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Police Chief Andre Achee presented an update to Bethel City Council on the department's recruiting efforts since the city gave it the ability to raise its salary budget by more than 25 percent.

The chief reported that the department is still only at 50 percent capacity, with many of the officers working two weeks on, two weeks off. These officers do not get benefits, but have a base pay of $60/hour with $90/hour for overtime. Achee was not concerned that this was impacting the department's spending ability, and said that he would not be seeking additional funds from council.

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The City of Quinhagak will not receive disaster relief funds from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Quinhagak City Administrator Michelle Matthew says NOAA denied the request because the community is not facing a natural resource disaster.

Final Candidates Running For Bethel City Council

Aug 23, 2016
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The time to register as a Bethel city council candidate has passed, and the final list of names is in. Running for the three open seats will be the following:

Mary Weiss (already sitting on council on a temporary basis in place of resigned member Chuck Herman), Fritz Charles, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, Norman Ayagalria, and Vice Mayor Byron Maczynski.

Council member Zach Fansler apparently chose not to run for re-election after his victory in the House District 38 Democratic primary. 

Bethel City Council elections will be held on October 4.

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The number of public washers and dryers in Bethel has doubled. On Friday, the Swanson’s Quick Food Center, better known as Q2, opened a new laundromat. It was originally set to open in June, but facilities manager Cliff Linderoth says that other projects got in the way. A few months later, the doors are open and the machines are ready to go. KYUK talked with Linderoth at the laundromat a few hours after the opening.

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Oscarville residents should see their electric costs go down in the next few months.

AVEC, the Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, is working with the Oscarville village corporation to install new meters so that residents can buy electricity directly from AVEC.

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Attorney Margaret Stock, an independent, will be on the November ballot along with Republican Lisa Murkowski and whoever gains the Democratic nomination.  Stock may not live in rural Alaska, but she can talk the talk about local issues like fisheries and the Donlin Gold mine. To get elected, she'll have to convince voters to support a new national movement of independents. 

Eli Wassillee

Church services for the Nunapitchuk Moravian Church resumed this week after the building toppled off its pilings last month. Half of the Kuskokwim-area village attends the church and have moved to a temporary donated space while they raise money to rebuild.

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Bethel City Council enacted zoning regulations for its new commercial marijuana policy at its meeting on Tuesday, August 9.

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Bethel City Council protested Baba's Pizza's application for a liquor license because the restaurant has an outstanding fire and safety violation.

The council says it will support the application once the eatery meets safety codes.

Mayor Rick Robb also expressed concerns about the restaurant's close proximity to a residential area.

Dean Swope

The race to become Bethel’s second restaurant to serve alcohol will continue at tonight’s city council meeting. Council will vote on a resolution protesting a liquor license application from Baba's Pizza. The Council postponed the resolution while the eatery underwent a fire and safety check.