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Exchange students have been part of Kenai Peninsula life for nearly 40 years now, with high-schoolers from all over the world sharing their culture with host families in Alaska. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we visit with a couple of this year's students, a couple host parents and organizers from the local AFS chapter. Tune in to find out about their adventures and how you could get a taste of it all.

Tickets for the AFS fundraising dinner, featuring dishes from all eight countries the year's students hail from, are available at River City Books in Soldotna.

Few things tie a place and a culture together like language. On this week's Kenai Conversation, native place names, how they’ve changed and why it matters.

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?

Kenai Performers

  Terri Zoph, the director of the Kenai Performers' production of Shrek: The Musical that opens Friday, along with tap dance choreographer Sally Cassano and three actors, Dagmar Meyer, Bill Taylor and Mike Gallagher, join host Jay Barrett to discuss what it takes to put on such a large and daunting production.

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?



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The #MeToo movement started raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment through social media and leaped off the Internet with events, marches and gatherings in real life. On the central Kenai Peninsula, the Many Voices organization has taken up that banner with a gathering and panel discussion held last month. Susan Smalley, a community volunteer with Many Voices, and two panelists from the event, Dr. Kristin Mitchel and Dr.

The Internet age was supposed to be the death knell for America’s public libraries. Google was supposed to replace the Dewey Decimal System and the Kindle was going to end paper books altogether. But, no. Not only are libraries like the ones in Kenai and Soldotna surviving, they’re thriving. We’ll find out why on the Kenai Conversation as host Jay Barrett welcomes head librarians Mary Jo Joiner and Rachel Nash from Kenai and Soldotna, respectively.

City of Kenai

The Kenai city council recently approved changes to leasing policies for airport lands. And that's just a beginning step in long-range plan to put the city's considerable land assets to better use for development. 

On this week's Kenai Conversation, former Kenai city and borough mayor John Williams returns to discuss the issues of the day with host Jay Barrett.

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Winter seems to be holding out enough for the 31st running of the Tustumena 200 sled dog race. Race Director Tami Murray joins us this week to talk about how the course is shaping up, which local teams will be lined up and how you can volunteer (Just go here). An official starting location will be announced before the race on January 27th.