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Elizabeth Earl/KDLL

For the first time since its predecessor went bankrupt this April, Ravn Alaska is resuming regular scheduled service to Kenai and several other Alaska communities.

The airline is doing six flights a day from Kenai to Anchorage and six in the other direction. Starting Monday, Nov. 30, travelers could book seats on scheduled Ravn flights for $89 a ticket. 

Courtesy of Christina Clevenger

A Washington cat walks into a shipping container. Over a week and 2,500 miles later, he’s in Kenai. 

It’s a story that could have ended in tragedy. But it didn’t, thanks in part to the help of some local businesses and the magic of social media.

Panda, a tuxedo cat, went missing from his home in Thurston County, Wash., Oct. 13. His owners, Christina and Josh Clevenger, had been searching their neighborhood and posting in Facebook groups for over a week when they were on the verge of giving up the search.

Elizabeth Earl / KDLL

From a bird’s eye view, or maybe a pilot’s view, the Kenai Airport hasn’t changed much. The footprint is almost exactly the same, but to visitors arriving through that terminal, it’s a totally different place than two years ago.

The City of Kenai took on a comprehensive airport terminal overhaul starting in 2018. The terminal hadn’t had a serious remodel in decades. With about a $12 million price tag, the vast majority of the money came from the Federal Aviation Administration. A small match—about $1.5 million—came from the city.