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The Kenai City Council approved a resolution Wednesday that served two connected purposes: end the lease with the old Ravn Alaska and start a new lease with the new Ravn Alaska, now operated by FLOAT Shuttle, Inc.

FLOAT bought a large portion of Ravn’s assets for $8 million this summer, after Ravn filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Ravn, which was previously Alaska’s biggest rural air service, flew with the airlines Corvus and PenAir. FLOAT is based in Southern California.

Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom said the resolution approved by the council did not stipulate any specific terms for Ravn’s terminated lease. Generally, it will allow the bankruptcy judge to reject Ravn’s ongoing lease with the Kenai Municipal Airport. Ravn will also pay the city its leases that are past due.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

The Alaska Department of Transportation is trying to wrap up road projects before winter sets in. Drivers should expect delays for the next couple of weeks. In Kenai, Bridge Access Road paving is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept 19 through Sept. 21. That’ll result in one-lane traffic and delays of 15 to 20 minutes.

On the Seward Highway, from Mile 37 to 52 near Summit, DOT is switching to day work in its passing lane project. Warmer day-time temperatures are better for paving. Construction hours are now 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will ask the state to count the number of students enrolled in the school district last year, rather than this year, to determine how much funding the district will get in the 2021 fiscal year.

The assembly voted unanimously to put forth the recommendation at its meeting Tuesday.

City of Kenai

A Kenai City Councilman was charged with driving under the influence Saturday. Robert Peterkin was arrested by Kenai Police at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Peterkin, 52, was charged with DUI and violating conditions of release, relating to a previous charge of driving under the influence in June in Homer.

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It’s Spirit Week at Kenai Central High School. Which is fitting, since students are particularly excited to be back in class this year.

“I think everybody is so glad to be back here,” said high school junior Katie Stockton. “So many people don’t like the remote learning. It just gets hard, it’s a lot more difficult to motivate yourself to do it.”

Stockton and her peers have just completed their first full week back at school in over six months and their third week of school this school year (the first two were remote).

Schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District opened their doors back up last Tuesday because of reduced COVID-19 rates across the peninsula. Now, students can engage in the parts of high school that have been impossible to recreate over Zoom, like hallway socializing and after-school activities.


 

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