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A blizzard warning has been issued for the Kuskokwim Delta. Beginning around 6:00 a.m. on Nov. 19, winds of 35 to 45 miles per hour are expected, with gusts as high as 60 miles per hour. 

The proposed store for Kusko Kush sits on 3rd Avenue between the Long House Hotel and Sammy's Market. Store owners Naim Shabani and Jared Karr built the store on land they are currently leasing from the City of Bethel.
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The state’s Marijuana Control Board is currently in a holding pattern, waiting to see what the City of Bethel does with two marijuana stores. 

On the lower Yukon River, the city council in Marshall wants to open a city-run alcohol store. On Wednesday, the council voted to begin the process of making it happen in their currently dry community.

Three hard-working Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta leaders are receiving vacations funded by the Rasmuson Foundation.

Musher Pete Kaiser closes in on the K300 Bethel finish line to win his fourth consecutive Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race on January 20, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Nov. 14 marks one month since registration opened for the 2020 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Eighteen mushers have currently signed up. As usual, the list includes champions from some of Alaska’s toughest races, including Bethel musher, four-time K300 champion, and reigning Iditarod champion, Pete Kaiser.

Bethel Dog Groomer Raeann Grantham holds KoKo giving her a quick trim.
Greg Kim / KYUK

For the first time in a long time, Bethel has a dog groomer. Raeann Grantham started seeing her first four-legged clients two weeks ago, and she says that business is booming. 


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The council approved adding $10,000 to the budget for recruiting for the positions of City Manager and City Attorney. The money will go toward additional advertising and travel.

Courtesy of BLM

The Orutsararmiut Native Council calling the federal planning process for how 13 million acres of public land is managed in the region “woefully inadequate.” BLM says that they are taking more steps to reach out. 


Bethel City Council added $10,000 to the recruiting budget to find a new city manager and city attorney, and is actively reviewing applications for Bethel Police Chief.
City of Bethel

The City of Bethel received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve safety in Bethel schools. The bulk of the funding will be used to install a secure entrance at Bethel Regional High School. Staff will be able to use cameras to monitor who is entering, and “buzz” people in when they are deemed safe.

The proposed store for Kusko Kush sits on 3rd Avenue between the Long House Hotel and Sammy's Market. Store owners Naim Shabani and Jared Karr built the store on land they are currently leasing from the City of Bethel.
Greg Kim / KYUK

The Bethel City Council has backtracked on previous decisions to block two marijuana stores from opening. On Nov. 12, council changed its protests of licenses for both Kusko Kush and Alaskan Grown Cannabis to conditional protests. Now, if the marijuana stores can follow city and state fire marshal codes, they will be allowed to open. 

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