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Steven Lindbeck, this year's Democratic challenger to long time U.S. Representative Don Young, has been campaigning in the Bethel area this week.

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Tuesday was the first day of the Association of Village Council Presidents' annual three-day convention. A lot happened, and more is to come today and tomorrow. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur was at the meeting Tuesday and talks with KYUK’s Adrian Wagner about what went on.

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The Association of Village Council Presidents kicked off a busy week with an all-day Bethel workshop focused on improving how energy is used in Western Alaska.

2016 AVCP Annual Convention Begins

Oct 4, 2016

Tribal members and delegates from across 56 villages are coming together in Bethel this week for the annual convention of the Association of Village Council Presidents. And the agenda for the Native regional non-profit corporation is a full one.

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Bethel City Council has asked both State Troopers and Bethel PD to more actively enforce existing laws and ordinances banning ATVs on roadways, something Mayor Rick Robb voted against at Tuesday's council meeting.

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Bethel has another liquor store. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Bethel Native Corporation opened Bethel Spirits on Front Street. It’s the second liquor store to open in Bethel this year after an almost half century ban on legal alcohol sales. KYUK’s Anna Rose MacArthur arrived as the doors opened.

2016 PFD Amount Announced

Sep 23, 2016
Office of Governor Bill Walker / SOA

This year's Permanent Fund Dividend amount has been announced, and the payout will be $1,022 per eligible Alaskan.

Governor Bill Walker made the announcement this morning through the release of a video recorded at Valley Pathways High School in Palmer.

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Earlier this week we told you about the YK Delta Women in Philanthropy. It’s a growing group of women in the Delta who’re pooling their funds to help communities locally and globally. The group launched earlier this month with a kickoff event in Bethel. This week on Delta Affairs Weekly, we’re revisiting those women to hear more about them and their giving circle.

City Council Debates New Waste Disposal Options

Sep 15, 2016

The Bethel City Council has postponed an amendment that would allow city residents to install individual sewer systems in homes. 

Bethel’s energy committee proposed changing the Municipal Code to give residents more options for waste disposal. Incinerating toilets and composting toilets were the new options discussed. Jody Drew chairs the committee. 

City Sales Tax Might Not Be Making It To The City

Sep 15, 2016
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The City of Bethel has a problem - it doesn’t know how much money it’s making, or not making, in sales tax. The city is also not enforcing violations.  

Bethel City Council and city administration talked about a possible solution to the problem. Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski was the first to chime in.

“Seems like we’re constantly putting out bush fires. I think we need to jump on this one now, to stomp out one that’s already flaming," said Maczynski.