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Shana Decossas helps someone renew their driver's license.
Greg Kim / KYUK

After two long months, the Bethel DMV is open for business. It had been closed while the state found and trained a new employee. She’s finally here, and her name is Shanna Decossas. KYUK talked with Decossas about how eager people are to see her.


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.
Thom Leonard / Calista Corporation

Official election results from the Calista Corporation board elections are in, and the results remain the same as the unofficial results announced by the regional Native corporation earlier this week. George Guy of Kwethluk, Johnnie Evan of Tuntutuliak, and Wayne Don of Mekoryuk were all re-elected to their seats.

AC Liquor Store receives state approval to reopen in Bethel.
Geraldine Brink / KYUK

The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board unanimously approved a liquor license transfer to the Northwest Company, doing business locally as Alaska Commercial Company, or AC. AC bought the license from Cezary Maczynski of Kusko Liquor. The approval comes with stipulations that include fire marshal approval and a background check of AC ownership. 

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.
Thom Leonard / Calista Corporation

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.

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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. 


Skip Gray / 360 North

Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed $444 million from the state budget on Friday. Organizations across Bethel rely on that money and are asking how they can continue providing services with fewer resources. KYUK looks at some of these impacts.

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

Caribou Traders may have new owners soon. The current management plans to buy the liquor store from UCI, a subsidiary of Hooper Bay’s Sea Lion Corporation. 

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

Six months have passed since Caribou Traders Liquor Store opened in Bethel. It’s the only liquor store in town after the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board refused to renew AC Liquor Store’s license last May. 


Since AlaskaBUDS first blazed the trail, it seems that the floodgates have opened. At least four more marijuana stores hope to open in Bethel. At least, that’s the number of stores that have notified the city. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

In Western Alaska, accelerating erosion is forcing several villages to consider moving. In Quinhagak, a village on the Bering Sea, erosion is threatening the sewer lagoon and the building that houses its washeteria and health clinic. 


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