Bethel City Council will discuss proposed alcohol ordinance and replacing City Attorney Patty Burley.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Bethel City Council will look at ways to replace City Attorney Patty Burley at tonight’s regular meeting. Mayor Fred Watson proposes using the same recruitment firm as the one being used to find the next city manager. 

City Attorney Patty Burley's last day will be August 2.
Greg Kim / KYUK

She has served the city for almost a decade, and now she’s quitting. Bethel City Attorney Patty Burley has submitted her resignation. Her last day will be August 2. 

Johnnie Evan, George Guy, and Wayne Don taking oaths of office following their reelection to the Calista Corporation board on July 5, 2019 in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
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According to unofficial election results, the Calista Board of Directors remains unchanged following the regional Alaska Native corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. George Guy of Kwethluk, Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak, and Wayne Don of Mekoryuk were all re-elected to the Calista Board.

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Alaska Senate has a new leader who could bring more political leverage to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Senate President Cathy Gessiel appointed Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman to Senate Majority Leader. Hoffman replaced Sen. Mia Costello in the role after she did not appear in Juneau on Monday for the start of the second special session.

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Smoke is smogging the air in Bethel as Southwest Alaska remains under an air quality advisory from wildfires sweeping through the Interior region. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation issued an advisory on Saturday that continues through Monday evening.

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Alaska State Troopers checked the home of Ray Steeves in Upper Kalskag on July 4. They didn’t know if he would be inside, but he was.

Video screenshot of a Grant Aviation plane that crashed near the Bethel airport runway on July 8, 2019.
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This story has been updated to include a video of the smoking plane. Video credit: Greg Lincoln of Delta Discovery.

A plane crashed on the runway in Bethel earlier this afternoon, and there were injuries. Bethel police officers and firefighters arrived at the airport to find a Grant Aviation plane on its side and in flames. 

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Temperatures in the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas are once again smashing records. The warmer temperatures will weaken winter sea ice and promise a later freeze-up for coastal communities in Western Alaska. 

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million of budget line items last week. Many Bethel organizations will feel the pinch should the vetoes remain in effect. Three-quarters of the state's lawmakers must vote against the vetoes in order to successfully override them, and that decision will come next week. 

Sen. Lyman Hoffman during a Senate Finance Committee meeting on March 29, 2016. Credit Skip Gray / 360 North
Skip Gray / 360 North

The Alaska Legislature reconvenes on Monday, July 8 for a special session to decide the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend. Legislators will also have the opportunity to override or amend Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes, totaling about $444 million, that slash or eliminate funding for services across the state. Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman of Bethel serves as the Legislature’s most senior member and sits on the Senate Finance Committee. KYUK talked with Sen. Hoffman about his expectations for the special session ahead.