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Caribou Traders General Manager Todd Perez says that Jan. 5 will be the last day the liquor store is open for business.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Bethel's vote for local option alcohol control means that the only liquor store in town, Caribou Traders, is closing. General Manager Todd Perez says that the plan for Caribou Traders is pretty simple.

The high-water erosion event in May swallowed 75 to 100 feet of Akiak's riverbank.
Ivan Ivan / City of Akiak

Last week, state emergency management officials visited Akiak to see how they can help with the erosion confronting the village. An erosion event last spring left several homes less than 100 feet away from the river. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

What does it take to be a good parent? Mary and Ulrich Ulroan from Chevak say that it takes raising children with a fierce love for subsistence and their Yup’ik and Cup’ik cultures. Those efforts were rewarded last week when the Alaska Federation of Natives honored the Ulroans as Parents of the Year.  


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A student in Nunapitchuk brought an airsoft pistol to school during a make-up day on Oct. 19, putting the school on lockdown. The student has since been arrested and charged with third degree assault and terroristic threatening. 

Courtesy of Bethel Police Department

Update: Lateesh Evon, age 13, has been found and returned home safely.

Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Calista Corporation says that this year’s Akilista distribution is the biggest yet. The amount of money that will be dispersed has increased 15 percent compared to last year. In dollars, that means Calista will distribute a total of $2.97million to shareholders. Last year, the number was $2.7 million.

There is a school bus schedule change taking effect Thursday, Oct. 24. In the morning, Bethel students will have to wait an extra 15 or 20 minutes for the bus to show up if they live in the City Subdivision or Slough neighborhoods.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker says that it’s because the district is adjusting the route to “deliver students home more efficiently.”

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

On Wednesday, the Bethel City Council interviewed a candidate for city attorney, and chose to re-open the application period. This came a day after council also rejected both finalists for the Bethel City Manager position. 

The Kuskokwim River in the process of freezing up.
Courtesy of Cece Franko

It's preparing to be another long freeze-up, according to Bethel Search and Rescue volunteer Mark Leary. Pictures of the Kuskokwim River with floating chunks of ice are making the rounds on Facebook. BSAR President Mike Riley warns boaters to stay off the river.

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

Bethel City Council unanimously rejected adding a new city position, which would have employed a half-time dogcatcher, half-time city code-enforcer. 

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