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Daysha Eaton / KYUK

Bethel shoppers might have seen a Facebook post this past weekend that brought some sad news: Meyers Farm has shut down its market on Ptarmigan Street. Tim Meyers says that the priorities have changed at Meyers Farm.


Caribou Traders Liquor Store will close permanently on Saturday, Jan 4.
Greg Kim / KYUK

When the liquor stores close under the state local option law, a large portion of the city’s alcohol revenue will disappear. The city estimated that it would earn $500,000 from alcohol taxes this fiscal year. 

Ten resolutions passed during the Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention last week, and only one failed. That’s a huge change from last year, when AVCP passed one resolution that it introduced and tabled the rest. AVCP says that what happened last year was because the resolutions were not submitted by deadline.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Red Devil Part III 

Rebecca Wilmarth can see the empty school building across her lawn in Red Devil, Alaska. It shut down in 2009 and for a while, willows and alders shrouded it from view. Wildland firefighters recently cut them back to reveal a brown building with blue trim. For a place that’s been abandoned for 10 years, it appears in remarkably good shape.

Crooked Creek Traditional Council Building
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Crooked Creek is getting a new runway. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced an award of $16,054,709 to rebuild the village’s runway. 

Courtesy of Catherine Cedars/AVCP RHA

Association of Village Council Presidents, Regional Housing Authority lost a civil court case last Friday when a jury found the agency responsible for $3,427,000 in damages. In January of 2016, a boiler explosion injured Dietrich Mael in his family’s home, which was built by AVCP RHA. 

Thaddeus “Thad” Tikiun is the new board chair of the Association of Village Council Presidents. During the second day of the 2019 AVCP Annual Convention, AVCP delegates chose him to replace outgoing chair Raymond Watson, who had finished his three-year term.

Dean Swope / KYUK

People in the Bethel Cultural Center tensed up on the morning of Sept. 25. A resolution seeking to withdraw AVCP’s 2006 resolution supporting the proposed Donlin Gold mine had just popped up on the projector screen. The 2006 resolution said that it supported the mine’s development as long as it was developed in an “environmentally sound manner.” 

For most applicants, the Permanent Fund Dividend arrives next Thursday. Each check totals $1,606.00. That’s six more dollars than last year’s PFD amount and is the highest PFD since 2015 when checks reached $2,072. 

Association of Village Council Presidents

During the first day of its annual convention, the Association of Village Council Presidents had some good news to tell the 38 delegates attending: AVCP is set to file its 2018 audit on time, which is a first for the organization.