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It took two and a half years of work, but the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s graduation rate is up by 11 percent, according to preliminary data.
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It took two and a half years of work, but the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s graduation rate is up by 11 percent, according to preliminary data.

 

The City of Bethel has signed a proclamation in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel has signed a proclamation in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15, including World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. 

 

Vice Mayor Fred Watson, who proposed an ordinance at this weeks City Council meeting to update city smoking laws.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

    

The Bethel City Council is considering the first change in its smoking laws in 20 years. At issue is how far a smoker has to be from the entrance to a public building, and exactly what should be considered an entrance.

 

 

The Bethel City Council approved a motion to join a national property tax lawsuit against the Federal Government.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

On Tuesday night, the Bethel City Council approved a motion to join a national property tax lawsuit against the Federal Government. The United States Court of Federal Claims informed the city that it was eligible. City Attorney Patty Burley said that it had already been determined by the courts that Bethel is owed money, but the amount is currently unknown.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A public hearing is being held in Bethel today about Donlin Gold’s plans to clean up its proposed mine, and how the company will pay for the clean up. The proposed gold mine could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed, and this step is essential before it begins mining. 


U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith is hosting a poetry reading at Bethel's library on August 28, 2018.
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The U.S. Poet Laureate is speaking at Bethel's library on Tuesday evening.

Bethel City Council member Mark Springer declared his candidacy as a write-in candidate on August 28, 2018.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Bethel City Council member Mark Springer will be a write-in candidate in October’s municipal elections.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The second day of a two-day workshop about climate change adaptation wrapped up in Bethel last week. 

On Thursday, August 23, 2018, the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board met for their monthly meeting to get the full update on the district’s temporary busing services.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

 

The school board got a briefing on transportation issues last week. Preparations for the new bus service are underway, and the temporary fixes put in place as school started have worked.

 

 

 

The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.
Dean Swope/KYUK

On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public hearing on how Donlin Gold plans to clean up after itself.

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