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.

 


 

Much of the election season attention has been focused on borough-wide issues and candidates. But the Kenai city council has a competitive race with three candidates vying for two seats. Henry Knackstedt is looking to return for a second term on the council.

 

 


You don’t have to be a long time Peninsula resident to recognize the Navarre name during election season. Tim Navarre is looking to return for a third term on the Kenai city council, adding to a long resume of public service.

 


As campaign season creeps toward the finish line on October 3rd, the issues atop the minds of candidates for borough offices are becoming clear. Mostly, it’s the budget.

KDLL's election coverage continues this week as we speak with candidates for District 1, which encompasses much of the K-Beach corridor and parts of Kenai.

 

 

Political races in Soldotna are pretty much already settled, with only one candidate for each seat up for election. Keith Baxter is looking to return to the council following a failed bid at the state house last fall.

Homer has one for winter kings and halibut. Seward’s is one of the oldest in the state. And now, Kenai will have its own silver salmon derby. After a little more work than expected, the Chamber of Commerce is set to start giving out prizes for the four day contest.

 

Charlie Pierce is no stranger to the goings on of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served on the Assembly from 2008 to 2014 and now, after retiring from Enstar last year, he’s looking to serve as Borough Mayor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

This week, we have a conversation with Charlie Pierce, candidate for borough mayor. We'll hear how he plans to close the borough budget gap and why more technology is a good thing for the future growth of the peninsula.

For a second time, candidates for borough mayor got together to take questions and share their vision for the future of the Peninsula on Wednesday. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley in Kenai.

 

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Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings joins us on the Conversation this week to talk about her vision for the future of the Kenai and how to weather the current budget storm.

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