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After over a year at the organization, ONC Executive Director Ron Hoffman has decided to resign.
Dean Swope/KYUK

In a call with KYUK Friday afternoon, Orutsararmiut Native Council’s Executive Director, Ron Hoffman, confirmed that he has resigned from his position.

ONC started publicly advertising for a new executive director several weeks ago, but the organization will not confirm that their current director is leaving.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Update April 6, 2018: In an interview with KYUK, Executive Director Ron Hoffman confirmed that he has tendered his resignation. After years of public service, he plans to go back into retirement.

The Orutsararmiut Native Council is looking to hire a new Executive Director, but the organization won’t answer any questions about why, or even whether, their current director is leaving.

Representative Dan Ortiz, an Independent from Ketchikan, introduced a resolution last week calling for Governor Bill Walker to “issue an administrative order recognizing a ‘linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages.


Update: The Community & Regional Affairs Committee meeting has been canceled today. But discussion of the "linguistic emergency" is likely to get picked back up at next Tuesday’s meeting.  


The Alaska Native Linguistic Emergency resolution is ready to move through committee in the state Senate. It has already passed the House.


AVCP's Chief Operating Officer, Liz Pederson, has decided to resign.
Courtesy of the Association of Village COuncil Presidents

There’s been a small shakeup in the Association of Village Council Presidents’ upper leadership. Liz Pederson, the nonprofit’s Chief Operating Officer, has resigned. Her last day of work will be April 11.

Ruth Evon speaks at a Listening Session at Bethel Regional High School on March 17, 2018. The meeting was organized by Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky in response to resolutions issued by Napaskiak and Marshall.


No question about it, Bethel issues were a significant part of Tuesday's packed agenda at the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting. The Board eventually decided to table all decisions on liquor licenses in Bethel until a special meeting at a later date.



Tuesday March 27, 2018, Bethel City Council voted to postpone a meeting between the city administration and Alaska Commercial Company until after the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board meeting on April 3.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Make no mistake, a majority of the Bethel City Council wants their message to be clear to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board next week: they protest the renewal of Alaska Commercial Company's liquor license. On Tuesday night, the Council voted to postpone a meeting between the city administration and AC until after the ABC Board meeting next week.










Bethel City Council member Mark Springer has been appointed to serve on the Association of Village Council Presidents Yupiit Piciryarait Museum Advisory Committee.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


Bethel City Council member Mark Springer has been appointed to serve on the Association of Village Council Presidents' Yupiit Piciryarait Museum Advisory Committee. The non-profit has not been able to afford the environmental controls that the museum building needs to properly care for its artifacts.


The first round of Community Action Grants have been selected and Bethel City Council has signed off on them.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK


Bethel Search and Rescue will get money for supplies, ONC will have "community wellness" meetings, the Fitness Center will have money to offer women's self-defense training at no charge, and the library will get some staffing. All of this because of action by Bethel City Council last night.


Bethel High School Junior Amara Freeman and Senior Kelly O'Brien join the hundreds of thousands across the nation who marched for stricter gun regulation in the "March for Our Lives" on March 24, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Hundreds of thousands of Americans across the nation marched for more gun regulation this Saturday. In Bethel, about 30 people joined the movement, carrying signs and walking the slushy shoulder of Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. Most of those who took to the Bethel streets were students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and grandparents. Some remembered the school shooting in Bethel more than 20 years ago; the teenage students in the march have grown up amid the threat of mass shootings. KYUK brings you the voices of those marching in Bethel.


Election Division: Who Ya Gonna Call?

Mar 21, 2018
Yup’ik and English "I Voted” stickers from Bethel’s municipal election.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Jeremy Johnson is an elections supervisor based in Fairbanks. He phoned the tribal office in Birch Creek, which has a population of 33 according to the 2010 census. There are 13 registered voters in the Gwich’in Athabascan community near the Yukon river. It’s too small to have a polling station and the only way that voters can get to the one in Fort Yukon is to fly, drive a snowmachine or dog team, ski there, or take a boat when the river’s not frozen.