Bethel City Council Considers Declaring March 13 'Pete Kaiser Day', Changing Housing Regulations

Apr 9, 2019

Pete Kaiser wins the 2019 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska on March 13 at 3:49 a.m.
Credit Zachariah Hughes / APRN

On March 13 of this year, Pete Kaiser became the first Bethel musher and the first musher of Yup’ik descent to win the Iditarod. Kaiser grew up competing in local races in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. His list of achievements include being the first winner of the "Kuskokwim Triple Crown," having won the Akiak Dash in 2005, the Bogus Creek 150 in 2008, and four consecutive Kuskokwim 300 victories from 2015 to 2018. On Tuesday, Bethel City Council will consider a proclamation to declare March 13 "Pete Kaiser Day." 

Also on the agenda for the meeting, the planning commission has recommended that council approve an agreement between the city and the developer of the proposed Blue Sky Subdivision. The approximately 22-acre subdivision would wrap around Larson Subdivision, near the Bethel airport. The agreement would ensure that the developer constructs the subdivision according to city code.

The city council is also considering an ordinance to change the required water tank sizes for homes built after April 30 of this year. This ordinance aims to eliminate the need for any household to have water delivered more than twice per week. The tank sizes are reduced from those proposed at the last meeting. For example, the former proposal required a 1,200-gallon tank for a four-bedroom home, while the current proposal requires only 1,000 gallons for the same-sized home.

Tune in to the Bethel City Council meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., live on KYUK 640 AM.