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.


Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor Charlie Pierce has been in office for three months, and has spent a lot of time with borough staff trying to find more savings in the budget.




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The Alaska LNG plant in Nikiski won’t be built with the Kenai Spur highway on its current path. Monday night, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation was in town to talk about the options for relocating the Spur and take a few questions.



Redoubt Reporter



A state water report highlighting turbidity problems on the Kenai River has been met with a sharp rebuke by the local advisory board.





Borough mayor Charlie Pierce is rolling out some specific details on how to close the borough’s four million dollar budget gap. He spoke at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce Wednesday.



Ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting, the Kenai Peninsula borough assembly and the school board got together for a joint work session on the school district budget.

Senator Lisa Murkowski was in Kenai Friday to speak at a joint Kenai and Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Jenny Neyman/KDLL


For almost 60 years, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has recognized local businesses during an annual awards ceremony. For the big one, the Chamber’s business of the year award, some critria need to be met.

Cooper Landing Gun Club


Sportshooters in Cooper Landing may soon have a new facility to sharpen their aim. The borough planning commission will take up a motion this week to lease 66 acres for a new shooting range.

Harry Hagelund



The Trump administration recently announced new tariffs on solar panels. The solar industry is growing rapidly in the Lower 48, and it's gaining a foothold even in Alaska. But what the new trade policy means here depends on what part of the solar industry you’re involved in.



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Girdwood-based musher Nic Petit won the Tustumena 200 Sunday with a time of 26 hours, 26 minutes.