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Tiffany Phillips filed a lawsuit against the Calista Corporation and CEO Andrew Guy on July 3, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Regional Native Corporation is now involved in a second court case as its annual meeting approaches on Friday. Last month, the corporation sued its own former Board Chairman and requested an injunction to silence him. The judge dismissed that motion, but the lawsuit is still alive. Now, someone has sued Calista.

Ruth Evon and other Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta elders speak at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting in the Bethel Cultural Center on May 22, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

  

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has reduced the number of liquor licenses available in Bethel from three to two. Initially, there were three approved liquor licenses: Bethel Native Corporation, Cezary Maczynski, and Alaska Commercial Company. But as the ABC Board considered not renewing AC's license in May, it re-evaluated the city's population numbers.

 

The City of Bethel’s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019 was passed on June 14, but one thing is clear: tough times are ahead for the City’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Tough times are ahead for the City of Bethel’s revenue sources, especially now that no alcohol sales tax is being collected. KYUK’s Municipal Reporter Christine Trudeau sat down with City Manager Peter Williams last week, along with Jim Chevigny, who was the city's Finance Director; Chevigny has since resigned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethel City Manager Peter Williams [left] and Former Finance Director Jim Chevigny [right] reviewing the FY2018 budget at Bethel City Hall on June 8, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

The City of Bethel’s Finance Director, Jim Chevigny, has unexpectedly resigned. His resignation comes right after the City’s budget was finalized. The city administration confirmed with KYUK on Wednesday that Chevigny’s resignation is effective immediately, adding that they do not expect any disruption to the Finance Department’s operations.

 

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fu
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

During Tuesday night’s meeting, amidst some confusion following the abrupt resignation of the City Finance Director, Bethel’s City Council decided in a split vote not to allocate $50,000 generated by previous alcohol sales to the Community Action Grant Fund.

 

Alaska Commercial's Quickstop Liquor Store, now closed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, was the most recent operating store in the Delta. On Tuesday, June 26, a council effort to strengthen security requirements was defeated.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

October elections are on the horizon, and the Bethel City Council is attempting to prepare for what would happen if the local option ballot measure to ban the sale of alcohol passes or fails. On the night of Tuesday, June 26, an ordinance to strengthen security requirements for liquor stores and bars went down to defeat in a tie vote.

 

Gov. Walker signed Senate Bill 148 on June 22, 2018. The bill will help villages to run background checks on future police officers, but it is voluntary for village police officers.
Courtesy of Yuut Elitnaurviat

Governor Bill Walker visited Bethel last week to sign Senate Bill 148 into law. The bill allows the Alaska Police Standards Council to work with villages to conduct background checks for future police officers. But for tribal police officers, it will be voluntary. 

The Calista Corporation launched a public relations campaign after part of its lawsuit against Colonel Wayne Don was dismissed in court.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation wasn’t able to silence former chairman Wayne Don with a lawsuit, so it’s launched a public relations campaign instead.

The Calista Corporation's annual meeting will be held on July 6, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation’s annual meeting is coming up, and shareholders will weigh in on whether or not the organization should create an Alaska Native Settlement Trust.

Former District 38 Representative Zach Fansler speaking with Bethel resident Mary Nanuwak at the December 12, 2017 Bethel City Council meeting. Fansler plans to plead guilty to harassment later this month.
Christine Trudeau/KYUK

Zach Fansler has a court date.

On June 21, the former House District 38 representative is due to be arraigned in Juneau on one count of harassment in the second degree. In an interview with KYUK last week, State Ethics Attorney Maria Bahr said that Fansler has agreed to plead guilty to that charge.

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