation, we talk with Robert Ruffner and Brent Johnson, members of the borough's latest working group on gravel pits. What's the balance between residential expectations and commercial opportunity and how can it best be achieved?


The city of Soldotna has drafted a letter in response to the Kenai River Special Mangement Area board’s own letter to the state offering its opinion on turbidity issues on the Kenai river.


Oral arguments were supposed to be heard this week in Anchorage Superior Court regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s invocation policy. But as has been the pattern since the suit was initially filed more than a year ago, this will have to wait.



Just days after students in Homer demonstrated support for victims and survivors of the recent school shooting in Florida, a middle schooler in Ninilchik made threatening statements about bringing a gun to school.



For years, the Cooper Landing Gun Club has been looking for a new home. Its current location on Bean Hill Road is the oldest organized shooting range in the state.

Cleaning up utility poles is a costly business. That’s at the heart of a senate bill that would absolve utility companies of liability if treated poles foul groundwater under state law. Federal liability laws would still apply.

A working group looking into potential changes for the borough’s materials site code heard some staff recommendations at its most recent meeting.



Fundraising efforts for a multi-million dollar expansion of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex will move ahead this spring.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has been in office about three months now. So, as we get into the annual process of putting together a budget, how are things going? Are the conservative philosophies candidate Pierce ran on playing well with the realities of local government?




It took another tie-breaking vote from mayor Nels Anderson to inch the cannabis industry ahead in Soldotna. At issue Tuesday night was an ordinance that would have put 500 foot buffers between pot stores and a number of other locations like churches, schools and parks.