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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.

Fred Watson
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

Bethel Vice Mayor Fred Watson has always wanted to serve on Bethel City Council. Watson got his shot in 2016, and is now seeking another term.

 

Mark Springer
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Currently completing his third term on Bethel’s City Council, Mark Springer is looking for a fourth; this time running as a write-in candidate.

 

Fritz T. Charles
Katie Basile / KYUK

  

It’s Fritz T. Charles’ second time running for Bethel City Council. Charles is a Member of Bethel’s VFW chapter, sits on the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group, and volunteers with Bethel Search and Rescue. He grew up in Tuntutuliak, and moved to Bethel at 18 for work. Recently he hosted KYUK’s Yuk to Yuk, but resigned to run for City Council.

 

First responders in Bethel won't be going to "Lousetown" any more. Last night, as it enacted a new street numbering system, the Bethel City Council also changed the name of the neighborhood to "East Avenue."
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

First responders in Bethel won't be going to "Lousetown" any more. Last night, as it enacted a new street numbering system, the Bethel City Council also changed the name of the neighborhood to "East Avenue."   

 

Smokers in Bethel must now stay 50 ft. back from businesses and all public building entrances, including public access handicap ramps.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

It’s official smokers: you must be 50 feet back from building entrances to smoke, and this now includes public access handicap ramps. The Bethel City Council voted unanimously in favor of stricter secondhand smoke protections at Tuesday's meeting.

 

A map of East Avenue, alongside Brown's Slough, once referred to as  “Lousetown," according to the City of Bethel's municipal code.
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If you drive on East Avenue, alongside Brown's Slough, you’re driving through “Lousetown.” That’s according to the City of Bethel's municipal code.

 

Residents living in Bethel’s City Subdivision can expect interruptions to their water service in the coming weeks as the city begins construction on a new project to expand piped water to a nearby area of town. 

What ordinance 18-21 proposes is that the city require all homes to be numbered according to the City of Bethel Address Map, and on a reflective green background sign with bright white lettering for the numbers.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

Can you see the street address numbers on your house at night? If not, it may soon be a violation. The proposed change comes due to growing safety concerns.

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