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Big game hunters on the Kenai will be in a race to see who can bag one of a limited number of brown bears this fall. For the past five years, hunting licenses have been issued through a drawing. At the Alaska Board of Game’s meeting in January, it was decided to manage the hunt under a registration and permit system.

Era Alaska says it has completed all necessary upgrades and the Era Aviation fleet is resuming scheduled operations in Alaska after the commuter airline grounded 12 planes last weekend. In a statement Tuesday evening, President and CEO Bob Hajdukovich said staffers worked hard to complete the upgrades quickly and thoroughly.

A relatively short agenda allowed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly time to hear presentations and testimony from Southern Peninsula residents ranging from studies in Cook Inlet being performed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to hospital reports.

Heavy rain all over the Kenai Peninsula this week has put residents on alert for possible flooding. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Thursday for the Kenai River, from Kenai Lake to the river's mouth.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Tuesday morning for the Kenai River, from Kenai Lake to the river's mouth. Heavy rain over the last three days has caused Kenai Lake to rise two feet, NWS said in a news release, and the lake is expected to rise another two feet over the next three days.

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavor” was originally supposed to be in Kachemak Bay for only six days before moving on to drill near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet. Due to work being done to the massive rig, however, it has been in place outside the Homer harbor for almost a month. And now, the rig has done something that is normally not allowed in Kachemak Bay – it has lowered its 410-foot legs down to the sea floor.

The Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, ended Saturday night at 9 p.m., leaving a California fisherman $10,000 richer. And his bounty will have a direct impact on the community.

Another drilling rig is has arrived in Cook Inlet. Apache Corporation announced Tuesday that a rig for their on shore location near Tyonek has arrived with plans to begin drilling in the fourth quarter.

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