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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

Callers on KYUK’s Friday Talk Line program sent an outpouring of support for Mary Nanuwak, and cried foul on the Bethel City Council’s decision not to appoint the Yup’ik elder to an open seat that she applied for. She meets all of the legal requirements and was the only applicant.

The Calista Corporation's headquarters in Anchorage. Calista CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don both plan to testify at a hearing on June 4, 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation’s ongoing power struggle is coming to a head on Monday in an Anchorage courtroom. CEO Andrew Guy and former board chair Wayne Don are facing off, and both intend to take the stand. 

Former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler will plead guilty to one count of harassment.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Almost six months after he was accused of slapping a woman in his hotel room, former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler is pleading guilty, though not to assault.

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

A seat remains vacant on the Bethel City Council after half the council refused to appoint a female Yup'ik elder. Mary Nanuwak meets all of the legal requirements and was the only person who applied to fill the position after Naim Shabani’s resignation. However, on Tuesday, only three of the six all-male council members voted for her appointment: Leif Albertson, Mitchell Forbes, and Mark Springer.


Former Calista executive George Owletuck poses with Calista CEO Andrew Guy after a hunting trip in September 2017. This picture was posted to Facebook four days after a woman told Guy that Owletuck sexually harassed her.
Courtesy of Facebook.

An internal power struggle at the Calista Corporation centers on the handling of a personnel matter and whether it was dealt with properly, or whether it’s being used as a tool in an attempt to take over the corporation. The dispute is working its way through the courts now. The court filings do not disclose the identities of those at the center of the incident, but it is now clear which Calista corporate executive was fired in the wake of alleged sexual harassment.


Alaska Army National Guard Col. Wayne Don pledges the Oath of Office after being promoted to full colonel on July 14, 2017. In a recent filing, Don's attorneys describe the lawsuit against him as frivolous.
SGT. DAVID BEDARD / COURTESY OF U.S. ARMY

Attorneys representing Wayne Don and Sam Fortier responded to the Calista Corporation's lawsuit on Tuesday. In responses filed with the court, they characterized it as a “frivolous gambit to suppress the truth.”


Calista has filed a confidential report under seal in their ongoing lawsuit against the corporation's former chairman, Wayne Don.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The Calista Corporation is trying to keep a confidential report that might contain game-changing information about CEO Andrew Guy and a former Calista employee out of the public’s hands. 

In Bethel, An Alcohol Showdown "Like No Other"

May 24, 2018
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.

AC Quickstop Liquor Store Shuts Down

May 22, 2018
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.

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