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.

Three years ago, voters across the state of Alaska chose to drastically change the way we deal with marijuana.


On this week's Conversation, we sit down with candidates for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 2, Hal Smalley and Duane Bannock

Dr. Nels Anderson doesn’t have much to contend with in his bid for Soldotna mayor. He is the only candidate running. But there will be much for him to oversee over the next three years if elected.


With Stan Welles stepping down from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly earlier this year, the District 5 race has two challengers and no incumbent. Leslie Morton is one of the candidates looking to represent residents of Sterling and Funny River.

Campers on the city of Kenai’s beaches will have to be more careful about their bonfires in the future.


The fuel company Tesoro is now known as Andeavor.

This week, we talk with one of the candidates running for Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in District 5 (Sterling/Funny River), Leslie Morton. The other candidate in the race, Norm Blakely, declined our interview to be a part of the program.

City of Soldotna



There may not be much drama in the city council elections in Soldotna this year. But for those who will be in office, or like Tyson Cox, back in office, there will be some big issues to deal with in the next term. Cox is running for council seat B.

There’s a lot of focus all over the world to encourage more women to enter science-based careers. Locally, one doesn’t have to look long to find educators, researchers, doctors and many others who have made such that choice.

Harvest Pipeline Co



A subsidiary of Hilcorp has applied for changes to its pipeline system that would allow oil to be piped from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski.