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Katie Basile / KYUK

The Association of Village Council Presidents no longer supports the proposed Donlin Gold mine. That decision came during its annual convention this week.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Association of Village Council Presidents’ annual convention kicks off Sept. 24 at the Bethel Cultural Center. It will last until Sept. 25. 

Two more marijuana stores are one step closer to opening in Bethel. Last week, the state’s Marijuana Control Board approved “Kusko Kush” and ”Alaskan Grown Cannabis,” but they had some conditions. 

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Kwethluk is partnering with Nuvista Light and Electric Cooperative to build a battery storage system. It will keep the power on during outages, and could one day help wean the community off diesel fuel. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Donlin Gold may not be building their gold mine right now, but they are in the middle of construction. The company that wants to build one of the world’s biggest gold mines is currently renovating a church in Chuathbaluk in the middle Kuskokwim River. Why? Donlin says that investing in communities near the mine is being “a good neighbor.” 

Financing for the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project was approved. The above map shows where the water and sewer pipes will go.
City of Bethel

The Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project is officially underway. On Aug. 13, Bethel City Council approved the bond sale of $8 million for the project. Combined with a $5 million dollar federal grant, that money will be spent on adding piped water and sewer to the Avenues, which comprises around 112 homes behind AC. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

There haven’t been any public protests against the proposed Donlin Gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta since last summer. But one tribe broke the silence with a resolution opposing the mine this month. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

For the past few years, organizations and businesses in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta have put on a conference in Bethel to tackle some of the biggest challenges in the region: jobs, energy costs, and the environment. Usually they focus on them separately, but not this year.  

Knik Construction will be excavating along Bethel's Ridgecrest Drive in front of the Alaska Commercial Company store near Willow Street beginning Friday. Knik will close the road to one lane between Bethel Independent Baptist Church and Subway for two to three days, and control traffic with flaggers. The work will replace culverts along the roadside. Knik asks drivers to expect delays and changes to the traffic pattern during this time. 

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Traffic jams on Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway and Ridgecrest Drive will be the new normal until September. The Alaska Department of Transportation is working on two road projects in Bethel.