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Crooked Creek Traditional Council Building
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Crooked Creek is getting a new runway. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an award of $16,054,709 to rebuild the village’s runway. 

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Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority lost a civil court case last Friday when a jury found the agency responsible for $3,427,000 in damages. In January of 2016, a boiler explosion injured Dietrich Mael in his family’s home, which was built by AVCP RHA. 

Thaddeus “Thad” Tikiun is the new board chair of the Association of Village Council Presidents. During the second day of the 2019 AVCP Annual Convention, AVCP delegates chose him to replace outgoing chair Raymond Watson, who had finished his three-year term.

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People in the Bethel Cultural Center tensed up on the morning of Sept. 25. A resolution seeking to withdraw AVCP’s 2006 resolution supporting the proposed Donlin Gold mine had just popped up on the projector screen. The 2006 resolution said that it supported the mine’s development as long as it was developed in an “environmentally sound manner.” 

For most applicants, the Permanent Fund Dividend arrives next Thursday. Each check totals $1,606.00. That’s six more dollars than last year’s PFD amount and is the highest PFD since 2015 when checks reached $2,072. 

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During the first day of its annual convention, the Association of Village Council Presidents had some good news to tell the 38 delegates attending: AVCP is set to file its 2018 audit on time, which is a first for the organization.

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The Association of Village Council Presidents no longer supports the proposed Donlin Gold mine. That decision came during its annual convention this week.

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Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention kicks off Sept. 24 at the Bethel Cultural Center. It will last until Sept. 25. 

Two more marijuana stores are one step closer to opening in Bethel. Last week, the state’s Marijuana Control Board approved “Kusko Kush” and ”Alaskan Grown Cannabis,” but they had some conditions. 

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Kwethluk is partnering with Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative to build a battery storage system. It will keep the power on during outages, and could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel.