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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 Rep. Fansler To Be Arraigned This Month

Jun 8, 2018
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.

CEO Andrew Guy says that he was unaware that George Owletuck had sexually harassed anyone until October 2017.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

The Calista Corporation's CEO decided to take his case directly to the public this week. Accompanied by a board member, a public relations expert, and an attorney, he sat down with KYUK to tell his side of the corporation's power struggle, which has split the corporation’s Board of Directors and devolved into name-calling and litigation.


Brian Henry addresses Bethel City Council before his appointment to the body on June 5, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel City Council has appointed Brian Henry as its newest council member. Henry fills the seat left vacant by Naim Shabani’s resignation and will serve until the October municipal elections.

Judge Throws Out Part Of Calista Lawsuit Against Wayne Don

Jun 5, 2018
Part of the Calista Corporation lawsuit against its former chairman was dismissed on June 4, 2018.
Courtesy of Calista Corporation.

Calista Corporation board member Wayne Don won a significant victory in court on Monday. After deliberating for several hours, Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi threw out part of the Calista Corporation’s lawsuit against Don, denying an injunction that would have kept Don quiet before the upcoming board elections.

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