Stories about politics.

Changing the retirement terms for future employees and approving a five-year infrastructure plan are some of the big action items that sit before the Bethel City Council on September 24, 2018.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Bethel’s Community Action Grant application period opened on May 1, and will close on May 31. Community Action Grants are funded by the alcohol sales tax. They’re meant to provide money for public projects to benefit Bethel residents, especially the city's most vulnerable populations.

Tiffany Zulkosky was sworn in as House District 38's state representative on March 9, 2018.
Courtesy of Michelle Sparck.

In March, House District 38 Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky introduced a bill for the state to recognize Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes. House Bill 123 has passed through two committees, and is headed to the house floor for a vote. Comments from the bill's supporters were drawn from hearings before the Alaska House Committee for Tribal Affairs, and an online forum hosted by the Tlingit and Haida Central Council.


A tax on pop will not be coming to a grocery store near you. At least not just yet. 

2020 Census Shows Alaska's Population Growth Slower Than National Average

Apr 27, 2021
Jeff Chen / Alaska Public Media

Alaska’s population grew by 3.3% over the past decade, according to numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau on April 26.

KYUK's interview with Maj. Gen. Torrence Saxe on emergency preparedness in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, and why he wants to expand the National Guard presence in the region.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK


After nearly four hours of discussion during its April 13 meeting, Bethel City Council moved to postpone the vote on the proposed sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax until its next regular meeting.



Alaskans Will Need To Dial 10 Digits For In-state Calls

Apr 13, 2021
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Starting later this year, Alaskans will need to dial the 907 area code to make phone calls within the state.

Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to  Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Bethel Police Department

Bethel City Council has taken action in response to a Bethel woman’s protest regarding her sexual assault case. On March 30, the city council voted to hire an independent investigator to review the city’s response to reports of sexual assault. 


Akiak, Alaska
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The City of Akiak is not changing its alcohol laws following its special election on March 30, and the votes from the election will not be counted.

Courtesy Kristy Napoka

Alaska governors have responded to disasters very differently. The legal guidelines for emergency declaration are open to interpretation and give governors a lot of discretion, which can leave local governments and tribes scrambling for help.