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Bethel City Council Candidate: Fritz Charles

Sep 8, 2016
Bethel City Council member Fritz Charles is running for re-election.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Continuing our series profiling the candidates running for Bethel City Council in the upcoming municipal election, we spoke with Fritz Charles. Charles grew up down river from Bethel in Tuntutuliak, but has lived in Bethel for the last 15 years. Charles says that he is a candidate for the people. 

To listen to the full interview, please scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Bethel City Council Candidate: Norman Ayagalria

Sep 7, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Six candidates from Bethel are running for three Bethel City Council seats. KYUK is profiling these candidates in the coming days before the Oct. 4 election. Our fourth profile in the series is Norman Ayagalria. Ayagalria has worked as a grant writer for YKHC, lived in Bethel for 15 years, and wants to bring Bethel City Council into the 21st century by collecting consumer data. 

To listen to the full interview go to the bottom of the page. 

Bethel City Council Candidate: Mary Nanuwak

Sep 7, 2016
Katie Basile / KYUK

Six candidates from Bethel are running for three Bethel City Council seats. KYUK is profiling these candidates in the coming days before the Oct. 4 election. Our third profile in the series is Mary Nanuwak. Nanuwak is a former nurse who has been living in Bethel off and on since the 1960's. For the past few years Nanuwak has religiously attended City Council meetings in Bethel, making her options known at the beginning of each meeting. 

To listen to the full interview, go to the bottom of the page. 

Akiak Adds Its Thoughts To AVCP Bylaw Rewrite

Sep 1, 2016
Department of Community and Regional Affairs

The Native Village of Akiak has added its name to a growing number of villages commenting on the Association of Village Council Presidents' proposal to alter its bylaws. AVCP wants to lengthen board member terms and increase the powers of its 12-member Executive Board.

Katie Basile / KYUK

A flood of federal funding is coming to rural Alaska for water and sewer projects, and a big chunk of that is going to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Bethel City Council has decided not to protest a liquor license requested by Snack Shack restaurant. If granted a license, the eatery would become the second restaurant in Bethel to serve alcohol.

Anthony Nelson, a minister at the nearby Bethel Dream Center, pointed out that having a liquor-serving establishment close by could tempt the recovering alcoholics at the Center.

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.

Adrian Wagner / KYUK

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.

Dean Swope / KYUK

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.