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​On Tuesday night, Bethel's election results were certified and three newcomers joined the Bethel City Council. The council also said goodbye to members Mark Springer and Mayor Richard Robb.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

  

On Tuesday night, Bethel's election results were certified and three newcomers joined the Bethel City Council. The council also said goodbye to members Mark Springer and Mayor Richard Robb.

 

 


After nine years of service, Tuesday was Bethel Mayor Richard Robb’s last night on Bethel City Council.
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

After nine years of service, Tuesday was Bethel Mayor Richard Robb’s last night on city council. Before passing the torch, Robb took a few moments to reflect on his service in a conversation with KYUK’s Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau on Monday.

 

 


Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Association of Village Council Presidents delegates passed only one resolution at this year’s annual convention, and it came from the regional non-profit itself. Seven resolutions submitted by tribes were tabled until next year because they missed the submission deadline, according to Azara Mohammedi,  AVCP's Director of Communications. The deadline was August 20. 

Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott went to Bethel last week to talk about what the Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency Administrative Order can do. He also took a moment to recognize public broadcasting’s John Active, who made major contributions to keeping language a
Katie Basile / KYUK

As the ink dried on Gov. Walker’s signature finalizing the Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency Administrative Order, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott went to Bethel to speak about what the order can do. He also took a moment to recognize public broadcasting’s John Active, who made major contributions to keeping language alive in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

 


Bethel voters have decided that their community should remain wet, for the time being, after the strictest form of local option alcohol control available failed in Tuesday’s election.
Dean Swope / KYUK

  

Bethel voters have decided that their community should remain wet, for the time being, after the strictest form of local option alcohol control available failed in Tuesday’s election. Sponsors of the petition drive that put the proposition on the ballot are disappointed, and are now seeking different options for moving forward. One thing is for certain: legal alcohol sales are still a go in Bethel, though for now there are only a beer and wine store and a restaurant selling alcoholic beverages.

 

 


Local option fails in unofficial election results.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

A ballot measure to impose a complete ban on alcohol sales in Bethel under the state's local option law has failed in a close vote, according to unofficial election results.

 


Katie Basile / KYUK

Local Option Proposition: Failed

Yes votes: 488 total votes; 46.21% of total votes on the question.

No votes: 564 total votes; 53.41% of total votes on the question.

Unofficial returns from the Lower Kuskokwim School District Board election show incumbent Clarence Daniel holding onto Seat H and Raymond "Thor" Williams replacing Susan Murphy.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

While unofficial election results show the ballot proposition to ban alcohol sales in Bethel has failed, many people living outside of Bethel went into election day hoping the proposition would pass.


AVCP Board Chairman Raymond Watson addresses the 53rd annual AVCP convention on September 26, 2017.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Public safety is the top priority for the 56 communities composing the Association of Village Council Presidents, and multiple sections of this year’s convention will be dedicated to this issue.


The polls open at 8 a.m. tomorrow, and Kusko Cab is offering free rides to voters to and from precincts.

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