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.

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.

The city of Soldotna has been working on updating its sign code since the beginning of the year. That work is nearing completion, with the city council signing off on a new set of rules at its meeting last week.

The Alaska legislature is taking some heat after the senate passed new crime reform measures that may not pass constitutional muster.

Anchorage Park Foundation


The city of Soldotna is considering adding some recreation opportunities at Soldotna Creek Park.



With the first snow on the ground and sticking, most farmers and gardeners around the Peninsula are looking ahead to next year.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL




A case of fraud, embezzlement and murder was heard last week at the Kenai court house.

Marilyn Wheeless

  If you’re into Alaska-inspired fiction, a book signing Saturday in Kenai might have a story for you.

Local author Marilyn Wheeless will be signing some of her work at the Double O Express at the Kenai Airport, including one of her latest, Dark Blue Deep, imagined in Kodiak.



After a long, contentious race, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has a new mayor: Charlie Pierce.


A three-way race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor on October 3rd ended in a runoff. But the runoff Tuesday between Charlie Pierce and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings was so close, that an abnormally high number of absentee ballots would have to determine the outcome.


Two days after polls closed in the runoff election for borough mayor, the winner is still not known.