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City of Bethel

Bethel City Council candidate Raymond "Thor" Williams.


Cece Franko is running for Bethel City Council.
Cece Franko

KYUK is continuing its series profiling candidates for Bethel City Council. Today, KYUK’s Greg Kim brings us Cece Franko. You can listen to Bethel City Council candidate Cece Franko’s full “Coffee@KYUK” interview online.


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

Three modifications to the Bethel Municipal Code passed introduction last night, but not without debate.

Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

On Tuesday night, Bethel City Council gave the city manager permission to sign the first contract for the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project. DOWL Engineering submitted a draft of the contract that totals almost a million dollars. The engineering firm has laid out seven phases that will go into developing the design.

Alyssa Gustafson-Leary is running for Bethel City Council.
Greg Kim / KYUK

KYUK is continuing its series of profiles on candidates for Bethel City Council. Today, KYUK’s Greg Kim brings us Alyssa Gustafson-Leary. You can listen to Gustafson-Leary’s full "Coffee@KYUK" interview online.


Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Three out of the six candidates running for Bethel City Council this year are women. That’s the second time since at least 2006 that three women have run, and the first time that half the candidates have been female. KYUK’s Greg Kim asked some former council members what they thought about that.


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

2009 was the year that Bethel went from “damp” to “wet” in terms of alcohol regulations. The town's first liquor store in more than 40 years opened in 2015. But why were there six years in between, when liquor stores were legal but non-existent?  


Haley Hanson is running for Bethel City Council.
Haley Hanson

Continuing our series of profiles on candidates running for seats on the Bethel City Council, here is first-time candidate Haley Hanson. You can listen to the full Coffee@KYUK interview with Hanson online.


Bethel City Council greenlighted signing a $975,800 contract with DOWL for the engineering design of the Avenues Piped Water and Sewer Project.
City of Bethel

The ordinance to pay Bethel City Council members is dead. The city council passed an ordinance earlier this year that would pay members for attending meetings. It would have gone into effect if residents voted in favor of it in the 2019 election. However, council members never took the action of putting it on the ballot, and the deadline has passed. 

Last month, Alaska’s U.S. Senators accompanied Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on a trip to communities around the state. The tour marked DeVos’ first visit to Alaska as a member of President Trump’s cabinet. The group visited schools in Wasilla, Kotzebue, Nome, and Kivalina. Kivalina is one of the Alaskan communities most threatened by erosion. 

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