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The Tundra Women's Coalition's Thrift Store, in Bethel.
Paul Basile

The City of Bethel's push to enforce the sales tax ordinance on non-profit organizations continues to meet resistance. The current code says that while nonprofits are exempt from paying sales tax on items they purchase, they are still required to collect the tax on items they sell.

 

 


Mayor Richard Robb introduced a resolution Tuesday night to create a task force aiming at addressing alcohol related issues in Bethel and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. It passed.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

 

At the request of the Association of Village Council Presidents, Mayor Richard Robb introduced a resolution Tuesday night to create a task force aiming at addressing alcohol related issues in Bethel and the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta; the resolution passed. The push for the task force started after Cezary Maczynski’s Kusko Liquor was awarded Bethel’s third and final package store liquor license by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last year.

 

 

Tribal delegates signed a treaty to form the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government last August. This week, Akiak voted to formally join the new governing body.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

It was a small turnout Monday, but the village of Akiak voted to support the creation of the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government. The village is just one out of the 48 in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Less than a fifth of the approximately 380 village residents voted. Of the 73 people who cast their votes Monday, 68 were in favor of forming a regional provisional government. That’s according to a release issued yesterday from the Akiak Native Community.

Bethel City Council Member Mitchell Forbes submitted an application on January 15, 2018 for a petition to put local option on October's municipal ballot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

As promised, Bethel City Council member Mitchell Forbes submitted an application for a local option proposition to open and operate a city liquor store. He turned in the petition paperwork with the required 10 signatures on Monday.

Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Members of Bethel’s city government are meeting on Thursday night to discuss giving money to local community groups. They’re asking the public to weigh in on where that money should go.

Bethel City Council Member Mitchell Forbes submitted an application on January 15, 2018 for a petition to put local option on October's municipal ballot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Mitchell Forbes is continuing his campaign for a ballot proposition to return Bethel to a local option liquor community and open a city-run liquor store.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council slapped down a proposal to revisit Bethel’s local option alcohol sale situation on Tuesday night. The City Council narrowly voted to oppose the introduction of a ballot proposition revisiting the local option decision and banning all alcohol sales except those from a city-run liquor store. The proposition would have also asked voters whether to stop applying a Class C felony to people who supply alcohol to those under age 21.

Akiak Plans Vote On Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government

Jan 9, 2018
Tribal delegates signed a treaty to form the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government last August. Next week, Akiak will vote on whether to formally join the new governing body.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Akiak residents are heading to the polls next week, where they’ll decide whether their tribe should join the Nunavut Alaska Provisional Government. They will be the first village in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta to do so.

It’s been a little over a year since legal sales of alcohol began in Bethel, and City Council member Leif Albertson has now successfully introduced a proposal for the Council to vote on whether or not a 3 percent alcohol sales tax should be added to the O
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

At Tuesday's meeting, Bethel City Council will consider putting two alcohol propositions on the ballot for October’s municipal election.

Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison has been appointed as Presiding Judge of the Fourth Judicial District for 2018.
Alaska Court System

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has a new Presiding Judge. 

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