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Big tobacco is standing trial in Bethel’s court.

Dolores Hunter of Marshall and her two children are suing the cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria Group, for product liability, fraud, and the wrongful death of their family member, Delores' common law husband, Benjamin Francis, of Pilot Station. Francis died in 2004 of lung cancer after a long history of cigarette smoking.

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Telecommunications company GCI says Mountain Village, St. Mary’s, Tununak and Quinhagak will have their cell services upgraded to 3G. This means residents in those communities will be able to take advantage of faster video, audio, internet browsing, talk and text within the next month.

Mayor And Vice Mayor Reelected

Oct 20, 2016
Anna Rose McArthur

Mayor Rick Robb and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski have both been reelected to their respective positions by the Bethel City Council.

Calista Corporation

The Calista Corporation has announced a second dividend for shareholders this year. The Akilista dividend is based on the corporation's investments and will total $2.2 million this year, 10 percent higher than last year. This is in addition to the spring dividend based on Calista's profits. 

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bob Sivick visited Bethel this week as a prospective city manager and left with no offer and no decisions made.

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The idea of creating Indian Country in Alaska by putting private lands into federal trust status has many tribal advocates excited because they see it as an avenue leading to everything from administering justice in their villages to imposing taxes on tribal lands and escaping state and municipal taxes. 

Power Outages In Aniak Are Adding Up

Oct 14, 2016
Alaska Department of Commerce

The people of Aniak spent Thursday without power after a break in a power line caused an outage. This is just the latest in a series of power outages at the village. Laura Simeon, tribal administrator, worries about what this inconsistent power could mean for the community.

Bethel Takes Steps Towards ATV Rules

Oct 12, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

After much public outcry, the Bethel City Council is preparing to act on an ordinance that would clarify Bethel’s off-road vehicle laws and restore the authority of police to issue - or not issue - citations for driving on city roads. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The official vote is in: Emmonak has voted yes to alcohol sales, but questions are arising about the process for the second time.

In the village's second attempt to conduct a vote on the legalization of alcohol last week, 111 people voted yes to alcohol sales, and 103 voted no. The first time, votes were thrown out after being improperly counted. This time, city and tribal authorities are wondering if they were asking the right question.

The Problem With ATVs

Oct 11, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

The Bethel Police Department's crackdown on ATV use, as directed by the City Council, will be examined again at tonight’s meeting after public outcry. Research shows that ATV use is a major cause of injury in the area, but law enforcement may not have the authority to deal with it.

Ask for a description of ATVs on the roadways in Bethel, and you might get this:

“Kids riding with their parents, or no helmets, no insurance, no drivers license," Vice President of Bethel Search and Rescue Fritz Charles said, "doing about 50, 60 miles per hour down the road.”