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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

You can’t buy alcohol from a store in Bethel today, and it’s not clear when you might be able to again.


Bethel City Council member Leif Albertson [left] has proposed an ordinance to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Council member Mitchell Forbes [right] proposes that instead of banning hard liquor, to set a price floor of $40 per bottle.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

It was a long Tuesday for Bethel City Council members. Many attended the nearly six-hour Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting and then launched into a multi-hour City Council meeting where discussions on alcohol continued. In the end, the council made no changes to current city alcohol regulation, but did pass an ordinance to put local option back on the ballot in October’s municipal elections, complying with a citizen petition. If the proposition passes, alcohol sales would once again become illegal.

The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, effectively shutting down Bethel’s only operating liquor store.
Geraldine Brink/KYUK

AC Quickstop's liquor store will not be open Wednesday morning. In a game-changing and emotional decision, the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided against renewing AC Quickstop’s liquor license on Tuesday night, which effectively shut down Bethel’s only operating liquor store. The Board’s decision will go into effect immediately.

A bottle of R&R Whiskey lying in a Bethel parking lot.
Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on whether to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Hard liquor, in this case, would be any beverage with an alcohol by volume content of 21 percent or higher. The proposed ordinance would also require liquor store owners to place stickers on each single alcohol bottle or case of beer sold, stating the store’s name and a health warning.

Bethel City Council will vote on whether to appoint Yup'ik elder Mary Nanuwak to the body during its meeting on May 22, 2018. Nanuwak would fill the vacancy left by former council member Naim Shabani. Nanuwak is pictured here in 2016 during her unsuccessf
Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel City Council will vote whether to appoint Yup’ik elder Mary Nauwak to the body during Tuesday's meeting. Nanuwak would replace former council member Naim Shabani, who is leaving his two-year term five months after his election. Nanuwak is the only person who submitted paperwork to fill Shabani’s seat.

Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

The Calista Corporation has taken its conflict with the former Chairman of its Board of Directors, Wayne Don, to court. In a lawsuit filed Monday, May 14, the corporation outlined a detailed argument against Don, who has refused to resign and claims the company’s Chief Executive Officer mishandled a sexual harassment complaint.


After months of infighting, Calista is taking its former chairman, Col. Wayne Don, to court.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation has had its fair share of infighting over the years, but the power struggle between CEO Andrew Guy and former chairman Col. Wayne Don is nastier than most. Both men are accusing each other of staging boardroom coups, abusing their authority, and lying to shareholders. Now, Calista is trying to forcibly remove Don from its board by taking him to court.


Peter Evon, age 35, will take over as Executive Director of the Bethel Orutsararmiut Native Council on May 29, 2018. He's pictured here with his five children, ages 10 to one year old.
Courtesy of Peter Evon

Bethel resident Peter Evon, age 35, has been selected to take over as Executive Director of the Bethel Orutsararmiut Native Council. Evon begins the position on May 29. He’ll replace current Executive Director Ron Hoffman, who’s retiring after a year and a half on the job.

With National Trails Day coming up, the City's Parks and Recreation Committee will be hosting "Friends of Pinky’s Park" at Pinky’s Park on June 2. Food and refreshments will be served as volunteers pick up trash and identify items needing to be fixed.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

    

Work on the new Owl Park playground is already a week ahead of schedule.

 

Bethel City Council member Leif Albertson [left] has proposed an ordinance to ban hard liquor sales in Bethel. Council member Mitchell Forbes [right] proposes that instead of banning hard liquor, to set a price floor of $40 per bottle.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

  

In a two to four vote at their last meeting, Bethel City Council decided to move forward on an ordinance to end hard liquor sales in the city. The ordinance would exclude liquor orders by freight.  

 

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