Political stories

Alaska’s U.S. senators have signed onto a bipartisan bill that would require states to include Native tribes and tribal organizations in suicide intervention and prevention planning.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents has joined the Alaska Federation of Natives and Tribal groups across the nation in opposing the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

A small group of Bethel citizens are organizing a campaign to rally support for a "yes" vote on the October 2, 2018 local option proposition.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

In less than two weeks, Bethel residents will head to the polls to vote on representatives for Bethel City Council. They’ll also vote on a proposition asking residents whether Bethel should return to local option status. The change would end legal alcohol sales in Bethel but would still allow for limited alcohol importation. With voting day approaching, local option supporters have begun to mobilize their campaign. KYUK attended their first public meeting on Wednesday.

Along with KYUK, the City of Bethel is hosting a one-hour call-in with state officials on Local Option starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018.
Courtesy of the City of Bethel


Local elections are on October 2, just two weeks away. Do you know where you stand yet on Local Option?



Entrepreneur Tiffany Phillips is suing the Calista Corporation in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Regional Native Corporation has denied any wrongdoing in an ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against the company.

Despite a low turnout of the candidates vying for a seat on the Bethel City Council, contenders enjoyed a civil, yet lively public forum on Monday, September 17. [Left to right] Anny Cochrane, Shadi Rabi, Mark Springer, and Vice Mayor Fred Watson.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Despite a low turnout of the candidates vying for a seat on the Bethel City Council, contenders enjoyed a civil, yet lively public forum on Monday night.

KYUK is gathering the candidates and asking them questions at Bethel City Hall on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 PM.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council elections are two weeks away, and seven candidates are vying for four open seats. To help Bethel residents learn more about the candidates and make their decision on who to vote for, KYUK hosted a candidate live forum on Monday night at Bethel City Hall.

Carole Jung Jordan
Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan


Born in Bethel and raised in Napakiak, Carole Jung Jordan is running for Bethel City Council in hopes of making a positive difference in the community.

Shadi Rabi
Courtesy of Shadi Rabi


In just a little over two and a half years, Shadi Rabi has become a fixture in Bethel’s health and safety community. Now Rabi is running for Bethel City Council.


Anny Cochrane
Courtesy of Anny Cochrane


It’s her first time running for public office, and Anny Cochrane knows exactly what she wants to bring to Bethel City Council.