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Dean Swope / KYUK

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.

Dean Swope / KYUK

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.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

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
twmurph / Flickr Creative Commons

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. 

Bethel City Manager's Last Council Meeting

Sep 14, 2016
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bethel City Manager Ann Capela attended her last city council meeting Tuesday night before her early retirement from the position. Capela praised city workers and council members at the end of the meeting.

“I want to thank the many, many, people who work in Bethel and call Bethel their home," Capela said. 

Then Capela thanked Bethel itself.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Women in the Delta are hoping to use their money to change their communities. The idea is to pool funds to create a permanent source of wealth that can be funneled into communities in a way that leaves a lasting impact. The YK Delta Women in Philanthropy launched earlier this month with a kickoff event in Bethel.

Charles Enoch / KYUK

The Calista Corporation is campaigning to get more shareholders to receive their dividends through direct deposit. As an incentive, Calista is offering $250 to 10 people who register for direct deposit by 5 p.m. on September 23.  The winners will be chosen through a drawing the following week. Anyone who has registered for direct deposit this year is eligible.

Bethel City Council Candidates

Sep 9, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

On this episode of Delta Affairs Weekly, we speak with the six candidates running for Bethel City Council in the 2016 municipal election: Norman Ayagalria, Fritz Charles, Byron Maczynski, Mary Nanuwak, Fred Watson, and Mary Weiss.